The Wind And The Wave at SPACE 2/25/18

Last night I finally had the opportunity to see The Wind And The Wave play live in Chicago. There have been many near misses over the past few years, as they’ve come to town many times while I was either away or busy the nights they were here. I made the trek up to Evanston to finally check this one off my list. I was … Continue reading The Wind And The Wave at SPACE 2/25/18

Ezra Furman at Space 1/7/2017

I’m repeating myself for maybe the thousandth time, but there is nothing greater than seeing Ezra Furman perform in front of a hometown crowd. He’s so comfortable and at ease that the show is like an episode of Storytellers. He talks at length about songs and what he’s feeling and it’s amazing. This solo show was no different, and I’m glad I could make it … Continue reading Ezra Furman at Space 1/7/2017

Ezra Furman and the Boyfriends at Space 7/27/2014

ef-21Ezra Furman and the Boyfriends are the best rock and roll band working today. If you don’t agree I’m guessing it’s for one of the following reasons: a) You’ve never listened to them, or b) You’re in a band and think that you’re the best band working today (you’re not). Over the past couple years Furman and his band have created two of the best records to see a release, and the live show they put on is always extraordinary.

Last night they played in their favorite venue, Space. A return home for the Evanston natives after a long stint in Europe. They played two sets with no opener and covered a lot of ground in the Furman songbook. They even played a track recorded for Day Of The Dog that they decided not to use on the album. It’s actually a really good tune that has lines like “It’s good to be drunk on the weekend, but it’s better to be drunk all week” and “I have a bright future in music as long as I don’t find true happiness.”

The first set was shorter, maybe a half hour or so that started off with “I Wanna Destroy Myself” and included a cover of Springsteen’s Darkness On The Edge Of Town classic “Promised Land.” They also covered Paul Baribeau’s “The Mall,” which features on Day Of The Dog.
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Ezra Furman At SPACE 12/29/12

I wasn’t expecting to see another show after hitting The Killers set at UIC Pavillion. It was Christmas time so I was traveling around and didn’t even consider the possibility. But then I remembered that Ezra Furman was playing two nights in the area, and I just couldn’t stay away. Even feeling as lousy as I still do with a cold and post-holiday cookie withdrawal, … Continue reading Ezra Furman At SPACE 12/29/12