Michigander at Sleeping Village 8/3/19

It may be easy to figure out where Michigander is from, but it’s much harder to pinpoint where Jason Singer’s project fits in the soundscape of music today. He blends rock and pop together in a way that is somehow both and neither at the same time. His ear for melody is solid, with lyrics that range from broken-hearted to hopeless romanticism. Here in Chicago, … Continue reading Michigander at Sleeping Village 8/3/19

Pitchfork Music Festival 2019: Day 3

A brief delay opened day 3 of Pitchfork after some weather popped up causing alarm after the hour-plus delay during the previous day’s festivities. It didn’t have any effect on my schedule, as I wasn’t planning to get there until after 3pm anyway. Sunday’s are usually the day I show up latest, and the schedule afforded me that luxury by not booking any of my … Continue reading Pitchfork Music Festival 2019: Day 3

Pitchfork Music Festival 2019: Day 2

The middle day of Pitchfork was bookended by two of the best performances I’ve seen at the festival in my five years going. Chicago newcomer Ric Wilson was the first thing I made it to, and the whole thing was just an explosion of joy. He brought out a local high school marching band, Kweku Collins, and came out into the crowd for a Soul … Continue reading Pitchfork Music Festival 2019: Day 2

Pitchfork Music Festival 2019: Day 1

I’ve never really considered the sun an enemy, but yesterday came pretty close. With a heat index reaching 111 degrees, it was difficult to not at least feel a little annoyance at the gaseous ball that keeps the planet habitable (for how long, who knows). I soaked through my shirt pretty quick, but also caught some great music. A compromise I’m willing to make 99.9 … Continue reading Pitchfork Music Festival 2019: Day 1

Heart Bones at Lincoln Hall 7/10/19

Heart Bones have played Chicago before, and I couldn’t make it for whatever reason. Having now witnessed the live show for myself, the feeling of regret only deepens. Despite not having an album out yet (and it sounds like we’ll be waiting a while before it comes out) they burned through an hour of material without missing a beat. Separately I’ve enjoyed both members of … Continue reading Heart Bones at Lincoln Hall 7/10/19