The Rise of Vance Joy

Last time I saw Vance Joy, the show was at Lincoln Hall with very little lighting and a set that was more or less unplugged.  While his sound seemed well suited for intimate venues, I remember being concerned when I heard he would be opening for Taylor Swift, who is capable of selling out large…

Ghost unleashes its unholy sound on Chicago

Swedish metal band, Ghost, thrilled fans with Saturday night’s performance at the Riviera Theatre.  Ghost, a band known for their theatrics, heavy sound, and controversial lyrics, has acquired a cult-like following over the years, and after seeing them live, it all makes sense to me.

Ratatat at the Riviera Theatre

  The Brooklyn-based, electrockin’ guys of Ratatat are headed to Chicago this upcoming Tuesday to play at the Riviera Theatre.  In support of their fifth studio album, Magnifique, released this past July, the duo is making their way through the US before departing for Europe in October.  From what I have heard, Ratatat puts on…

Everything is changing: Tame Impala

Oh man, Tame Impala…where do I even start?  Having just seen Tame Impala play at Shaky Knees less than a week prior to Friday night’s show, people kept asking me, “You’re seeing them again?!”  Umm, yes.  Now I may be biased, but I completely believe they are one of the most innovative bands of our…

The Return of Tame Impala: 5.15.15

It’s been a while since Tame Impala graced Chicago with their presence.  1.5 years to be exact.  I remember it very vividly because it was a devastating experience for me.  I had tickets to see them and realized 2 weeks prior to the show that I had a mandatory work event that night…in the suburbs. …

Straight No Chaser

As a child of the 90’s I have always been a big fan of the band Bush, and the fact that Gavin Rossdale is great to look at doesn’t hurt either.  I preface this review with the previous statement so that you know what you’re in for—my biased review of a band whose lead singer…