Khruangbin, April 19, 2018. Photo by Samantha Reyes. Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL.
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Khruangbin Brings Epic Chill with First of Two Sold Out Lincoln Hall Shows

A night with minimum vocals brought maximum impact with The Mattson 2 and Khruangbin’s first of two sold out nights at Lincoln Hall.  Identical twin brothers Jared and Jonathan Mattson started the night off with an impressive set.  As the only two performers onstage, they showcased their obvious talents with Jared on the double neck guitar and bass and a Jonathan on jazzy, tribal drums.  Jared’s hands moved so quickly between the bass and drums necks and even between frets that it was hard to keep my eyes open long enough to match…

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Billie Eilish, March 31, 2018. Photo by Samantha Reyes. Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL
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Billie Eilish Proves She’s One to Watch at Her Sold Out Lincoln Hall Show

I never would’ve thought that I would someday be in my early thirties fangirling over a sixteen year old girl.  Having seen my second Billie Eilish show in less than six months, I’m pumped to tell the world about her.  With the ethereal voice of an angel combined with venue-shaking heavy beats, Billie Eilish’s unique sound perfectly melds electronic R&B beats with catchy pop vocals that are soulful rather than saccharine.  While she looks and sounds like a songstress with at least ten more years of life experience to call…

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Danny Brown March 12, 2018. Photo by Kevin Baker. Chicago, Il
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Danny Brown and Joey Purp Get the Crowd Bouncing at Goose Island’s 312 Day at House of Vans

Last night, Goose Island wrapped up their 312 Week with a closing 312 Day performance with Danny Brown, Joey Purp, and frequent partner House of Vans.  The week of free or cheap events started with a screening of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and included a series of cheap concerts, climbing and yoga at Brooklyn Boulders, a Bulls game, free entry to the Museum of Contemporary Art, and ping pong at AceBounce. Joey Purp Chicago local Joey Purp hit the stage and got the energy going early, sending hands bobbing in the…

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Rhye, Thalia Hall, Chicago, IL. March 8, 2018. Photo by Samantha Reyes.
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Rhye Brings Beauty in Softness at Sold Out Thalia Hall Show

Boulevards One of the unexpected surprises of the night was the high-energy, eighties-infused set from opener Boulevards–stage name for Raleigh, North Carolina based R&B/soul musician Jamil Rashad. The funky, disco-inspired grooves initially seemed like a mismatch for the tour, but the uptempo set balanced out what could have been an entirely chill night.  At times, the music felt so retro it could’ve easily accompanied a party scene in a Ghostbusters or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.  Joined on-stage by his DJ Dirtyfinger, Boulevards covered a lot of ground, traversing the…

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The National, Lyric Opera, Chicago, IL. December 13, 2017. Photo by Samantha Reyes
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The National Brings a Second Night of Emotionally-Driven Dad Rock

This Is The Kit This Is The Kit opened with a brief, yet angelic set befitting the gorgeously gilded Civic Opera.  Although the number of people onstage would lead you to believe otherwise, This Is The Kit is the moniker for indie-folk singer-songwriter Kate Sables and her collaborators.  As the second night at the Civic Opera and the last night supporting this leg of The National’s “Sleep Well Beast” Tour, Sables graciously thanked all the people on tour with them.  Their set had a very cinematic feel with the dramatic…

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Say Anything, Metro, Chicago, IL. December 11, 2017. Photo by Samantha Reyes
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Say Anything Shouts Out Punk Rock Choruses, Waxes Emo Nostalgia for First of Two-Night Metro Run

Radar State Having never heard of or listened to Radar State before this show, there were a few things I learned during their set. 1. This is a band comprised of four dudes who’ve been in a slew of other bands I already knew. 2. These guys brought hilarious stage banter. 3.  One of these familiar-looking guys had already played the Metro at least 25 times in his storied career. All of this makes so much more sense when you consider the band is made up of Matt Pryor and Jim Suptic co-frontmen of The…

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Morgan Saint
Interviews 

Interview: Morgan Saint Shares Her Catchy Dream Pop and Stunningly Powerful Vision Behind Debut EP 17 Hero

It’s been a whirlwind year for visual artist turned singer-songwriter Morgan Saint.  After signing to Epic records this summer, she released debut single “You,” which already has over a million listens on Spotify.  With the release of her debut EP 17 Hero,  she has solidified her unique brand of artsy, yet approachable dream pop.   With her background in illustration, photography, and graphic design, it’s no surprise that Saint (née Morgan Gildersleeve) has a very cohesive vision for both the audio and visual aspects of her work. We had the pleasure of getting…

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The Dear Hunter, Bottom Lounge, December 8, 2017. Photo by Samantha Reyes
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The Dear Hunter Introduces New Song Off Self-Released EP “All Is As All Should Be” to Sold Out Bottom Lounge

The Dear Hunter Having only caught the headlining set for this sold out show, I was delighted to find my way about 3 people in from the front of the stage.   It seems that the month of December has been a big reunion month for bands of the early aughts returning with either new music or album anniversary shows.  Right in line with many of the bands associated with this scene, their onstage banter was on point, keeping things conversational and mostly funny as they transitioned between songs. Singer/guitarist/ founder…

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