Dance party with Hockey Dad

Australian surf-punk duo, Hockey Dad, played Lincoln Hall this past weekend and got Lincoln Hall jumping like I’ve never seen it before! The band is due to release Blend Inn in February, and fans were treated to a preview of some of the songs off the album. The duo was playful with the crowd and encouraged…

A night with Overcoats

The New York duo of Overcoats swept through Chicago last week and left fans in awe. Having not seen the band before and having released YOUNG less than a year ago, I was curious to see how strong their fan base was in Chicago. I quickly received my answer as the crowd started dancing within…

Bully: a show of strength

The grunge rockers of Bully had the walls shaking last Tuesday at Thalia Hall! Although the band’s second album, Losing, came out less than a month ago, the new material was well-rehearsed for the live setting, and fans already knew the lyrics to the new songs. Lead singer Alicia Bognanno’s raw screams coupled with the…

JR JR’s Electric Energy at the HOB Chicago

Last Thursday night at the House of Blues, JR JR took over the stage and I was so ecstatic to see them play.  As soon as I got inside and started making my way towards the crowd I couldn’t help but notice the amazing light set up and clean sound that was coming off the…

Ketch-ing-up with Fleet Foxes

Please excuse the absurd title, but those at The Chicago Theatre Wednesday night knew there was a lot of Ketchup trash talking and adoration happening throughout the set. After a long 6 years hearing nothing from Fleet Foxes, I was ecstatic to see that they were rejoining the music scene with their most recent release Crack-Up. Before…

LouFest: The Best of the Fest

Coming at you with your roundup from LouFest! The weekend was full of amazing performances, but some stood out from the rest.

This Old Dog puts on an Unforgettable Show

Prior to his headlining set Saturday night at Lollapalooza, Mac DeMarco played Concord Music Hall to a group of DeMarco diehards. If those in the crowd had been at Lolla all day, I never would have guessed it based on their energy. Fueled by Jameson whiskey, DeMarco took the stage at midnight and treated fans…

Ghost’s Popestar Tour

Papa Emeritus III and his nameless ghouls put on an abbreviated version of their ritual last week at Tinley Park as the opening act for Iron Maiden. For those who have not seen Ghost before, I can only imagine what must have been going through their head. Papa Emeritus III plays the role of the…

Gang of Youths plays Chicago for the first time

Gang of Youths’ introduction to the Australian music scene came in 2015 with the release of their debut album The Positions and 2016’s EP Let Me Be Clear. Although they were the new kids on the block, their popularity spread like wildfire and they quickly became one of Australia’s best live acts. Gang of Youths…

Lewis Del Mar @ Thalia Hall

Lewis Del Mar is an experimental pop/rock duo from Rockaway Beach, NYC consisting of two best friends — singer/guitarist Danny Miller and drummer/producer Max Harwood. The two played an amazing set at Thalia Hall with the help of their friends/band mates. They band first started getting recognized when they released their single Loud(y). Shortly after, they…

Anna Wise @ Thalia Hall 5/6

A week ago, Thalia Hall brought on stage two amazing performances; opening act Anna Wise and headliner Lewis Del Mar.  As soon as Anna Wise entered the stage and started playing her music, the whole audience became mesmerized by her rhythmic, lucid electronic-pop sound. You might recognize Anna Wise by her collaborative work with Kendrick…

GGOOLLDD Shines at The Empty Bottle

After having spent 3 weeks recording in a cabin, GGOOLLDD was happy to to be back on the road again. The band took the stage around 11:30pm on Wednesday night to an excited crowd. Within the first song, it was easy to see how comfortable the band is performing live for audiences. They have a…