Tag: Chicago

"Love Doesn't Make It Easy On Us" Is Classic Ocean Blue

“Love Doesn’t Make It Easy On Us” is classic Ocean Blue, and I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the single, and video, they released a few months back. It harkens back to their second record, Cerulean, and conjures memories of my childhood with every strum. I wasn’t sure how I’d felt about their... Read more »

Release Radar 2/7/20: Fitz vs Phantogram

Release Radar 2/7/20: Fitz vs Phantogram
I was apprehensive about this acoustic version of “I Just Want To Shine,” by Fitz and the Tantrums, but I believe now after hearing it, that it’s better than the original. You get the true gist of how it was written, and it doesn’t sound so manufactured. Phantogram is still doing catchy trip-hop if you... Read more »

Shopping At Reckless Turned Up An Old Everlast Single

Shopping At Reckless Turned Up An Old Everlast Single
Record shopping at Reckless last week I came across something I had never seen, an Everlast single (12″ Maxi) for “I Got The Knack,” released in 1990. Yep, kind of unbelievable, and very old school, if anything ever was. I had owned this as a kid on cassette single, remember those? They were affordable and... Read more »
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Maverick Sabre Shows Star Power @ Schubas -1/20/20

Maverick Sabre Shows Star Power @ Schubas -1/20/20
There is no better place to see a starving artist perform than the friendly confines of Schubas Back Room. It’s small, so the artist can be at one with the fan. The sound is warm, and the lights are dim. Most artists that come through here are by no means starving, but they are definitely... Read more »

The Cut Out Kid Writes His 600th Post

The Cut Out Kid Writes His 600th Post
Congrats to “Me, Myself, and I!” That De La reference got hip hop heads feeling proud and nostalgic, just like I’m feeling after publishing my 600th post. Yep, I just wrote my 600th post as the Cut Out Kid, for the Tribune’s ChicagoNow blog site, and there’s no stopping now. These pictures above and below... Read more »

What Happened To Half Acre's "Sticky Fat?"

What Happened To Half Acre's "Sticky Fat?"
Half Acre did not brew Sticky Fat this year. There’s some serious disappointment going on in Chicago at the moment. So, what happened to that Fat Cat? It seems they brewed a different beer instead, a wet-hopped IPA called Gummy Chunk. First of all, for those that don’t know, and are wondering, “What the hell... Read more »
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Chk Chk Chk Pack A Wallop For Sunday Service @ Lincoln Hall, 10-6-19

Chk Chk Chk Pack A Wallop For Sunday Service @ Lincoln Hall, 10-6-19
With the advent of streaming came numerous choices, and it’s hard to keep up with all the new music coming out. That’s why I rely on word of mouth. My friends have been talking up !!!’s live show for a while now and I finally got a chance to see them perform, on the “Wallop“... Read more »

Chance's Debut "The Big Day" Is An Opus About Love

Chance's Debut "The Big Day" Is An Opus About Love
Chance the Rapper put out a full-length album; about love. Those are two things many rappers, even artists, don’t do anymore. They don’t usually release songs about love, and they don’t release long-playing records anymore. These days it’s about the single, not the long haul. Which is understandable, as no one has the patience for a... Read more »

Daddy and Other Daddy Rock The Elbow Room-7/11/19

Daddy and Other Daddy Rock The Elbow Room-7/11/19
Daddy and Other Daddy brought the rock to Elbow Room last night. At times sounding like the Beastie Boys, then the Pixies, even LCD Soundsystem. For the most part, though, they sounded like themselves, meaning they present an original idea. They call it “Twitchy Indie,” Pitchfork calls it Noise Rock. Either way, people were moving. Two... Read more »
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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 »