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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Live Review: Painted Palms live at Schubas Tavern

Reese Donahue and Chris Prudhomme are first and foremost cousins and second they are band mates. They make up the psych Synth pop duo, Painted Palms. The two not only grew up in Lafayette on the same block, but as of recently, they live in the same building in San Francisco. Although, it took them […]

Battles at Bottom Lounge

Taking bits and pieces from the Animal Collective, A Place To Bury Strangers, and a bit of nautical celeste for aesthetic purposes gives fans a pleasant feeling of familiarity when listening to the band known as Battles. The Bottom Lounge can put on a show just right…the mood set in the murky hall has a sedative effect to […]

Thao & the Get Down Stay Down Play Lincoln Hall

San Francisco Bay Area-based musician, Thao Nguyen, had taken a “four-year break” from music to dedicate her time to charity before her latest album, We the Common, came out in early 2013 on Ribbon records. With the record release being so fresh and Thao having been out of the spotlight for so long, it was a pleasant surprise […]

Live Review: Patrick Watson at Lincoln Hall

Only six months has passed since Montreal-based musician Patrick Watson last visited Chicago. On his second visit,  he returned to Lincoln Hall to a completely different crowd. Months ago the crowd was half the size, composed of people who were mostly unfamiliar with his music. This time the hall was filled to capacity. People were singing along with Watson […]