May 27, 2024
Khruangbin, April 19, 2018. Photo by Samantha Reyes. Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL.

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 ...
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Billie Eilish, March 31, 2018. Photo by Samantha Reyes. Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL

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 ...
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Danny Brown March 12, 2018. Photo by Kevin Baker. Chicago, Il

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 ...
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Rhye, Thalia Hall, Chicago, IL. March 8, 2018. Photo by Samantha Reyes.

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 ...
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The National, Lyric Opera, Chicago, IL. December 13, 2017. Photo by Samantha Reyes

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 ...
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Say Anything, Metro, Chicago, IL. December 11, 2017. Photo by Samantha Reyes

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. ...
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Morgan Saint

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 ...
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The Dear Hunter, Bottom Lounge, December 8, 2017. Photo by Samantha Reyes

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 ...
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Mogwai, House of Blues Chicago, December 2, 2017. Photo by Samantha Reyes

Mogwai Fills the House of Blues with Dreamy Sights and Sounds

Xander Harris Experimental electronic producer Xander Harris started the night off on a somber note, reflecting on last year’s Ghost Ship Warehouse tragedy, “…those were ...
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Ekali, Bottom Lounge, November 29, 2017. Photo by Samantha Reyes

Ekali, Medasin Turn It Up on the Babylon Tour

Medasin ft. Josh Pan Supporting act Medasin–known for his remix of Portugal. The Man’s breakthrough hit “Feel It Still” and Masego collaboration on The Pink Polo EP–brought ...
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Jacob Banks. Chicago, Il. Photo by Kevin Baker ImKevinBaker

Jacob Banks, Durand Jones and The Indications Kickstart Holiday Weekend with Soulful Sold Out Show

Durand Jones and the Indications if you’re looking for a blast from the past with a sprinkle of modern flair, look no further than deep ...
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Jungle, Red Bull Sound Select 30 Days in Chicago, Metro, Chicago, IL. November 27, 2017. Photo by Samantha Reyes

Jungle Fills the Metro with Lush Grooves and a Delightful Dance Party

Red Bull In line with the headliner’s name, the venue’s entrance way was decked out in plants, and colorful cartoon owls.  Their cocktail menu even ...
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Pell. Red Bull Sound Select 2017 Chicago, Il. Photo by Kevin Baker

Interview: Pell talks about his upcoming EP Release, Influences and Career Highlight to Date

A frequent guest vocalist on an eclectic array of songs (Big Gigantic, Aluna George and more) Pell is one of those artists you might’ve already ...
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Mura Masa. Red Bull Sound Select 2017 Chicago, Il. Photo by Kevin Baker

Mura Masa, Tennyson, and slenderbodies Eased Their Way Into a Full Blown Dance Party at Concord

slenderbodies I was admittedly slightly bummed when Bonzai–originally slated for this lineup–suddenly dropped out without notice.  However, it was a pleasant surprise that she was ...
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Parquet Courts at Empty Bottle

Parquet Courts, Built To Spill, Meat Wave, Good Willsmith at Empty Bottle

Good Willsmith At first, this sounded like experimental robot noises mixed with a distorted stream, almost like someone jammed the transmission on some white noise. ...
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