Rockin’ out of the decade with Mondo Cozmo

“Chicago is the best fucking city for rock and roll,” touted Josh Ostrander as he and his bandmates opened for X Ambassadors Friday night. While I obviously agree that Chicagoans really show up to get down at shows around the city, it was nice to hear it from an artist, since the crowd’s energy can…

Whitney’s return to Chicago

Whitney rounded out their Forever Turned Around tour with 5 nights at Thalia Hall in their hometown of Chicago. The historic venue is one of my favorites in town, and its rustic charm made for the perfect setting for the band’s shows. A beautiful backdrop was suspended behind the band, and all the musicians were dressed…

Skegss raising some hell at Bottom Lounge

Aussie band Skegss caused quite the riot at Bottom Lounge this past week! Known for their killer surf punk jams and wild energy, Skegss had the crowd going nuts from the second they struck their first chord. Considering it was their first time playing in the Windy City, I was surprised to see how many…

DIIV show at Logan Square Auditorium

With Storefront Church’s emotional one man guitar performance and Chastity’s political energy on stage, it led to a great performance by DIIV. Performing in such a historic venue like Logan Square Auditorium, it set an intimate mood that was perfect for the musical energy and the crowd size. The lighting was effective in creating various…

Jay Som: “We’re going to play some songs for you…”

It’s been a few years since I last saw Jay Som, but damn, this act is fantastic! Fans piled in early to see Jay Som play Lincoln Hall last week and I was happy to hear all the excited chatter before the show. People were sporting Jay Som hats, talking about the new album, and…

Hurricane Starcrawler

Previously seen opening for punk rock band The Distillers, Starcrawler recently came through town headlining their own tour. As fans of all ages excitedly awaited the band, there was a lot of buzz going around about their set last May. “Such incredible, raw energy!” and “Did you see her choke herself with the mic?!” were…

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…