Travis The Vic, Chicago Saturday, April 18, 2009 Sporting a bit more of gray around the temples than when Fran Healy and Scottish quartet Travis arrived on the scene as an answer to the swaggering, spiteful lads in Oasis, the band’s impish frontman still flutters around the stage with the fervor of a garage band […]
Death Cab For Cutie WTTW Soundstage, Chicago Thursday, April 16, 2009 Given where Death Cab have landed in their career, their appearance on a program like WTTW’s “Soundstage” seems fitting. The established-artist showcase syncs up with the group’s continual march from former indie darlings to mature, adult-alternative act, as evidenced on 2005’s Plans as well […]
Superdrag Metro, Chicago Saturday, April 25, 2009 2009 seems to be the year of getting the band back together – coughing up reunions the world would mostly go on living without. But the reconvening of Superdrag has created excitement and stirred up some ‘90s nostalgia for fans of a certain age who are still in […]
Cameron McGill & What Army Schubas, Chicago Wednesday, April 29, 2009 We used to tease a former intern over her attention to Cameron McGill. At the time, the city was loaded with pretty-boy singer/songwriters, and she had simply found the latest. Now we’re at the back of the line.
Neko Case Middle Cyclone (Anti) If we’re to believe the star-studded action/thriller Twister (“Finger of God!”), tornados are at least semi-predictable. In that sense, Middle Cyclone makes a whole lotta sense for Neko Case. Appearing: Friday, April 25th at Chicago Theatre in Chicago.
Buraka Som Sistema Black Diamond (Enchufada/Fabric) Depending on your point of view, Buraka Som Sistema are either the apex or nadir of the M.I.A.-fueled Slumdog phenomenon. Appearing: Tuesday, April 28th at Sonotheque in Chicago.
Peter, Bjorn & John Metro, Chicago Thursday, April 23, 2009 If you didn’t get the chance to whistle with Peter, Bjorn & John’s ubiquitous “Young Folks” in 2007, don’t worry: The silly Swedes give you an opening on this year’s Living Thing (Star Time).
Bat For Lashes Two Suns (Astralwerks) On Two Suns, Bat For Lashes (Natasha Khan) takes English folk and spins it on its ear, though the electro touches never help the update break its influences’ magnetism.
Ray Charles Genius: The Ultimate Collection (Concord) It’s possible you’re still dizzy. After all, the Backstreet Boys sang the National Anthem at the 2001 Super Bowl in Tampa and we’re still replenishing our sperm count. But apparently some little-known gospel/soul singer rendered “America, The Beautiful,” and if you’ve ever sought to complete your Backstreet shrine, […]
Mega Photo Page Update! Get thee to www.illinoisentertainerphoto.com NOW for pic overload, going back to mid-March with Tossers, Flogging Molly, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Bloc Party, Aterciopelados, Morrissey, and The Ting Tings!
Junior Boys Metro, Chicago Thursday, April 2, 2009 Ain’t no party like an indie-dance party and that’s why the indie-dance parties must be stopped.
John Wesley Harding Schubas, Chicago Friday, April 10, 2009 What’s John Wesley Harding doing by returning to his stage name? After a fairly successful foray into literature under his birth name, Wesley Stace, he thinks he can just waltz back into music like we wouldn’t notice? Well, we do. Stace.
International Pop Overthrow 09 April 16 – 26, 2009 International Pop Overthrow, the globe-trotting celebration of power pop music, returns for its ninth year in Chicago. Named after a song by Material Issue, the festival kicks off with an eight-band showcase April 16th at Abbey Pub, which seems to be a favorite venue of organizer […]
Various Artists Oh Happy Day (EMI/Vector) It’s always a shame when non-theistic people or folks of different religious persuasions let faith get in the way of enjoying gospel music. Aside from its undeniable role in the development of American pop music, its intent’s assumed purity makes for some unfettered listening, not to mention the excitingly […]
Chris Isaak Luck Of The Draw Talk about Renaissance men. Stockton-born strummer Chris Isaak has worn so many hats throughout his 25-year career, you’ll need a scorecard to keep track of them all. To date, he has punched the clock as a film actor (Little Buddha, Silence Of The Lambs, and Gregor Jordan’s upcoming adaptation […]