Live Review: of Montreal at the Handlebar

of montreal

Of Montreal dazzled the audience at the Handlebar on March 2nd with their psychedelic electronic-pop-rock music, seizure-inducing light show and theatric, avant-garde theatrics. This two hour acid trip was the best twenty dollars I’ve ever spent. Of Montreal and their opening acts gave 110% of their selves to the concert and left the crowd wanting [...]

Live Review: Carrie Nation and The Speakeasy at The Handlebar

Carrie Nation

Flogging Molly fans, here’s your next fix.  Carrie Nation & the Speakeasy, the self-described “high energy, acoustic brass ‘n’ grass outfit” from Wichita, will appeal to folk and bluegrass lovers, contra dancers, and anyone who likes a good ho-down.  They describe their music as Inebriated Americana Showtunes, combining sounds from the Southern Appalachians, the Mississippi [...]

Live Review: Aura Music & Arts Fesival

Photo by August J. Photography

The below freezing temperatures were no match to the body-heat infused dance waves that moved across the crowds at Aura Music & Arts Festival this past weekend.  Although the sunshine state hardly lived up to it’s name, the crowd put off enough glow to warm the grounds at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, [...]

Live Review: GUARDS at The Empty Bottle in Chicago


The word “GUARDS” was in big, bold letters at the top of my concert ticket, so I was a bit surprised to find out they were actually billed as one of the opening acts on Monday, February 11th at The Empty Bottle. I promoted this show to friends with an endorsement only proper for a headlining [...]

Live Review: Streetlight Manifesto at Exit/In, Nashville, TN

Streetlight Manifesto Exit:In

  It was little over a month ago when Tomas Kalnoky, lead singer of Streetlight Manifesto, informed fans directly about the delay of The Hands That Thieve, the group’s forthcoming record in conjunction with Toh Kay’s (Kalnoky’s solo moniker) The Hand That Thieves. With humility in tow, Kalnoky apologized to fans and took complete accountability [...]

Live Preview: Grasscut at Sebright Arms, London, UK on November 24


On Saturday night, Grasscut, the acclaimed duo of Andrew Phillips (music, words, production, vocals, keyboards, guitar) and Marcus O’Dair (management, keyboards, double bass), will be visiting Sebright Arms in London for what should be a thrilling set to ring in the homestretch of live shows to close out 2012. Phillips is a film and television [...]

Live Review: Matt & Kim with Oberhofer at The Vogue, Indianapolis

Matt & Kim

Renowned Brooklyn merrymakers and party-inciters Matt & Kim lived up to their ecstatic live persona even more than ever before during their Indianapolis performance on Friday night, while critically acclaimed, young rockers Oberhofer delivered a scorching introductory set to open the show for the sold-out Indy crowd at The Vogue. Oberhofer is the band driven [...]

Live Review: Heartless Bastards with Futurebirds and Dana Falconberry at Metro Chicago


I arrived at Metro Chicago for the Heartless Bastards show earlier than I had originally planned, which is to say I was able to catch the very first act on the bill for once. Dana Falconberry was finishing up her set and I saw just enough of the folk songstress to throw out an assertion: she needs to sing at either [...]