Liz Cooper & The Stampede Live @ Schubas-3/8/19

Liz Cooper & The Stampede Live @ Schubas-3/8/19
Liz Cooper seems to have made the transition from wallflower to rockstar quite quickly. On a cold Friday night in Chicago, we witnessed a confident frontwoman, who commanded the attention of a packed Schubas back room. A towering figure, clad in white leather boots, black pants, and a top with, what could only be described... Read more »

Liz Cooper Brings Her Warm Sound To The Windy City

Liz Cooper Brings Her Warm Sound To The Windy City
Are you wanting to break your cabin fever and get out of the house this weekend? Then I have the perfect plan for you. Uber out into the cold this Friday night, then slip into the back room of Schubas, for the warm sounds of Liz Cooper and the Stampede. I first heard this 3-piece... Read more »

The Stone Roses' Incredible B-Side "Going Down"

The Stone Roses' Incredible B-Side "Going Down"
I have been a huge Stone Roses fan since my teens. I collected the vinyl, while they were still playing together. Back then, in the 90’s it was cheap, because CD’s were the thing. Now vinyl is huge. Yep, if you haven’t heard, everyone is back into vinyl. Of course, this makes the hobby a... Read more »
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The Middle Kids Release Anthemic Debut

The Middle Kids Release Anthemic Debut
In 2018, SiriusXMU spun the Middle Kids a lot. First, they hooked us with the single “Edge of Town” from the self-titled EP, Middle Kids (check out their XMU Session here). It has everything your expecting from a great rock song. The quiet build-up of the verse, the rocking crunch of the chorus, and the... Read more »

Grapetooth: Another Fun Listen From 2018

Grapetooth: Another Fun Listen From 2018
Grapetooth dropped this super fun release, late into 2018. It’s an incredible listen, that plays like the history of Brit-Pop, with some 80’s synth-pop mixed in. Every time I hear the first verse of “Imagine On,” I’m reminded of the Happy Mondays and their big hit, “Step On.” Then you get to the chorus and... Read more »

Hippo Campus "Bambi" Tops Favorite Listens Of 2018

Hippo Campus "Bambi" Tops Favorite Listens Of 2018
Bambi, from Hippo Campus, was my favorite record of 2018. It’s the album I listened to most, all the way through. It’s the type of album that breezes by, and you find yourself starting it over just as soon as the last note ends. The band tried enough new things to keep their sound fresh, while... Read more »
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A 2016 Barrel-Aged Barleywine Was My Favorite Beer Of 2018

A 2016 Barrel-Aged Barleywine Was My Favorite Beer Of 2018
One of best beers I had this year was from my cellar. It was a vintage barrel-aged barleywine, and it was my favorite beer of 2018. The year was 2016, and a friend of mine bought me a bomber of beer as a belated birthday present. A barrel-aged English-Style Barleywine ale called “Commander” from Lift Bridge. Lift Bridge is... Read more »

Butch Walker Covers Post Malone's "Better Now"

Butch Walker Covers Post Malone's "Better Now"
The thing I love most about Butch Walker is that he doesn’t take himself too seriously. He never has. His concerts are non-stop, high-energy fun. This is why his fans love him. He’s an amazing musician, who can’t be held down by constraints, covering everything from classic rock to teenage pop. So, it was no... Read more »

Credit Grapetooth With Keeping "Trouble" Away

(Trouble) Trouble comin’ down, (Trouble) Trouble comin’ down Hard times are, well, hard. Luckily, there’s good music to get us through. These last two weeks have sucked my left nut, and when I’m feeling down, I put on “Trouble,” by Grapetooth. It’s been my go to, and you can catch me bustin’ a move like Young MC... Read more »
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Begyle Brewing Release Barrel-Aged Stout "Snooze Button"

Begyle Brewing Release Barrel-Aged Stout "Snooze Button"
Begyle Brewing is my neighborhood brewery. They specialize in brewing beers that almost anyone can drink, and they’ve done very well creating their own headspace in this sphere. But, over the last few years, they’ve stepped up their barrel game, throwing their hat into the proverbial ring of barrel-aged beers. First, they took their Imperial Pajamas, an American... Read more »