Playing for a sold-out crowd at Chicago's Lincoln Hall, Shuggie Otis put on a captivating performance that reiterated why he is often consider a musical genius.
Invitations are rarely as seductive as "This Is the Beginning," a tart folk-pop tune by BOY -- the Hamburg-based duo of Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass -- that takes the familiar, youthful experience of being along in a strange city and learns how to make the strangeness sing.
People Get Ready is an art-pop quartet out of Brooklyn, New York prone to making music videos laden with nebulous subject matter. Such vagary allows for the reimagining of the phrase "art pop."
Reg Presley, leader of the Troggs, passed away in February this year; as an homage to the great rock 'n' roll band, Popstrangers recorded one of their favorite songs. The results sound fresh and alive.
Cicero's on the Loop played host to an eclectic night of local music on Friday, February 1.
The year has barely begun but exceptional new releases are coming fast and feverish -- with many more to follow. Apparently, the DJs of 88.1 KDHX are champing at the bit to hear them all.
The Gramophone hosted a diverse set of bands from far and near on Saturday, January 19.