Toni Romiti at Subterranean

My first time going to Subterranean in Chicago was a great experience because of Sunday night’s performance, with Toni Romiti and opening performances by Queen Key and Flex. Chicago native Toni Romiti brings her youthful energy to the stage. The young artist loves to entertain, which explains her success on social media. By posting clips…

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…

BAND SPOTLIGHT: Joensuu Riihimäki

The trio of Joensuu Riihimäki may be from Finland, but their specialty is actually roots rock/Americana. Growing up listening to great artists like Eric Clapton, U2, BB King,  and Bob Dylan, this type of music was the backbone of their musical foundation. Lead vocalist Sami and guitarist Kari met by coincidence about 4 years ago….

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.

Bust out your dancing shoes

What better way to kick off Summer 2018 than dancing with your friends in one of Chicago’s most scenic venues while jamming to some soul-soaring music?! This past Thursday, The Head and the Heart and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats co-headlined a sold out night of frivolity at Northerly Island. The weather was perfect,…

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…

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…