Boy & Bear got their groove back!

Monday night saw the return of Australian band Boy & Bear after a temporary hiatus. With his health under control, singer Dave Hosking and the guys are out touring in support of Suck on Light, the album that is being released this Friday! The set Monday night featured a healthy mix of songs from their previously released…

Nothing but good vibes at the K.Flay show

K.Flay may speak of Bad Vibes on her new album, Solutions, but Friday night was nothing but positivity and and great beats! Decked out in all white, K.Flay entered the stage to, what I can only describe as, the “Hey” song that we Chicagoans probably associate with the Bulls. Needless to say, it got the fans…

The Hold Steady in Chicago

Coming off the release of their new album, Thrashing Through Passion, The Hold Steady played three nights in Chicago.  I was able to see their first night at Thalia Hall. It also happened to be the lead singer Craig Finns’s birthday. They played a plethora of hits stemming across all their albums.  Opening the set…

Night Running with Cage the Elephant and Beck

Controversial opinion: last night’s lineup at Nortlerly Island consisting of Wild Belle, Spoon, Cage the Elephant, and Beck is better than any single day lineup at Lollapalooza this year. There, I said it! I may have not been able to get off of work in time for Wild Belle and Spoon yesterday, but I have…

The National: I love a storm, but I don’t love lightning

Fans making their way to Northerly Island for The National’s concert on Friday were turned away after the venue spotted lightning nearby. After evacuating for about 30 minutes, the storm (if we can even call it that) passed, and fans were let back into the venue with an altered schedule for the night. Thankfully, the…

Matt Costa at City Winery

The City Winery recently hosted the talented acts of Matt Costa, JD and the Straight Shot and Matt Hartke. The night started off with talented songwriter Matt Hartke. Hartke’s uplifting, acoustic sound set the perfect mood to start the night. JD and the Straight Shot hit the stage afterward. The Americana band performed hits from…

JD and The Straight Shot at City Winery

Opening for Matt Costa on the SiriusXM Coffee House tour was Matt Hartke and JD & The Straight Shot.  The show was at the famous City Winery, an intimate venue in the West Loop neighborhood.  I was able to catch the last few songs of Matt Hartke.  He gave off the acoustic singer/songwriter vibe and did not disappoint!  He…

Sleepwalkers show off their musical prowess

Space Gators and Sleepwalkers started Chicago’s week off with a bang Monday night at Schubas. Touring to add hype to their forthcoming album, Ages, out July 19, Sleepwalkers made a stop in Chicago to play fans some new material as well as some old favorites. I find Sleepwalkers impressive for many reasons, the first being…

Walking on a Dream: 10 years gone

Electronic duo Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore took the world by storm with their 2008 debut album Walking on a Dream. 10 years may have passed since its release, but the music still holds up in today’s music landscape. The 10 year anniversary tour kicked off in Chicago last week when the band took over Metro…

Operators return to Chicago

Operators is one of those bands that I remember going to on a whim, but ended up completey blown away by their material. Their sound has the most amazing mix of retro and modern tones, and their songs are expertly composed. The guys next to me were clearly won over at the very same concert…