Ra Ra Riot has come a long way since I first saw them perform in 2007 at moe.down festival near their home in upstate New York. During their recent show at Metro in Chicago earlier this month, I had the chance to see how they’ve grown, get glimpse of their future and wonder what emotions [...]
Speaking of fireworks…. I hope you had a very safe and celebratory 4th of July. Yes, I know June is past. But there was a whole lot going on during June in the live music world. And I know you don’t want to be left out, do ya? Didn’t think so.
One of the reasons a concert becomes our favorite is because, in some way, it became a psychological and emotional shelter from life’s storm right when we needed it most, and it gave us just the right amount of mental diversion so we could forget about whatever we were hoping to erase from our minds [...]
I often think that where you see a concert is just as important as who’s performing. And this Saturday Jakob Dylan will be playing at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois. The venue is primarily a 1,700 acre outdoor museum of trees, shrubs and other plants. And like other unique outdoor music venues, it sounds [...]
One of the ways I like to keep things fresh and avoid writer’s block is to read concert reviews written by other music writers. Besides keeping me updated on what other writers are digging at the moment, reading a well-written concert review also helps fill my creative pipeline, especially when I read one that makes [...]