Hidden gems of the week…

SUNDAY (5/19):  John Vanderslice @ Thalia Hall Vanderslice is making his triumphant return to the world of music after six years with The Cedars, which has been widely applauded as his best work to date. For tickets to Sunday’s show with Pedro the Lion, click here.   WEDNESDAY (5/22): Starcrawler @ Metro Fronted by 19-year old…

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Sunny Sweeney

Texas-born, road warrior Sunny Sweeney is bringing her “Dysfunctional Family Christmas Tour” to Joe’s this Wednesday (December 5th) and it sound like it will be quite the party! Sweeney got her start playing at local bars where she belted out songs about drinking and partying. Coupled with her wit and some experience in improv comedy,…

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Lauren Mitchell

Blues vocalist Lauren Mitchell will be making a stop at Buddy Guy’s Legends on August 29th in support of her 2017 album Desire . This album is very personal for Mitchell. With her personal and professional life in absolute chaos, she did what great artists do–turn her pain into a work of art. “Sometimes people…

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Phillip-Michael Scales

Phillip-Michael Scales is no stranger to the music scene. The gifted songwriter originally played as the indie-rock band Briar Rabbit playing songs that were a mix of folk and blues, but it proved to be a a tough atmosphere to drop your roots. After the death of his uncle, Scales moved to Chicago, took some time…

MGMT Take Us On A Ride Through A More Carefree, Decadent 80’s Giving Us Hope That We Will Survive This Little Dark Age.

Laura Hoke @tennislala February 9th ended the 5 year wait for MGMT’s fourth studio album under Columbia Records, Little Dark Age. It’s widely known that accidental rock stars, Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden met their freshman year at Wesleyan College. They bonded over their love of music, developing their relationship by impressing one another making…

Sleigh Bells @ Metro 1/31

Brooklyn’s Sleigh Bells is coming to Metro this upcoming Wednesday in support of their recently-released mini-LP Kid Kruschev. The material on the LP is more cohesive in terms of the themes presented, but it maintains their layered music with witty lyrics. Check out first release from the album “And Saints” above and click here for tickets to…

White Reaper @ Metro 11/14

One of my Lollapalooza highlights, White Reaper, is coming to Chicago this upcoming Tuesday and there are still tickets available! White Reaper released their new album, The World’s Best American Band, this past Spring and they have been touring non-stop ever since. The album features more seasoned lyrics, layered guitars, and melodies that will lodge…

Bully @ Thalia Hall 11/7

Bully is back in Chicago in support of their sophomore album, Losing, which was engineered and mixed by lead singer Alicia Bognanno. After the success of their debut album Feels Like, the second album generated a lot of buzz before it was even released. As for the title of the album, Bognanno says “The title of the…

Alvvays @ Thalia Hall 11/3

Canadian indie pop band Alvvays is returning to Chicago this Friday to play Thalia Hall. The band originally gained attention with their single “Adult Diversion” off their 2014 self-titled debut album. Alvvays released their second album, Antisocialites, in September of this year and are eager to try their new material on eager fans. The band’s unique…