REVIEW – Against Me! Live at Concord Music Hall

REVIEW – Against Me! Live at Concord Music Hall
“It’s blind love,” says Laura Jane Grace. “I love blind love!” She is addressing the audience at the Concord Theater in Chicago on Saturday, September 30th, reciprocating the adoration from a packed house of all-age revelers. They absolutely love her, and she loves them right back. “I like being reckless and just jumping in,” she says of love. “Being like... Read More

A Few Tasteful NVDES – Interview & Review at Schubas

A Few Tasteful NVDES – Interview & Review at Schubas
Sex, samples, and psychedelia. These are among the themes vacillating through much of the content created by NVDES, a genre-defying artistic collective spearheaded and piloted by unassuming auteur Josh Ocean (no relation to Billy). With influences ranging from Talking Heads to B-52s, the music of NVDES (pronounced “nudes” in case, like your boy here, you weren’t quite sure) sounds like... Read More

Dropkick Murphys at Huntington Bank Pavilion Review – August 8, 2017

Dropkick Murphys at Huntington Bank Pavilion Review – August 8, 2017
Writers exaggerate. It’s what we do. It is our craft. That said, it is without exaggeration that this reviewer states the following: Dropkick Murphys dropkicked my ass last Tuesday night. Admittedly, prior to attending the show, this was a band that had not fully penetrated my personal sphere. A certain familiarity was unavoidable, of course. If you’ve seen Scorcese’s The... Read More

7 Minutes in Heaven at WIRE – Berwyn, IL

7 Minutes in Heaven at WIRE – Berwyn, IL
Seven Minutes in Heaven is a pop/punk powerhouse on the rise to world domination, but first they’ve got work to do…and they couldn’t be more excited about it. Based out of Chicago, their home is the open road, their castle the back of a van, and their kingdom…the stage, where a legion of screaming fans propitiate a four-piece pantheon of... Read More

Alice Cooper’s ‘Paranormal’ Album Review

Alice Cooper’s ‘Paranormal’ Album Review
“I’m condemned to the long, endless night. And I live in the absence of light.” From the opening lines of Paranormal, the first song and title track on Alice Cooper’s first new studio album since 2011’s Welcome 2 My Nightmare, two things become clear: 1) This record sounds BIG. With stellar production by Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Kiss),... Read More