Nadalands-The New Day EP

I was recently sent the new EP from Fort Collins-based musician John Lindenbaum, who plays under the moniker Nadalands. I had the chance to give it a couple listens right away and then I was out of town for a few days and left it alone. Upon listening again, I’m struck by how solidly the songs are constructed. He switched from the basic instruments to … Continue reading Nadalands-The New Day EP

Ryan Herrick-Whiteclay

After listening to some of Chicago singer/songwriter Ryan Herrick’s music, a couple of things stand out: He plays with a lot of passion for the material he sings about and he’s a gifted guitarist who can manipulate the strings to his will. His chosen subject, the plight of the Native Americans, is well-known, but nobody ever seems to want to talk about it unless it … Continue reading Ryan Herrick-Whiteclay

Lilah Larson-Pentimento

I’ve been a big fan of Lilah Larson since 2011, when Oliver Ignatius sent me some tracks he was working on for Sons Of An Illustrious Father. They pretty instantly became one of my favorite bands, and the album One Body has been a constant in my streaming habits (as well as vinyl listening-a beautiful oxblood red piece of wax). They’ve kept fairly busy the … Continue reading Lilah Larson-Pentimento

Gar Clemens-“Cricket Hill”

There are is a lot of great music coming to Chicago this week, courtesy of Dunn Dunn Fest. It all kicks off tomorrow, and one of the very first performers will be Gar Clemens, opening at The Hideout for Grace Askew. I haven’t had a chance to review his full album, Cricket Hill, but I enjoyed the Springsteen-esque title track very much. If you dig … Continue reading Gar Clemens-“Cricket Hill”

Johnny Gallagher-Six Day Hurricane

If you only know John Gallagher, jr. from his acting roles in films like Short Term 12 or television programs like “Newsroom,” you’re really only seeing a limited view of the man’s many talents. He’s an award-winning Broadway actor whose performance in musicals like “Spring Awakening” and Green Day’s “American Idiot” catapulted him into the elite of musical theater. He’s long been an active songwriter … Continue reading Johnny Gallagher-Six Day Hurricane