Jun. 2, 2017
Chicago ‘hunks’ The Walters provide excellent open at UT
Five hunks from Chicago finally made their way to Philadelphia for a proper rock ’n’ roll show at Union Transfer May 26.
May. 26, 2017
Chicago band Whitney makes mighty return to Philly
There’s nothing better than a great concert to get rid of the Monday blues.
Apr. 7, 2017
PhilaMOCA ‘NE’-deep in good tunes, ‘HI’ energy
I have yet to come across a Chicago band I didn’t like. This inkling was proven to be true once again the night of March 28, the night NE-HI played the treasured PhilaMOCA.
Mar. 17, 2017
Chicago rockers NE-HI to come through PhilaMOCA
Spring is right around the corner and what better way is there to ring in the first week of the season than to bop to the jangly jams of Chicago’s freshest indie rock band, NE-HI?
Mar. 10, 2017
Chicago’s Noname sells out World Cafe Live concert
Despite the moniker, Chicago rapper Noname is gaining nationwide fame.
Jan. 13, 2017
‘Down in Heaven’ with Chicago’s Twin Peaks at UT
I saw a lot of great shows in 2016, and I couldn’t have asked for a better one to punctuate the year’s end. Chicago indie darlings Twin Peaks made a stop at Union Transfer Dec. 8, marking the last show on my concert calendar.
Nov. 11, 2016
A taste of Chicago: The Symposium, the Orwells at Underground Arts
It may come as a surprise to many that the Orwells have no relation at all to the classic “1984” novel. Then again, it may not. The Symposium on the other hand was named after Plato’s piece, deciding it would make for a cool band name after finding it on a friend’s bookshelf.
Oct. 14, 2016
Fans find God: Chicago band Whitney at First Unitarian
It seems a bit odd that I only know the First Unitarian Church by its basement. A space that is well suited for church bingo nights is instead now a go-to destination for music fans from Philadelphia and beyond. Their place has a great vibe, with soft lighting, wood paneled walls and a low-rise stage covered by a colorful carpet straight out of a children’s daycare facility. It is an amazing spot to see any band. When it’s sold-out and 200 or so folks are all packed in, singing along, dancing, having a good time, something really special can come about. And that is just what happened Oct. 7 when Whitney played the First Unitarian Church.
May. 27, 2016
Indie band ‘Twin Peaks’ amazes at Boot and Saddle
It was an all-Chicago affair at South Broad’s Boot and Saddle May 20. Jimmy Whispers and Ne-Hi opened the show for Twin Peaks, who are touring fresh off the release of their new album “Down in Heaven.” In front of a lively sold-out crowd, Twin Peaks put on an insanely good set that was over far too soon.
May. 13, 2016
Twin Peaks drop delightful third album, ‘Down in Heaven’
I have never understood the appeal of “Twin Peaks.” It had a weird aesthetic and seemed like another token hip and cool television show whose virtues would be espoused by film majors until the day they die. Thankfully, I’ve recently discovered Twin Peaks the band and now I’ll be damned if I ever think about that stupid David Lynch show or its upcoming reboot ever again.