Bowerbirds & Dry The River: Live in Chicago

The night was somber, in mood and in lighting. The enchanting harmonics of Bowerbirds Beth Tacular’s voice soothing the rugged tenor of her counterpart- and real-life love- Phillip Moore was as beguiling as it was symphonic. At the beginning of their set, following the energetic set of the opening band, Dry The River, there was […]

Hipsters: Tight Pants and Hot Jazz

As you enter through the city of Chicago, you may very well become overwhelmed. The city buzzes with cars, honking and screeching, lights flashing, people yelling at you and every one who may cross their paths. This is a unique experience to someone like me, who thrives on chaos and all things busy. Although the […]


Local Spotlight: Shiloh

Local band, Shiloh has a familiar sound unlike anything one might expect to hear. Imagine a circle of friends gathered around a campfire, drinking whisky while their faces fill with warmth and ashes. The smoke creates a hazy comfort in good company. Voices rise and fall, like dominoes set to a tickling rhythm. Chicago-based Shiloh […]


Weighing The Do’s and Do Not’s of Do Division Festival in Wicker Park

Do Division Fest, the donation-based music/food/marketplace/whatever fest held annually in Wicker Park, is heavy on big sounds and single folks roaming the wilds. But the $5 suggested on entry goes to good causes—local non-profit organizations and three surrounding elementary schools. According to one of the staff, about 21% of the donations go to funding the local schools […]

Nina Simone

Name: Eunice Kathleen Waymon   Born February 21, 1933- April 21, 2003 (aged 70)   Genres: Jazz, blues, R&B, folk, gospel   Occupations: Singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, activist from 1954–2003   Simone was born Eunice Kathleen Waymon in Tryon, North Carolina. The sixth of eight children in a poor family, she began playing piano at […]


Sharon Van Etten and Shearwater @ Lincoln Hall

The well-loved band, Shearwater, based out of Austin included members of Okkervil River, opened for Brooklyn based singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten at Lincoln Hall. Van Etten approaches the stage, she is in a black lace camisole and black jeans. Her hair glistens in the smoky low-lit hall. A silver band is on her ring finger, […]


Film Review: Frost/Nixon (2008)

Frost/Nixon (Howard, 2008) is a film adaptation of the controversial interview of Richard Nixon by a young British Journalist named David Frost. This interview took place immediately following the notorious Watergate Scandal that occurred during Nixon’s presidency. The film, directed by Ron Howard, has many elements of argumentation, including propositions of fact, value, and policy. […]