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…

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…