The Differents-It’s All Too Beautiful

Since the early 1990’s Lou Hallwas has been rocking the Steely Dan vibes in Chicago. They added a new bass player, Gary Stier, in 2015 and there’s a new album coming on Black Friday called It’s All Too Beautiful. This is their first full-length in over 5 years. The first single The Differents released for the new album is actually a reworked (and in my … Continue reading The Differents-It’s All Too Beautiful

Interview With Ruby Dunphy Of Thunderpussy

Back in May, Seattle-based Thunderpussy released their self-titled debut album. They’ve been perfecting their craft on the road over the past couple years, and the album is a great introduction to a group from whom I can’t wait to hear more. This Saturday they’ll be in Chicago, performing at Cobra Lounge and you can get tickets here. Below, drummer Ruby Dunphy answers some questions I … Continue reading Interview With Ruby Dunphy Of Thunderpussy

Slothrust-The Pact

Every couple of years our ears are gifted a great offering from Slothrust. Their third album, The Pact, comes out this Friday. It’s just one month short of the two year mark since their fantastic Everyone Else. During the gap they toured relentlessly, including a few shows here in Chicago. It also appears that they may have taken a look at their output and decided … Continue reading Slothrust-The Pact

The 37th Annual American Music Fest at Fitzgerald’s

When the American Music Fest started in Berwyn, Ronald Regan had just become president and the trickle-down economy was headed for the toilet. But the owners of Fitzgerald’s found cause for celebration in music and threw a party that I’m sure they never thought would become what it is today. Bringing in the best and brightest in folk/Americana music, the festival has grown from a … Continue reading The 37th Annual American Music Fest at Fitzgerald’s

Phillip Michael Scales-Sinner Songwriter

It’s been over four years since we last heard a collection of songs from Phillip-Michael Scales. He released a few EP’s and an LP under the moniker Briar Rabbit while living and working in Chicago from 2011-2014. He left for LA, looking for new creativity and purpose. He returned to Chicago in 2016 and began a hard reset on his career, starting with an industry … Continue reading Phillip Michael Scales-Sinner Songwriter