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…

Starcrawler turns it up to 100

Holy hell, where do I even start? I have never seen a band that so expertly keeps the attention of the crowd while still managing to rock hard from start to finish. Many bands attempt this, but I often feel that either the performance or the music suffers at the expense of the other. Starcrawler…

Local Natives: a night of breathtaking beauty!

Thalia Hall has got to be one of my favorite venues in town. Built in the late 1800’s and modeled after the Prague opera house, it is bubbling over with charm, beauty, and character! It only seems fitting that a band of equal allure would set up camp at the venue May 23-24. Local Natives…

An Evening with Johnny Marr

Johnny (middle name “Fuckin”) Marr. I had thought that only my Catalan friend living in London called him that, but I quickly learned that calling the former Smiths guitarist by his “full” name is apparently commonplace. Fans of the legendary guitarist packed into The Vic Theatre Monday night eager to spend a few hours with…

Reptaliens bring the funk!

Aliens?! Man-sized reptiles?! Funky beats?!! Why, it must be Reptaliens! This group of goofballs sure knows how to put a show. Their music has a nice retro feel to it as they pull in some groovy beats to balance out their dreamy, synth pop sounds. Their show was also a feast for the eyes! Between…