My My My Play Metro 3/21/15

Shoeshine Boy Productions has put together another great bill of Chicago bands to play at Metro this Saturday night. Rearden Roark headlines, with Buckman Page, Joe Renardo and One More Moon playing early. Immediately ahead of Roark will be a band I like caled My My My. I saw them last year at Abbey Pub and they put on a fun show. The chemistry between … Continue reading My My My Play Metro 3/21/15

SxSw Send-off For Chicago Bands At Bottom Lounge 3/7/2015

There’s a party going down at Bottom Lounge this Saturday, and it’s gonna be a great time. 4 Chicago bands will be playing their last sets in town before heading down to Austin, TX for the South By Southwest music festival. Molehill will be headlining the night, and they’ll be joined by some of my favorite acts: The Future Laureates, Vintage Blue, and Steve Stone. … Continue reading SxSw Send-off For Chicago Bands At Bottom Lounge 3/7/2015

Dunn Dunn Fest 2/19-2/21/2015

It’s almost that time of year again. No, not National Cheesecake Day. That’s Thursday July 30th. I’m talking about Dunn Dunn Fest, one of the best music festivals in Chicago. Head of the class if you’re talking indoor venues. Lots of great local bands from all genres are joined by fantastic touring acts. One of which I’m particularly excited about. When I went up to … Continue reading Dunn Dunn Fest 2/19-2/21/2015

Joe Pug-“Stay And Dance”

My personal history with Joe Pug is not terribly long or storied. I first saw him open for Josh Ritter in a club in Des Moines, Iowa and thought he sounded great. His voice was strong and his words articulate and true. I’ve enjoyed his records and gone to see him a few times since then (including another opening slot with Ritter), most recently over … Continue reading Joe Pug-“Stay And Dance”

Toronto Urban Roots Festival 2014 Preview

Next week, instead of reveling in drunken buffoonery and watching fireworks explode over Lake Michigan, MD is heading north to Lake Ontario in Toronto to collect some Harvey’s trays and also enjoy a great music festival now in its second year. The Toronto Urban Roots Festival takes place at Fort York Garrison Common, and founder Jeff Cohen has put together another great lineup this year. … Continue reading Toronto Urban Roots Festival 2014 Preview