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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Rockism and the Reduction of Rock n’ Roll

NY Times 2004 article link: Here “Rockism means idolizing the authentic old legend (or underground hero) while mocking the latest pop star; lionizing punk while barely tolerating disco; loving the live show and hating the music video; extolling the growling performer while hating the lip-syncher.”

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 […]

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 […]