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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

The Sandwitches “Mrs. Jones’ Cookies

These self-proclaimed monster mash enthusiasts are a west-coast trio made up of two leading vocalists and guitarists, Heidi Alexander, Grace Cooper (both hail from their beginnings as back up vocalists of the Fresh and Onlys) and Lance Kramer on drums. The Sandwitches originated in the west coast, San Francisco. Their debut album is likened much […]

Peggy Sue: Healing the Senses

The ladies of Peggy Sue (formerly known as Peggy Sue and the Pirates) on Yep Roc records, released their “The Body Parts EP” followed by “The First Aid EP” for free in April of 2010. Both albums are cathartic and stripped to the bare bone of lust, desire and instability. Their three members, Rosa Rex, […]

Coasting vs. Clues (Album Reviews)

“There’s something inherently affable about Coasting’s sound, which has the grimy, big-hearted spirit of an early K Records release. And if you’re predisposed to liking garage rock or music that extols the virtues of all things handmade (check that punk rock cross-stitch on the album cover), you are not likely to hold Coasting’s lack of […]