July Talk at Bottom Lounge 4/18/22

It had been a while since my last July Talk show. Even before the world shut down, it had been a couple of years. Still, my memory of them being one of the best live bands I’ve ever seen proved to be true. One song in to their set at Bottom Lounge was long enough for me to see that they hadn’t lost any of … Continue reading July Talk at Bottom Lounge 4/18/22

Nubya Garcia at Aragon Ballroom 3/5/22

Like most people, I learned about jazz by watching the 2016 almost-best-picture-winner La La Land and having it explained to me by Ryan Gosling. It began in flophouses, as I recall. That’s not true. While jazz is a little bit of a blind spot for me overall, I know the big names and spent a good deal of time listening to them as I tried … Continue reading Nubya Garcia at Aragon Ballroom 3/5/22

Moon Kissed at Sleeping Village 11/3/21

If you want the quick version of my thoughts on seeing Moon Kissed live for the first time, here ya go: I bought a vinyl and a shirt after their set. For someone in my financial situation that is, quite honestly, a reckless financial choice. However, I enjoyed their performance so much, and already spent a lot of time listening to them on Spotify where … Continue reading Moon Kissed at Sleeping Village 11/3/21

Top 5ive: Pitch4k 2021

We were collectively robbed of a music festival last year that would have featured headlining performances from The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The National, and Run The Jewels. Despite every person I talk to under 30 having no idea who Run The Jewels are, that’s a ridiculously good headliner list. The make-up festival that took place last weekend, featuring a lot of the same undercard performers, … Continue reading Top 5ive: Pitch4k 2021

Strange Ranger at Lincoln Hall 11/21/19

Portland-based rockers Strange Ranger came through Chicago last Thursday on their tour opening for Chastity Belt. I took some time ahead of the show to listen to their music and found a number of songs I really like. Seeing them live I got a different energy from them, and I preferred the live versions of everything I had heard. Especially the song “Leona,” with which … Continue reading Strange Ranger at Lincoln Hall 11/21/19