Favorite Live Shows of 2011

Date December 21, 2011

We’re still working on the Best Albums of 2011 list, but in the meantime here’s my annual recap of my favorite live shows + concert photos of the year. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to catch as many shows in 2011 (getting old I guess?), but I still managed to see quite a bunch of bands […]

50 Songs Of The Decade (2000 – 2009)

Date August 31, 2011

(photo by dcdead) I released my 50 albums of the decade list two years ago with all intentions to follow it up with a matching songs list. Days turned into weeks and weeks into months. No such list ever materialized and I kindof gave up on the idea. That is until earlier this summer when […]

Arcade Fire / The National – Live @ UIC Pavillion

Date May 2, 2011

It’s hard to imagine that when Arcade Fire first came to Chicago six years ago they played a dive bar with a 400 person capacity. As recent youtube videos have pointed out, they were opening for bands at house shows before that. The Canadian eight-piece, who now have a #1 album under their belt and […]

“Who the he’ll is that fire who?” and other twitter reactions to Arcade Fire’s Grammy win.

Date February 14, 2011

Since there’s no hope in me trying to post about anything else today, here’s some of my favorite twitter reactions of last night’s triumphant, beyond-shocking album of the year win by Arcade Fire at the Grammys. These are mostly gathered from my own twitter feed or the WhoIsArcadeFire tumblr. Also in the awesome mind-blowing news […]


Date February 12, 2011

Spokes brings life to the meaning of post-rock, rustling through dead leaves with their play on shoe-gaze and shaken-up folk. They’ve come out of the woodwork with a demeanor of two equal measures… the fearless experimentation of the Annuals combined with the accessibility of Arcade Fire. Let’s be honest, few bands have the capacity to […]

MP3: Little Scream – The Heron & The Fox

Date January 20, 2011

Produced by Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire and featuring Aaron Dessner of The National, Little Scream‘s “The Heron¬†& The Fox” already has an edge over other whatever other tracks may be coming your way this week, but even without the famous collaborators,¬†this song is brilliant enough to stand on it’s own. It’s a delightfully […]