Tom Walker at Schubas

Tom Walker may be young, but he is a force to be reckoned with. With his raw, powerful voice and his killer guitar skills, Tom’s set had me hooked in less than 5 minutes. The sound he’s managed to create has a classic feel to it but with a unique spin. It’s a bit of soul…

The Sea The Sea

Upstate New York band The Sea The Sea opened for Maggie Koerner Tuesday night at Schubas and left listeners captivated. Although the band is technically only a duo, Chuck E. Costa and Mira Stanley have been touring with 2 other musicians to help bring their sound to the stage. Together the quartet made beautifully deep, rich…

Dear Bent Knee,

Hi. We think we have a crush on you. You have everything we love in a band–creative compositions, uniquely beautiful vocals, a sense of humor, and the ability to evoke emotions in the listener. No joke, within a single set, those at Schubas felt everything from joy all the way to fear as they switched…

Maps & Atlases Returns to Music

After 6 years of radio silence, the indie rockers out of Chicago have finally made their way back to the music scene. Lightlessness Is Nothing New was released  earlier this month by the (now) trio and is largely about the death of frontman Dave Davison’s father. Maps & Atlases played Lincoln Hall in the city where it…

Rocking out with the Kids

Alternative indie rock band, Middle Kids, played a sold out show at Lincoln Hall in Chicago.  The first time I saw them live was when they were sharing the stage last year with Cold War Kids.  Since then, I’ve become familiar with their music, and it was exciting to see them up on stage again.

Matt Maeson at The Marquee Virgin Hotels Chicago

The Marquee space at Virgin Hotels Chicago had a great night this past Saturday, as singer/songwriter Matt Maeson and opening performance Emily Blue played a sold out show.  This small venue was the perfect setting for that night’s performances because of its intimate, yet fun atmosphere. Opening act Emily Blue brought her charismatic personality on…

Post Animal plays to sold out home crowd

One of Chicago’s favorites, Post Animal, played to a packed Lincoln Hall on Friday. The 18+ show was brimming with youths who were getting rowdy the second the band struck their first chord. Mosh pits, crowd surfing, and soaring beers quickly became the norm as the crowd indulged in the band’s heavy psychedelic jams. Giving…

Fans rushed to hospital after faces melt at The Darkness concert

Guys, I’m worried I’m going mad. The Darkness graced Chicago with their presence 3 nights ago at Park West, and for very obvious reasons, I can’t stop thinking about that damn show! Unequaled stage presence paired with crushingly heavy songs has made The Darkness one of the best live acts on the road. Fresh off…

Lucius strips down for Chicago crowd

The former Brooklynites of Lucius played Thalia Hall this past Tuesday to a dedicated group of fans. The band’s most recent release, Nudes, is their first compilation album in which they rearranged previous songs, stripped them down to make them acoustic, and even threw in a few covers and new originals. Lucius opened the show with one of…

Get Dancing With Spencer Ludwig

Featured trumpeter Spencer Ludwig, from the multi-Platinum band “Capital Cities”, brings to the Metro his solo artist show alongside “Betty Who”. His new music is attracting many fans because of its jazzy blend of rhythmic funk pop sound, accompanied by his prominent trumpet playing skills. He’s played at various festivals including Lollapalooza, Piqniq, and Austin…