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 [...]

Live review: The Polyphonic Spree play Rocky Horror at the HMV Forum


I think it’s fair to say that The Polyphonic Spree are one of the only bands in the world that can do what they do, and create what they create. Seldom does a band ever come along so focused on fun, community, enjoyment and the sanctity of the union of performance as they are. As [...]

Hundred Waters to play Exit/In in Nashville, TN

Hundred Waters

Listening through Hundred Waters’ forthcoming and self-titled debut LP is like traversing a winding maze of harmonies and instrumentation. From the opening track “Sonnet” to the final “Gather,” the group presents themselves as an ethereally complex project that demands our attention. Deviating from other electro-heavy artists littering Skrillex’s OWSLA label (Porter Robinson, Zedd, M Machine, [...]

Live Review: SSION with House of LaDosha at The Empty Bottle in Chicago


It was a cold and rainy Tuesday night in Chicago, but that didn’t stop the GLBT community from pitting fur coats and spandex against the elements in support of SSION (pronounced “shun”) at The Empty Bottle. “The Bottle,” as it’s affectionately called around these parts, is that classic kind of venue I remember as a [...]

The Shins come to Nashville (Part II: Ryman Auditorium)

The Shins Ryman

After Saturday night’s performance/recording session with The Shins and securing our pre-order of the resulting black and blue vinyl, we were refreshed and ready for another evening with Mercer and his ragtag gang. Sunday’s show, which took place at the historic Ryman Auditorium, was a significant departure from the previous night. With a capacity of [...]

The Shins come to Nashville (Part I: Third Man Records)

James Mercer Third Man Records

This past weekend, October 5-7th, Nashville had the opportunity to host one of alternative rock’s flagship members, The Shins. Spanning the course of Saturday and Sunday, James Mercer and his newly-reformed outfit performed at the Ryman Auditorium, played a sold-out show at Third Man Records’ newly-renovated venue space and even recorded a live album. We [...]

Live Review: Zammuto at The Basement

Zammuto The Basement

Back in June, The Books’ former half Nick Zammuto opened for Explosions in the Sky at the historic Ryman Auditorium. Replacing Paul de Jong with an arsenal of top-notch musicians and a solo moniker, Zammuto rebounded from The Books’ breakup with astounding tact. I had the opportunity to talk with him back during their first [...]

Watch: Black Sabbath ‘Paranoid’ Live at Birmingham’s O2 Academy


After the entire show was posted in audio format on YouTube, metal godfathers Black Sabbath have taken to their official channel to edit and release a video of their performance of “Paranoid” at Birmingham’s O2 Academy earlier this year. Of course, following original drummer Bill Ward’s lack of participation in the show, the self-proclaimed “true fans” have stormed the internet [...]