Autumn (Or What It Feels Like To Fall) Vol. 3

Date September 11, 2012

After the record-breaking hot and humid summer we just had, Autumn and the cooler temperatures that come with it, is a most welcome change. Who doesn’t love pulling out their sweaters and scarfs, admiring the lovely shades of reds and yellows, and the smell of the bonfires and apple cider in the air? With the […]

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 […]

MP3: The National – “Rylan” / “I Need My Girl”

Date December 9, 2011

The National debuted two songs on Canadian Public Radio yesterday, and seeing that they are incapable of making anything less then spectacular, the tracks are predictably amazing. The first is called “Rylan”, a classic-sounding National ballad like “Start A War” or “Runaway” with stately piano chords, swelling guitar and Matt Berninger’s moving baritone. The folky […]

MP3: Sharon Van Etten – Serpents

Date November 28, 2011

After earning a swarm of fans with her 2010 album Epic, Sharon Van Etten is preparing to release her third album, Tramp, and the Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter has brought a few friends along with her. The album was produced by The National’s Aaron Dressner with Bryce Dressner on guitar and there are definite similarities between the […]

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 […]