An Evening with Johnny Marr

Johnny (middle name “Fuckin”) Marr. I had thought that only my Catalan friend living in London called him that, but I quickly learned that calling the former Smiths guitarist by his “full” name is apparently commonplace. Fans of the legendary guitarist packed into The Vic Theatre Monday night eager to spend a few hours with…

Reptaliens bring the funk!

Aliens?! Man-sized reptiles?! Funky beats?!! Why, it must be Reptaliens! This group of goofballs sure knows how to put a show. Their music has a nice retro feel to it as they pull in some groovy beats to balance out their dreamy, synth pop sounds. Their show was also a feast for the eyes! Between…

Dancing our way into May with The Drums

The Drums of NYC played Metro on Wednesday to an enthusiastic crowd. As frontman Jonny Pierce entered the stage, his strong connection with fans was immediately apparent. They almost seemed to worship him and they hung on his every word. Gliding about the stage, Pierce danced to the music with great fluidity and got fans…

A little bitta that Bayonne magic!

Bayonne (Roger Sellers) helped Chicagoans usher in a weekend of bizarre weather last Friday at Schubas Tavern. I had seen Bayonne a few years ago at a Pitchfork aftershow, and was keen on seeing what he was up to these days. As I expected, he did not disappoint! Bayonne’s eccentric mind came to life in…

Jared & The Mill bring indie folk to Chicago!

Hailing from Phoenix, Arizona, Jared & The Mill consists of front man Jared Kolesar with Michael Carter, Larry Gast III, Chuck Morriss III and Josh Morin. The show at Lincoln Hall may not have been sold out, but the room was still full of intense energy!  Although we were in Chicago, I felt like I was…

Bad Sounds turns it up at Metro

Known for their energetic sets, UK’s Bad Sounds did not disappoint Wednesday night at their first ever Chicago show at Metro! The band was started by brothers Callum and Ewan Merrett whose diverse taste in music helped create the band’s unique sound. Sounding like a mix of pop, hip hop, rock, and funk, the band…

Better Oblivion Community Center at Lincoln Hall

Barely a year old, Better Oblivion Community Center played two sold-out nights at Lincoln Hall.  Comprised of Conor Oberst, of Bright Eyes fame, and Phoebe Bridgers, you could see the friendship on stage.  This did not surprise me given the theme of the band focuses around community and belonging.  As they opened the show with their current single…

Bay is bae

Whether it’s due to his passionately delivered lyrics, his good looks, his masterful guitar playing, or the t-shirt being sold in the lobby, James Bay is bae. It’s been almost a week since James Bay played to an eager crowd at the Riviera Theatre as part of his Electric Light Tour, and the show is…

Kickin’ it w/ Bryce Vine at Lincoln Hall

Rapper/singer Bryce Vine played a sold out show at Lincoln Hall in Chicago last month, and we can’t get it out of our heads!  Coming all the way from Los Angeles, Bryce Vine’s music brings fans together with its blend of west coast and east coast vibes, which makes his music stand out.  Vine’s style…

The boys are back in town

Saturday night saw the return of UK band You Me at Six at Bottom Lounge. The last time the band played the Windy City was back in 2014, so the excitement in the room was palpable. Some people had driven  across the midwest to see them, and others had been anxiously waiting their return for…