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…

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…

Getting Rowdy with Beach Slang

“My granny told me to dress your best for the people you love which is why I’m looking smooth as fuck!” Those at the House of Blues Thursday night for the Bayonne + Beach Slang + Minus the Bear show knew they were in for a treat when singer James Alex and the rest of…

Cameron Avery Courts Chicago

“Chicago has the best fucking crowds in the world.” Strong praise from the talented Aussie, Cameron Avery, who played Schubas Tavern last Wednesday night to an enthusiastic crowd.

The ladies bring the heat!

Last Friday featured co-headliners The Courtneys and Jay Som at Schubas. The Funs, although billed as the opening act, brought the energy levels up with their unique sound. Crazy Courtney put it best between songs, saying that she is constantly in awe of The Funs, and that hearing their music is like being at a…

Cold War Kids w/ Middle Kids @ The Riviera Theater

Touring with Cold War Kids is Australia’s Middle Kids. Although the band was the opening act of the show, their fiercefully energetic set showed that they are not to be ignored. They are passionate about their music, especially their recently-released, self-titled EP, from which much of the setlist hailed. Coming into the show, I wasn’t…

The Joy Formidable in The Wilderness Downtown

A tent, a blanket of leaves, the sound of a crackling fire and nature buzzing in the background. No, we weren’t in the woods, we were actually at Lincoln Hall in the middle of the city! As part of The Joy Formidable’s semi-acoustic tour, they brought the woods to us. Lincoln Hall was totally transformed…

Love for Lo Moon

Subterranean was tightly packed as Lo Moon came on stage Saturday night. I’m not used to seeing so many people at the venue so early, but this gave Lo Moon a great opportunity to show off their musical prowess. Having only heard the band’s sprawling single “Loveless,” I was completely blown away by the dept of…