Category Archives: Show Review

Saturday Night on the Square: The Pillowhammer and Mawrcrest (3/22)

The Pillowhammer I started the night out at the Café Mustache taking in some jazz and looking at clay masks staring back at me on the walls. I don’t normally seek jazz out but I had come to meet my … Continue reading

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Cate Le Bon, Kevin Morby @ Schubas (1/23)

This winter has shown little mercy to Chicago: the constant stream of snow, the ungodly gusts blowing down from Canada, the roads and trains packed with miserable commuters doing little to hide their miserableness. It’s downright demoralizing, sometimes bordering on … Continue reading

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Caveman, Computer Magic @ Schubas (3/5)

I came to Schubas on a blizzardy Tuesday evening, one of those nights with an eerie peace and quiet to it. I thought most people would be hibernating from the elements but the show had quite the turnout. I walked … Continue reading

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Ty Segall, Ex-Cult, Zath [late show] @ The Empty Bottle (2/9)

Ty Segall Band approached their late show at the Empty Bottle Saturday like a seasoned competitor would a race. Having already headlined an early set a few hours prior for a different crowd, Ty opened set two — start time: … Continue reading

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Ben Gibbard, Advance Base @ The Athenaeum Theatre (11/2)

Thanks to a kind friend and the convenient proximity of my birthday, I got to see Ben Gibbard, the creative force behind Death Cab for Cutie, play a nearly sold-out solo acoustic show at The Athenaeum on Friday night. The … Continue reading

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Archie Powell & The Exports @ Subterranean (10/27)

I’m pleased somebody snapped a shot of Archie Powell at Saturday’s Halloween show at Subterranean: A friend assumed Courtney Love at first. I agreed. Blonde punky chick. Done. But then a mid-set outfit change signaled Madonna. Archie, which one? (It … Continue reading

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Old 97′s @ The Vic Theatre (10/19)

The Old 97’s Too Far to Care Tour stopped at The Vic this past Friday, and it was a real treat to hear that seminal 1997 album in its entirety live. Their third album and major label debut, it served … Continue reading

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Conor Oberst, Van Dyke Parks @ Riverfront Theater (9/22)

This was my first time at the wonderful Riverfront Theater, a large circus tent (yes, you read that right, a circus tent) located just off the River and Chicago Ave. While I can’t imagine that it would have been as … Continue reading

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Cains & Abels @ Schubas (6/15)

I have my high regard for Bare Mutants‘ music and David Sampson’s divine mane, I think, to thank for setting in motion such steadfast support for Cains & Abels these past few months. By that I mean it was Bare … Continue reading

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Suns, Caught in Your Pockets @ Subterranean (6/7)

Of the two years worth of shows I’ve been to in Chicago, Suns‘ gig at Subterranean Thursday was hands down the loudest thing I’ve heard. Perhaps that timeline extends to any time, in any city. Ever. Really. I wouldn’t have … Continue reading

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