Black Vincent-Teardrop Deluxe

It’s been five years to the day since Welcome To Ashley put out Beyond The Pale and I heard Coley Kennedy’s voice for the first time. I’ve counted myself as a fan ever since, be it with WTA or his more recent work with The Buddies. His voice has a quality that just holds your interest. He could be singing about making pasta or some … Continue reading Black Vincent-Teardrop Deluxe

The Buddies Exclusive Chicago Video Premiere

The Buddies are one of my favorite Chiacgo bands. Above that, they are one of the best live bands I’ve seen and some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. When I was offered the opportunity to premiere their new music video, I jumped at the chance.

One thing I live about the Eric and Ryan Henriquez-directed clip is that it captures the fun side of the group. The video is a throw back to the party videos of the 80’s, bringing to mind the “Fight For Your Right” video by The Beastie Boys.

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Welcome To Ashley Reunion Show Fundraiser 3/16/12 At Township

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year and a half since the first and only time I saw Welcome To Ashley perform. It was one of my first assignments as a writer, and the show just blew me away. Coley Kennedy and company were so much more than I imagined they would be on stage. The only thing I had to go on was … Continue reading Welcome To Ashley Reunion Show Fundraiser 3/16/12 At Township

The Buddies at Empty Bottle 12/22/11

Empty Bottle has often been a place of discovery for me. The first time I passed through that entry way, it was to see The Yeah Yeah Yeahs the spring before Fever To Tell dropped. Subsequent visits introduced me to acts such as Neutral Uke Hotel, Angel Olsen, Silverghost, and on this night, The Dirty Pigeons. To go along with that discovery, there were a … Continue reading The Buddies at Empty Bottle 12/22/11

The Buddies @ Double Door 9/24

The last time I saw Coley Kennedy was in August of last year. I was at Empty Bottle watching his band Welcome To Ashley perform so I could review the show for my old writing job. I was blown away by the power and magnetism of Kennedy on stage, and I was looking forward to seeing the band over and over. That dream was shattered … Continue reading The Buddies @ Double Door 9/24