Tag: Chicago

Foster The People & Grouplove @ Schubas Backroom: 04/02/2011

Foster The People & Grouplove @ Schubas Backroom: 04/02/2011
I never got to see the amazing double bill that was Foster The People and Grouplove at Schuba’s Backroom on that frustrating night of April 2nd, 2011. I walked down to the music hall as I did on many other nights, with a beer in my pocket. The same beer that I would drink on... Read more »

Half Way To Christmas. Was The Xmas 6-Pack Worth It?

Half Way To Christmas. Was The Xmas 6-Pack Worth It?
Is it really halfway to Christmas? Well, close enough, as it’s almost June. Now, on to the beer, and of course, it wasn’t worth it. But it was a surprise from my wife, which was super sweet, and it was purchased for a great cause, helping local businesses during the pandemic. Chicago breweries donated themed... Read more »

As The Snow Stacks Up, Is Anxiety Setting In?

As The Snow Stacks Up, Is Anxiety Setting In?
As the snow stacks up, I’m wondering, is anxiety setting in? For me, the answer is yes. I think it has to do with wanting control and having none. Even if I did the shoveling and everything was clear around my building, my next worry would be the roads. I ask myself, “How are we... Read more »
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All Aboard The Sinclair Express

All Aboard The Sinclair Express
The Sinclair Express is a Chicago-based alternative rock trio that hails from Kalamazoo, MI. Midway through 2019, and after four years of hard work, they self-released their debut album, All Aboard. So far they have delivered two singles from that record, and both are accompanied by videos that give you an inside look at the... Read more »

Cellar Dweller: Ballast Point 2018 "High West Barrel Aged Victory At Sea"

Cellar Dweller: Ballast Point 2018 "High West Barrel Aged Victory At Sea"
No matter how many times I drink this beer, I’m still amazed at how smooth it is. Many have forgotten the idea behind the barrel-aging of beer, which I assumed is to add character to the different styles. Putting beer into a barrel of spirits to add a layer of depth. I don’t think it... Read more »

"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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »