Monday, November 23, 2009

It's Almost Here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

After watching this video I am somehow even more infatuated with Luke from the Born Ruffians. I didn't think that was possible. His voice is amazing, he looks way too cool for school, and the song (Oh Man) is the first taste of their upcoming album which I have been waiting for since March when I first discovered these guys. I'm hoping that there is much more to come so stay tuned!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Here Comes the Music

Here's a mellow tune to start the week off right...

Download it: Jack Johnson - "Rodeo Clowns"

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Over the Pond

You've probably heard "1901" featured in the new Cadillac commercial, but Phoenix is definitely not a one hit wonder in my book. These French rockers have come a long way from their original roots in 1996 and even though the band has undergone a few changes, they are stronger than ever on their 2009 album, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. The sound is dreamy and the vocals remind me vaguely of Empire of the Sun (who I believe is one of the best synthpop groups of our time), but Phoenix might have the upper hand due to their catchy and ironic lyrics. Promise me you'll check out their other great's in your best interest.

Download it: "Girlfriend" / "Liztomania" / "Fences" / "Rome" / "Countdown (Sick for the Big Sun)"

Friday, November 13, 2009

Friday - Song of the Day

"sing," theresa says. "sing happy things"
"sing," theresa says if i do everything
one day a man will spring worth loving

This song is absolutely beautiful.

Download it: Greg Laswell - "Sing, Theresa Says"

Thursday, November 12, 2009

2nd Time Around

White Rabbits / The Walkmen TONIGHT!!!! I was wowed this summer by the White Rabbits' dynamic live show, but now they're moving it to an indoor venue and teaming up with The Walkmen for a show at Lincoln Hall. It's currently sold out, but maybe if you're lucky you could grab a ticket off of Craig's list. Definitely worth the $18 ticket (or marked up price that you might have to pay since you were too lazy to have already bought your ticket!). See you there!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Say Farewell

Sadly, The Honorary Title will be playing their final show on November 20th so I thought it would be appropriate to recommend one of my favorite songs from this particular band for your listening pleasure. No worries though....lead singer, Jarrod Gorbel, has just released a solo album and will be continuing on with his singer/songwriter career. I can still remember when The Honorary Title opened up for the Born Ruffians and Tokyo Police Club earlier this year at the Metro. It still sticks out as one of the best shows of 2009 (or possibly ever) and although Jarrod's band was extremely mellow compared to the rock and roll of the other bands, I was still in awe of his beautiful voice paired with a simple acoustic guitar. Good luck with your solo adventure, Jarrod...wishing you all the best!

Download it: The Honorary Title - "Stay Away"

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


This song is almost as old as I am (think 1983), but something about it seems it could pop up on Pitchfork or Rolling Stone any day now. For the most part though, The Plimsouls' overall sound brings me back to the John Hughes era when movies were ruled by teenagers in teased hair and earrings (the guys at least). I think it's about time to watch "The Breakfast Club" for the 100th time.

Download it: The Plimsouls - "The Oldest Story in the World"

Thursday, November 5, 2009

What a Way to End the Week

Basement Jaxx, MSTRKRFT, & Modeselecktor
Congress Theater

This will officially be my first show at the Congress so I'm feeling like a teenage boy before my first date at this point...excited, nervous, curious, and hoping for the best. I'll let you know how it goes!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween!!!

Man, I really love this holiday. Enjoy the weekend and I'll do the my rockin' Rainbow Brite costume. One more song before I hit the road...

Download it: Black Gold - "The Comedown"

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Put this on Repeat

Separated, and negated, it seems fated, we have to find out more.
Do you want me? tell me properly, or just stop me. Its you that i adore.

i can't wait for another second minute or hour
i can't wait it's all your choice it's in your power
i can't wait for another second minute or hour
i can't wait it's all your choice it's in your power.

i lost my head when i found my heart
but now with neither i've fallen all apart
with this voice and chord i'll tell you from the start
she never wanted me,she never wanted me.

i act stupid, due to cupid, my love's rooted, you'll have to dig down deep,
mixed emotion, fixed devotion, your magic potion you sprinkle as i sleep.

i can't wait for another second minute or hour
i can't wait it's all your choice it's in your power
i can't wait for another second minute or hour
i can't wait it's all your choice it's in your power.

i lost my head when i found my heart
but now with neither i've fallen all apart
with this voice and chord i'll tell you from the start
she never wanted me,she never wanted me,she never wanted me.

with you i can't imagine being alone
without you i can see how much i've grown
coz you made me what i am today
have you gave me all that i can take

i lost my head when i found my heart
but now with neither i've fallen all apart
with this voice and chord i'll tell you from the start
she never wanted me,she never wanted me,she never wanted me,she never wanted me

Download it: Jack Peñate - Second, Minute, or Hour"

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

I can't stress it enough...

...but if you are free on Saturday, November 28th (and in the Chicago area) you should most definitely head over to Logan Square Auditorium for the Company of Thieves show. You can go ahead and celebrate your Turkey Day, but then once the weekend rolls around you can work off the extra pounds you've (possibly) gained with a few hours of rowdy dancing. Not much has changed since I last saw the Company of Thieves play at Wicker Park Fest this past summer. I still love the energy that the entire band brings to each and every song and I still love Genevieve Schatz. Rumor has it that the band has plenty of unreleased material so the odds of catching a few new songs will be great. What a treat!

Company of Thieves @ Logan Square Auditorium
November 28th - 8:00pm
$12 advance / $14 door

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Erin Smith & The Throwdowns

Back in 2005 I used to hang out at Sansei Sushi in Kihei and listen to Erin Smith rock out at karaoke almost every Saturday night. I've clearly moved on since then and apparently so has she. Erin Smith & The Throwdowns combines her past back-up musicians and throws in (no pun intented) a bit of reggae rock. Fantastic stuff....enjoy!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Making the Best of Monday

After a full weekend of much needed sleep, I'm still in a daze that my daily chocolate fix can't even seem to shake. Since I can't stomach the thought of hard rock at this point, how about something a bit softer?

Download it: The Henry Clay People - "You Can Be Timeless"

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Go's your birthday

In honor of Cara's upcoming birthday, we have decided to celebrate....with a bit of live music of course! Come join us for the ultimate night out when we can eat, drink, & give Cara a hard time for getting old (although she's still the baby of the group!). See you there!

November 12th
Lincoln Hall (Brand new live music venue!)

The Walkmen
White Rabbits

Show starts at 9pm and tickets are $18. Hurry...go grab your tickets at

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Wednesday Deserves a Song of the Day

Just need to get through the hump of the week...

Download it: Miike Snow - "Song for No One"

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

If you weren't at The Temper Trap show last night...

...then seriously, where were you?

After sitting through one horrible band (Beep Beep) and one pretty decent band (Mittens on Strings), we finally got a chance to enjoy The Temper Trap at their finest. I still can't get over the energy that each and every band member had during the entire set. The lead singer's vocals were amazing and surprisingly just as great as they are on the new album. They played all of the crowd favorites ("Fader" / "Sweet Disposition"), but the real treat came when they played MY favorite song ("Love Lost" - see below for fantastic live video). I've mentioned it before, but they have just recently released their first album in the U.S. so my best advice would be to go out and support their the album! All in all, another successful night at the Empty Bottle (complete with photo booth photos and $1.50 PBR cans!).

Friday, October 16, 2009

The Blueprint 3

Jay-Z has always held a special place in my heart. It sounds strange (I realize), but he is always managing to reinvent himself and his collaborations continue to blow my mind. Although MGMT got booted from the final album version (boooo!!!), I can still highly recommend Jay-Z's latest release and look forward to what will come next. Right now I'm hooked on...

Download it: "Already Home (featuring Kid Cudi)"

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Officially Inked

After much thought (3 months actually), I finally bit the bullet and got my very first tattoo. Who knew that at the age of 26 I would wake up one morning with the desire to permanently mark up my bod, but that's just what I did...with no regrets. Let's back this train up for a bit of back story though. For quite some time I've felt the need to get back into writing on a more consistent basis because it is such a big part of who I am. Busy schedule, lack of inspiration, and just an overall act of laziness on my part had led me to a monotonous life of work, eat, and sleep. Everyday. Not exciting.

When I came up with the idea for my tattoo (a phrase in typewriter font) I wanted to have it be a constant reminder of what has kept me sane over the years. As much as I love music (obviously), writing has been my outlet and something that I can always come back to no matter how long I had neglected it. At the beginning of this year I decided to start this blog, not only to share my love of all things music related, but to also get myself back into the daily grind of creating, imagining, and putting my thoughts down on paper (or typing them on my laptop...same difference). Sometimes I'm busy and I'm not too proud of the work that I rushed through to post on this lovely page, but then there are days that I sit back and think that down the road I could really try to do something with this.

Now I ask I really believe that a tattoo is going to make a difference in my life?

No, but bottomline... I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

New Music + Free Show = One happy girl

I was thinking about posting a friendly reminder about The Temper Trap's free show next Monday, October 19 at the Empty Bottle, but to my pleasant surprise I was greeted by their brand new album this morning. My first listen of The Temper Trap was during the movie, 500 Days of Summer, and ever since then I've been hooked on "Sweet Disposition". A little bit of snooping around and....poof!....I stumbled across their new album that was released yesterday (I was patting myself on the back for the great timing!). The music is futuristic and sexy which is a nice change from all of the indie rock I've been drowning myself in lately. The guys are from Melbourne, Australia and only recently made their U.S. debut, but am I ever glad that they finally did. My advice: Come wait in line on Monday night for the free show and make up your own mind about them. Seriously, who can pass up a free show?

Download it: "Rest" / "Fader" / "Love Lost"

Friday, October 9, 2009

Friday - Song of the Day

New to me. Hopefully new to you as well. Enjoy!

Download it: Cymbals Eat Guitars - "Some Trees (Merrit Moon)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Doesn't get much better than free

Beep Beep
Mittens on Strings
The Temper Trap (can't wait!)

Empty Bottle
Monday, October 19
FREE SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!

What a great find, Nick! :)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Let the Dancing Begin

It's good stuff...

Download it: Passion Pit - "Sleepyhead"

To get you through the day

I've been listening to Bon Iver quite a bit lately and thought it was about time to share. Their music is soft and romantic, the lyrics slightly offbeat, and if you close your just might drift off into a nice nap. With all of the stress in our lives, couldn't we all use a bit of relaxation? The band has only technically released one album so far, but my favorite fun fact about this group is that their debut disc, For Emma Forever Ago, was recorded in a cabin in Northwestern Wisconsin (near lead singer Justin Vernon's hometown of Eau Claire). Not bad for a few Midwest guys.

Download it: "Blood Bank" / "Lump Sum" / "Skinny Love" / "Flume"

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Judge for Yourself

If the Beatles were still around today would they be flattered by Dr. Dog's copycat style?

Download it: Dr. Dog - "From"

Thursday, October 1, 2009

It's true...

"I've been up all night,
I might sleep all day.
Get your dreams just right
Let them slip away,
I might sleep all day.
When the roads are clear,
We'll head on out of here,
If you're coming back,
I'll see you in the morning
I'm just staring at
the ceiling staring back at me,
Just waiting for the daylight to come crawling in on me...
And I've been up all night,
I might sleep all day"

Download it: Counting Crows - "Up All Night"

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

I Like to Dance All Night

In case you had forgotten...just wanted to send out a friendly reminder that the Miike Snow / Jack Peñate show is coming up tomorrow (Friday, September 23) at the Empty Bottle. I've been listening to Jack's latest album for the past week (pretty heavily I must admit) and I've fallen even more in love with it. Each song is as fun as the next and, as I mentioned in my last post about this show, the beats are definitely danceable.'s only $12, which I consider a steal. Let me advise you that it would be a great way to start off the weekend.

If you need yet another reason to stop by the show....Jack is pretty stinkin' adorable too!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Song of the Day

Eerie music. Cute lyrics. Getting me through these long hours at work.

Download it: Oh No Oh My - "I Love You All the Time"

Monday, September 21, 2009

It's's really good

Frightened Rabbit has a slightly familiar sound that I just can't place. Scott Hutchinson's voice is somewhat reminiscent of Counting Crow's great, Adam Duritz, and their music is soft and dreamy much like Death Cab for Cutie, but I'm not quite sure that's it. Either way, this band has an amazing emo-indie rock vibe going for them (even if they are a masterful amalgamation of a number of great my opinion). Their new album is set to drop in March 2010, but until then you can chew on their 2008 release, The Midnight Organ Fight, or its' live album counterpart, "Quietly Now! Midnight Organ Fight Live at The Captain's Rest". Delicious!

Download it: "Poke" / "Good Arms vs. Bad Arms" / "Head Rolls Off"

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The 25th night of September

I can't think of a better place to be than the Empty Bottle. Jack Peñate has a great 70's disco pop vibe going for him and I can't imagine that his live show would be anything less than a raging dance party. Can't wait!

Jack Peñate (Co-headlining w/ Miike Snow)
Friday, September 25th
The Empty Bottle

Download it: "Be the One" / "Pull My Heart Away" / "Let's All Die"

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Say Hi... Yes, please!

Looking a bit further down the road (in hopes of great live music to come) I have hunted down a live show in October that is sure to be delightful. Say Hi just happens to be opening for David Bazan (known as the frontman phenomenom of Pedro the Lion) later next month. It's no secret that Eric Elbogen's soft sounds have been playing on my iPod for quite a few months now, but hosting both of these creative (solo) acts at one fantastic venue is surely a recipe for success. A recent Twitter post from Eric pretty much summed up the hilarity that will likely ensue that evening...

"Off to Bazan rehearsal soon. We haven't discussed it yet, but I'm pretty sure our main objective is to out-beard the Fleet Foxes."

The show is $15. Go and enjoy!

Say Hi (Opening for David Bazan)
Friday, October 23rd
Schubas Tavern - 3159 N. Southport Ave.

Something new to love...

Just when I was beginning to grow tired of my usual mix I was tipped off (thanks lil' G!) to my new favorite off-beat group. Netherfriends hail from Chicago and better yet, they have a rockin' show coming up at Schubas on September 30th at 9:00pm. What better reason to throw a party/play a live show then in celebration of a new album release? Go check it out...see you there!

Download it: "Oh-Hi-Oh" / "Friends with Lofts" (Or you can follow my lead and download the entire Calling You Out's definitely worth it!)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Happiness is...

"a moment, a love
a dream, a laugh
a kiss, a cry
our rights, our wrongs
a moment, a love
a dream, a laugh
a moment, a love
a dream, a laugh

just stay there
cause i'll be comin' over
and while our bloods still young
it's so young
it runs
and we won't stop til it's over
won't stop to surrender"

Download it: The Temper Trap - "Sweet Disposition"

Friday, September 4, 2009

Off on Holiday

Long weekend = party, party, party. There's a style for everyone...pick one!

Dancing Mood - "Le Disko" by Shiny Toy Guns
"Beating Heart Baby" by Head Automatica

Chill Mood - "Cold Shoulder" by ADELE
"You Can Be Timeless" by The Henry Clay People

Reflective Mood - "Screaming Infidelities" by Dashboard Confessional
"We Belong Together (live)" by Gavin DeGraw

In the Mood to Work Out - "Wolf Like Me" by TV on the Radio
"Damn Girl" by Justin Timberlake featuring

Enjoy your holiday weekend. Can't wait to see where it takes me...

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Good Day

Starting the day off right and then dancing around to this gem of a song....good day indeed.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Yea, Yeah!

Matt and Kim
Saturday, September 12
Bottom Lounge

I'll be consumed by work (of course!) and not able to make it out to the show, but I highly suggest checking it out. Keyboard and drums...pure and simple.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Hello Fall!

It's true. It's only September 1st and already I feel as if the summer is gone for good. Along with the warm weather, sundresses, and beach days goes the outdoor summer festivals/shows as well. I'll save my pouting for those who know me best, but in order to get through this tough transition period I thought I would step up my game by suggesting a few great (indoor) concerts that are set to hit Chicago. They are all "must-see"...

September 12 - Regina Spektor @ Chicago Theater
September 26 - Built to Spill @ The Vic
October 8 - The Decemberists @ The Riviera
October 16 - Gossip @ Metro ---or--- Rhett Miller @ Park West
October 23 - Say Anything @ The Vic
October 25 - The Raveonettes@ Metro

A few things I am looking forward to though...sweaters, football (college & pro), the leaves changing color, closing all of the windows in my apartment, snuggling up in my favorite blanket. maybe the fall isn't so bad.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

OutKast? Acoustic?

No words can explain it. I'm just completely obsessed with this clever cover of OutKast's "Hey Ya".

Download it: Obadiah Parker - "Hey Ya"

Monday, August 24, 2009

(500) Days of Great Music

Last week I had a chance to catch the movie, (500) Days of Summer, and while I fell in love with the storyline and quirky characters, it quickly became all about the music for me. This is a funny film about how love can truly break your heart, but how you should always look towards the light at the end of the tunnel. A little positive thinking never hurt anyone.

Check out the following gems from this must-see movie...

Regina Spektor - "Us" / "Hero"
Mumm-ra - "She's Got You High"
Wolfmother - "Vagabond"
The Black Lips - "Bad Kids"

Also, be sure to check out the fantastic cover by She & Him of The Smiths' song "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want". Amazing!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Love this!

Drew Reynolds is an amazing photographer that has shot everyone from Bloc Party to The Kills...and just happens to currently be a client of mine. Drew's blog is chock full of great bands and interesting photography (my favorite combo!). Check out his work!

Passion Pit

Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs


Thursday, August 13, 2009

Ray is the Man

How can a man whose voice is so sad put such a big smile on my face? Ray LaMontagne is one of those artists that I can listen to at any given time, but it always seems to be the right time. His lyrics strike a certain chord with me and they're also super sweet which just melts my heart...of course. His next Chicago show is supposedly taking place on November 12 at the Auditorium Theater. I'm in...who's with me?

Download it: "Shelter" / "Jolene" / "I Still Care for You" / "I Could Hold You In My Arms Forever"

Saturday, August 8, 2009

"We're gonna fuel the fire, gonna stoke it up
We're gonna sip this wine and pass the cup
Who needs avenues, who needs reservoirs
Gonna show this town how to kiss these stars"

"Manhatten" - Kings of Leon

And to think I was only one small mile from Grant Park tonight...

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Back to Dave

I'll be honest. It's been a long while since I've sat down and listened to Dave Matthews, but I came across some of my older CDs and decided to load them onto my iTunes for a quick trip down memory lane. I grew up with the Dave Matthews Band and of course was obnoxious in my youth by traveling to at least 10 of their shows, but for some reason his solo album, Some Devil, holds a special place in my heart. I dare you to listen to "Stay or Leave" and try not to find it's music and lyrics simply beautiful.

Download it: "Stay or Leave"

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Oh yeah...Friendly Fires

Girl's night out tonight. Dinner at Mercat. Dancing around to this song because I'm so excited.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

It Doesn't Get Much Better Than This...

This past Sunday I decided that instead of settling for one live show that I would treat myself to three. Cara and I began our journey at 2:00pm and after a quick stop downtown for some retail therapy we started out on our lovely day of travel, food, & some of the best music I've heard all summer.

A look back at our journey...

6:15pm - Rock Plaza Central @ Wicker Park Fest
*Cara and I caught about 10 minutes of this band upon our arrival at Milwaukee & North. They played a great live show and can best be described as rockabilly/country/rock. Something different to shake it up.

6:30pm - Company of Thieves @ Wicker Park Fest
*This band was beyond amazing! Their recent album was slightly up tempo, but I could have never anticipated the energy that each member brought to the stage. I'm convinced that when I finally live out my dream of joining a band (hilarious, I know) that I will strive to be at least half as cool as Genevieve Schatz (lead singer). They played a few of their current songs while mixing in a song from their upcoming album. In my opinion, the set was too short, but then again I could have hung out all night.

8:30pm - Sugar Ray @ Taste of Lincoln
*Wow! That's all I have to say. I always had such a teenage crush on Mark McGrath, but now he is...well....older. I have to give it to him though because the band completely rocked out and kept the crowd happy with a few of the older songs that we all know by heart (admit it). They actually performed a great cover of a classic Ramones song and even invited two unsuspecting guys from the crowd up on the stage for a little impromptu karaoke.

10:00pm - Marseilles @ Glascott's
*What a nice surprise! While walking home from our Sugar Ray experience, Cara and I noticed that a band had set up shop inside Glascott's (a great local bar in my area). We were tired and ready to go home, but I'm so glad that we got our second wind and decided to stay out. This band is extremely young (think college students), but their music was interesting and left me wanting to hear more. I'm hoping to do just that at their upcoming show at the Bottom Lounge on Wednesday, August 5th (opening for Early Day Miners).

--I didn't get a chance to catch them at Wicker Park Fest, but The Hood Internet are an amazing group that I highly recommend checking out. In the style of Girl Talk (whom I love), they mix current songs together and lay down beats that turn any old time into an excuse to dance. You can check them out at Lollapalooza (Sunday)!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Sappy for Love Songs

Yes, it's true that my job allows me to share in one of the happiest days of two people's lives (hopefully), but it also has given me a chance to open up my ears and appreciate some really great music. I hear "At Last" by Etta James more than I care to share, but when one of my couples takes the time to make sure that their first dance song completely reflects who they are (and their taste in music) then I just can't help but to applaud them. "First Day of My Life" by Bright Eyes is a beautiful song that continues to make me a believer in "the real thing". Hey, we all have our weak spots.

The lyrics say it all...

This is the first day of my life
I swear I was born right in the doorway
I went out in the rain suddenly everything changed
They're spreading blankets on the beach

Yours is the first face that I saw
I think I was blind before I met you
Now I don’t know where I am
I don’t know where I’ve been
But I know where I want to go

And so I thought I’d let you know
That these things take forever
I especially am slow
But I realize that I need you
And I wondered if I could come home

Remember the time you drove all night
Just to meet me in the morning
And I thought it was strange you said everything changed
You felt as if you'd just woke up
And you said “this is the first day of my life
I’m glad I didn’t die before I met you
But now I don’t care I could go anywhere with you
And I’d probably be happy”

So if you want to be with me
With these things there’s no telling
We just have to wait and see
But I’d rather be working for a paycheck
Than waiting to win the lottery
Besides maybe this time is different
I mean I really think you like me

Music Fix - Shout Out Louds

Where do I even begin? This band hasn't released any new recordings in the past two years, but for some reason I don't hold it against them. I'd like to list just a few simple reasons why...

- Both albums (Our Ill Wills & Howl Howl Gaff Gaff) are outstanding.
- Female keyboardist, back up vocals, accordion extraordinaire (Bebban Stenborg).
- Opened for Kings of Leon early in their musical careers
- Their bass player directed the Peter Bjorn & John video for "Young Folks" know, the song with all of the whistling.
- The group will finally hit the studios in August to pick back up where they left off.

Download it: "Normandie" / "Tonight I Have to Leave It" / "Hurry Up Let's Go"

**In totally unrelated music news...MGMT is set to appear on Jay-Z's upcoming album. I can't even begin to think about how crazy that is going to be. Nice collabo!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Kanye Meets Acoustic Guitar

I actually saw this performed was sick. Seriously.

Friday, July 17, 2009

I Heart Live Music

It will surely be a good time...

Wednesday, July 22 @ 9:30pm

The Datsuns
Turbo Fruits
Royal Pines

The Empty Bottle
1035 N. Western Ave.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Music Fix - The Kooks

The Kooks are by no means a "new" band. Only three short months after selecting their moniker they were signed to Virgin Records and three years later they've produced two full albums and have hit the ground running in the U.S. I can still remember my first official summer in Chicago when I purchased the first album, Inside In Inside Out, and would blare it in my apartment as I got ready for a night out. The more I listen to their music, the more I love it. It's fun music and I just felt it deserved a shout out. You won't be disappointed!

Sidenote: The whole idea behind this blog was to pay homage to all of the great bands that have inspired me and this band is no different. She Moves in Her Own Way. It's true.

Download it: "Sway" / "Ooh La" / "Seaside" / "Time Awaits"

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

It's a beautiful thing....

Lisa and I had the chance to sit 5th row for the Coldplay show last July at the United Center and it truly was a day I will never forget. We somehow made a cameo in their video for "Lost!" and scored a set list all in one night. I look at this picture now today and still can't help but smile.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Never Say Never

"Some things we don't talk about
better do without
just hold a smile
we're falling in and out of love
the same damn problem
together all the while"

So true, my friend...

The Fray might be on the border of pop & rock, but they sure make damn beautiful music.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Hold Steady - Round 4

It just never gets old. My partner in crime and I have both been beyond excited for the Hold Steady show that took place this past Sunday at the Taste of Randolph. It was inserted into our Outlook calendars back in April and when it goes into Outlook...consider it done. This was my first experience with this particular street fest, but by the time I arrived at Randolph & May the food vendors had deserted their booths and the only bit of sustenance left to purchase was Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy ale. We grabbed our beers and made our way to the stage that was perfectly situated with a great view of the Chicago skyline. When the Hold Steady finally took the stage we had maneuvered our way near the front and were ready for the dance party to begin. The set consisted of a nice mix of their past three albums, but a few of the highlights were presented in the form of a couple of brand new songs that have yet to be released. I, of course, bounced along to "Chips Ahoy" and "Sequestered in Memphis", but the best part about this outdoor show was the fantastic weather which gave me a glimpse of hope for the remainder of the summer. I'm sick of this rain, Chicago! We could all use a bit more sunny skies and hard rock in our lives.

*The Hold Steady photography by Nick Gerber (Thanks G!)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Lolla Lineup

The lineup has officially been released so now all us can begin making plans for our "dream schedule" for those 3 humid days in August. I thought I would share....just in case you were curious.

Friday, August 7
12:15pm - Manchester Orchestra
2:00pm - Gaslight Anthem
3:00pm - Heartless Bastards
4:00pm - Ben Folds
5:00pm - Fleet Foxes
6:00pm/6:30pm - The Decemberists / Thievery Corporation / Peter Bjorn and John (tie!)
8:15pm - Kings of Leon

Saturday, August 8
2:30pm - Los Campesinos!
3:30pm - Gomez
4:30pm - Arctic Monkeys / Coheed and Cambria
5:30pm - Santigold
6:30pm - TV on the Radio
7:30pm - Ben Harper
8:30pm - Beastie Boys

Sunday, August 9
12:30pm - Friendly Fires / Ra Ra Riot
2:15pm - Cage the Elephant
2:30pm - Kaiser Chiefs / The Airborne Toxic Event
3:30pm - The Raveonettes
4:30pm - Vampire Weekend
5:00pm - Passion Pit
5:30pm - Cold War Kids
7:30pm - Band of Horses
8:30pm - Jane's Addiction / The Killers (it's a toss up)

If I could offer up one suggestion for a potential Lolla concert-goer it would be to put your hard earned cash into a Sunday ticket and call it a day. See you there!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Music Fix - Company of Thieves

It seems to be the one album that stays on repeat in my iTunes music library this minute. Company of Thieves recently broke out into the semi-mainstream scene with their first single, "Oscar Wilde", but it was their acoustic recordings that really caught my attention. It's upbeat, it's earthy, and it sure is catchy. This trio from Chicago, IL may be relatively new, but apparently their following is strong and constantly growing...especially in the Windy City. Company of Thieves last appearance in Chicago at the Bottom Lounge was crowded and a rowdy group of supporters made for a fantastic show. Their upcoming show on July 26th at the Wicker Park Fest should not be missed. It combines my two favorite things (outdoor shows and fried food/beer) plus the tickets are only $5 (suggested donation). How can you pass up such a deal?

Download it: "In Passing (Acoustic) / "Quiet on the Front" / "Oscar Wilde"

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Get It While It's Hot

Not only it is true that I love music, but I especially love it when that music is free. When I first heard that The Hush Now's album was available as a free download on their website ( I was a bit skeptical. What band would be willing to put their latest album out for free? Would it even be any good?

Radiohead recently succeeded in skyrocketing their latest release, In Rainbows, to the top of the charts with their "name your own price" tactic on their website, but seriously...they are RADIOHEAD. The Hush Now were able to capture the attention of the independent charts with their dreamy list of tracks and powerful lyrics. The creation of the band was actually spurred by an accident of sorts. The lead singer, Noel Kelly, found himself face to face with the wall of a local church after he crashed his car while attempting to drive with a broken wrist. This near-death experience led to his move to Portland, Oregon where he began penning the self-titled album, The Hush Now. It just goes to show that you just never know when inspiration will hit you. Literally.

Download it: ....the entire album, it's free!
**A few personal favorites: "Traditions" / "Roleplay" / "Bedtime Stories"

Friday, June 5, 2009

Fly Me to the Moon

Tonight is the Prom. Seriously.

A close friend of mine is hosting a fantastic party at her apartment tonight and the Prom theme brought about a great discussion regarding music...specifically the perfect playlist for a night like this. Since our high school years revolved around the late 90's and early 2000's we were excited to revisit some of our favorites and hopefully inspire a few people in the crowd to slow dance.

Remember these goodies...

All My Life - KC & JoJo
Back at One - Brian McKnight
What a Girl Wants - Christina Aguilera
All the Small Things - Blink 182
Girl on TV - LFO
Kiss Me - Sixpence None the Richer
Slide - Goo Goo Dolls
Thank You - Dido
One Minute Man - Missy Elliott
One More Time - Daft Punk

I'm getting anxious just thinking about it. Now I just need to throw on my tiara, outdated prom dress, and toss my hair up in a fabulous updo. The real question is....who will be crowned king and queen?

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Do-Division Street Fest

What could be better than hopping in a cab for a quick ride over to Division & Damen for my first street fest of the summer? Not much...I'm here to tell you. On Sunday night I ventured to Wicker Park for the Do-Division Street Fest and was greeted by hundreds (thousands?) of indie rock/hippie kids of all ages. The whole intent of this trip to the west neighborhood was very important. Ever since I began listening to the White Rabbits I promised myself that I could not miss them the next time they visit the Chi. True to the promises that I make to myself, I found myself scurrying around my apartment at 6:35pm on Sunday night after a long day at work, but at 6:40pm I was safely in a cab and well on my way.

The show started promptly at 7:00pm and you better believe that Cara, her newest boy, and myself were elbowing our way to the front at that point. Their set lasted about 40 minutes, but it was packed with drum & piano-heavy songs that kept everyone's heads moving. The energy seemed to build about 15 minutes into their set and soon the guys of the band had made many of the kids in the audience true believers in their music. Cara's boy was anticipating a rowdy version of "Percussion Gun", while I was hoping for "The Plot" to make an appearance on their abbreviated set list. We were both in luck.

If you ever get the chance to check out these young guys from Missouri then you are in for a real treat. They're easy on the eyes (that one's for you, ladies!) and their live show goes above and beyond any album they have recorded in the past couple of years. I didn't think it was possible, but I heard it with my own two ears.

For the next best thing you can check out their latest release, It's Frightening.

Download it: "Percussion Gun" / "The Plot" / "Kid on My Shoulders" / "They Done Wrong - We Done Wrong"

Monday, June 1, 2009

Guilty Pleasure

I will be the first one to admit that MTV's The Hills is a pretty ridiculous show, but the entertainment value alone has drawn me in as an avid fan. I find myself cheering on LC, shooting dirty looks at Speidi, and wondering how often Justin Bobby actually showers. The show has always been a good reference for new(ish) music, but the Season 4 finale really took the cake. My absolute favorite band of the moment (the Born Ruffians) had a song featured in the final episode and my jaw literally dropped to the floor of my apartment when I recognized the quick beats of "Hummingbird" as Brody met Spencer for lunch. Wow...I need to get a life.

Download it: "Hummingbird"

Thursday, May 21, 2009

June Lineup

In anticipation of the first full month of warm weather (hopefully), I have outlined a number of great shows that are scheduled in the city...

June 5 - Jenny Lewis @ Park West (322 W. Armitage)

June 11 - The Evangelicals @ Bottom Lounge (1375 W. Lake)

June 18 & 19 - O.A.R. @ Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island (1300 S. Lynn White Dr.)
**Hoping for a reunion with Katie & Chris Culos! :)

June 20 - Patterson Hood (of Drive-By Truckers) @ Metro (3730 N. Clark St.)

Get outside...avoid getting sunburned...enjoy the live music!

Monday, May 18, 2009

A Slight Departure....

After another rowdy Sunday Funday I felt the need to provide a friendly recap to one of my favorite people in the entire world. Love you Beara....hope you're feeling better! Tucker your heart out.

Dearest CC,

I may have some information for you regarding the timeline of last Sunday (Funday). It goes a little something like this...

Morning - Ate & Drank our faces off at McGee's (3 Bomb Shots...nice). Take turns dancing in the street.

Early Afternoon - The gang travels to Green Eyes' apartment to retrieve additional alcoholic beverages. CM pukes in alley by Green Eyes' apartment. CC brings piece of wheat bread to CM in order to help soak up the alcohol. CM refuses the bread.

Late afternoon - The gang plays bags at Joe's apartment. CC & Green Eyes eat 2 (count 'em two) hot dog buns and spy on said "gang" outside. Joe catches CC & Green Eyes eating buns so we run to bathroom. Guitar Hero sillyness follows.

Early evening - The group heads to Killer Margaritas and we order way too much food and preemptively order (2) $29 pitchers of strawberry margaritas (not the slushy kind). CC drinks one pitcher by herself and proceeds to offer free belly dancing lessons to a nearby table of 2 middle age Mexican women and a young girl. Pancho (our waiter) lies to us about his's really Jorge (damn!). MW makes friends with the women at the aforementioned table. We actually forget that MW is still with us. Restaurant turns off music to get us to leave. CC keeps insisting they play Shakira or Gloria Estefan...they refuse. The group is finally ready to leave. CC is found at a table of 3 workers helping them to fold napkins. It's really time to leave.

Late evening - CM drives us back to her apartment. Green Eyes & B McD teach CC the "special move" which is really just the two of us licking her face. CC may or may not have passed out on the couch. CM, Green Eyes & MW are chatting in the backyard and CC opens the back door wrapped in CM's blanket from her couch. CM is not happy about this (as blankets are not an outdoor item) and makes CC go inside to get a sweatshirt. CC gets sweatshirt and stumbles her way to the table. CC soon disappears and enters the bathroom (you get the point from here)

Monday morning - CC gets up around 6am (from my best recollection) and is most likely hating life. Heads home to get her week started.

**Special note: CM has put an APB out for her SIU sweatshirt and vintage Abercrombie sweatpants that went missing from her apartment on Monday morning. Please return to rightful owner. Thank you!

Just thought this might come in handy for you. :) Glad we could spend a fantastic Sunday Funday together...can't wait to see you soon. Hopefully this weekend..fingers crossed!

Love you,
Green Eyes

Friday, May 15, 2009

Oldie...but a goodie

My junior year of college I was heavy into alternative rock so I recently went through my old computer (a to check out what kind of hidden gems I could find. Of course there was the typical Dashboard Confessional and more Dave Matthews Band than I would ever openly admit to, but there was one song in particular that I had completely forgotten about. The Format started to gain popularity toward the end of my college years and I can remember first hearing "On Your Porch" and immediately downloading it on my slow internet connection. It's such a sad song, but for some reason it brings back great memories of a simpler time in my life and, for that reason, it has now made it back into the rotation. I wonder what ever happened to The Format...

Download it: "On Your Porch" / "The First Single (You Know Me)" / "Tune Out"

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The fantastic Miss Fisk

I fell in love with Schuyler Fisk back in 2006. She had only released a six song EP, but her voice was beautiful and her lyrics were sweet and honest so I continued to follow her journey all the way to her first studio album, The Good Stuff. Along this journey I realized that there were a few other reasons (besides her music) why I wished I could walk a day in Schuyler's shoes.

#1 - She is the daughter of Academy Award winner, Sissy Spacek
#2 - She has been romantically linked to Joshua Radin
#3 - She co-starred with Colin Hanks and Jack Black in 2002's dramatic comedy Orange County
#4 - She played Kristy Thomas in The Babysitter's Club movie

Her sound is soft and light-hearted, but if you fully appreciate the female singer/songwriter genre (Missy Higgins, Ingrid Michaelson, A Fine Frenzy) then I think you'll have found yourself a new girl crush in Schuyler Fisk.

Check out this video of Schuyler's live performance back in 2006. Keep an eye out for a cameo by Sissy Spacek (vocals) and commentary by Zach Braff (sigh...).

Download it: "Hello" / "Paperweight" / "From Where I'm Standing"

Friday, May 8, 2009

Music Fix - Matt and Kim

Matt & Kim came together in 2004 to create an interesting sound that can best be described as "catchy". Kim plays the drums while Matt sticks to the keyboard...which struck me as completely odd at first, but the minimalism of it all is what really makes these two Brooklyn-based punk kids stand out. Never having a chance to check them out live for myself, I scanned a few of their videos online and the pure joy that they have for their music is written all over their faces. It's not serious or stuffy, it's just fun experimental music.

Download it: "Daylight" / "Yeah Yeah"

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Let the summer shows begin...

As everyone gets geared up for the balmy Chicago summer, I find myself planning out my summer summer music schedule, that is. I love long days at North Beach and drinking at outdoor beer gardens as much as the next person, but the thought of street fests and the great mix of bands that are touring this summer really gets me geared up for what could be the best summer yet.

I plan on frequently updating this page with live shows in the Chicago area, but I thought I would kick off the summer with a fantastic band that I really feel is worth checking out....and for $15 you really can't afford to argue.

Wednesday, May 13
Bottom Lounge (1375 w. Lake, Chicago)
Low vs Diamond
w/ Ben Lee & Dawes

Don't get me wrong, Ben Lee is fantastic, but my true love is for Low vs Diamond who I am eagerly awaiting a new release from. Any day now, guys. For now I will just have to drown my sorrows in a draft beer at the show next week with my partner in crime in tow. See you there!

Monday, May 4, 2009

She Rock

Mother's Day is just around the corner (thank me later for the reminder) so in honor of women everywhere I thought I would showcase a few great bands that are led by female vocalists and completely rock because of it.

Genevieve Schatz (Company of Thieves)
Erika Wennerstrom (Heartless Bastards)
Karen O (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
Nikki Monninger (Silversun Pickups)
Tegan and Sara Quin (Tegan and Sara)
Hayley Williams (Paramore)

These ladies have inspired me by becoming pioneers for female rockers down the road and by creating a sound that they have made their own. Now they just need to create "Guitar Hero - She Rock version"....seriously.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Music Fix - Friendly Fires & Passion Pit

This week I just couldn't resist featuring a "2 for 1" deal. Although neither of these bands are new to their respective "scenes"...they are definitely new to me.

I first read about Friendly Fires on the Pitchfork website (great resource for new indie bands) back in February and since then they have been popping up everywhere from MTV to Wii ads. Their music is a good blend of rock & techno with a bit of an 80's vibe thrown in for good measure. The band's hyperactive energy radiates and their songs have got "dance party" written all over them.

Download it: "Skeleton Boy" / "Jump in the Pool" / "On Board"

Passion Pit is one of those off-beat groups that you either embrace entirely or toss out the window. Lead singer, Michael Angelakos with his shouty vocals and slightly prepubescent screeching tone makes for an interesting experience and the sweet samples they include in many of their songs keeps the beats quick and unexpected. Their new album Manners will be available on May 19, but until then you can satisfy your needs with their debut EP Chunk of Change.

Bonus: Coming to a venue near you! Passion Pit will be performing at Chicago's Empty Bottle on June 14. Grab your tickets before they're gone!

Download it: "Cuddle Fuddle" / "Live to Tell the Tale"

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Indie Heaven

Today was the day. I was nervous with anticipation as I opened my email this morning stating, "2009 Lollapalooza Lineup is Here". After missing out last year I was hoping for a list of bands that would quickly remove my guilt about not participating in one of my favorite Chicago events. I will admit that a few of my favorites from the past couple of years were not included, but in their place I have compiled a list of new bands that will be sure to make up for the loss.

If you're roaming around Grant Park that weekend I would definitely make time to check out the following...

Vampire Weekend
The Decemberists
Band of Horses
Friendly Fires
Fleet Foxes
Coheed and Cambria
Heartless Bastards
Ra Ra Riot
Kings of Leon

A few favorites that will be returning...

TV on the Radio
Cold War Kids
Peter Bjorn and John
Silversun Pickups
The Killers

I could have posted the entire list on this page, but don't be lazy! Head over to to check out the official lineup for this summer's 3-day festival. They have included profiles for each band/artist so you can listen to songs, read about their rise to fame, and start planning your dream schedule. Get to work!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Summer in the Chi

It's official. Perry Farrell will announce the lineup for Chicago's infamous Lollapalooza 2009 ( on April 21st. If you've thrown down $200 for a plastic wristband this year then you can look forward to the following (rumored) headliners..

Jane's Addiction
Beastie Boys
Depeche Mode
Kings of Leon
The Killers

Stay tuned for the full lineup, but, in the meantime, I'd like to take a shot at listing a few great bands that I would love to see grace the stages in Grant Park this summer. A girl can dream...

Ra Ra Riot / Heartless Bastards / Born Ruffians
Shout Out Louds / The Hold Steady / MGMT
Yeah Yeah Yeahs / Silversun Pickups

Fingers crossed!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Music Fix - Love in October

Although they have previously released two albums, I am highly anticipating Love in October's self-titled EP which should be hitting stores (aka iTunes) next month. I was tipped off to this band last month after a show at the Metro and not only look forward to purchasing their new album, but also can't wait to check them out live. The two ringleaders of the band, brothers Erik and Kent Widman, recently relocated the band to Chicago and a string of live shows have been scheduled in the area. Do your part...check them out!

Download it: "Soft Errors" / "Like Nothing Ever Happened"

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Playlist: I Heart Cali

It's time for this girl to take a vacation and get out of the cold tundra that is Chicago ('s almost April!). To avoid the snow that dropped down on the city this past weekend I'm headed out west for a much-needed girl's getaway in SoCal. Never one to travel without my iPod, I've compiled a playlist that will hopefully foreshadow the good times to come...

I Heart Cali (SB09 Mix)

1) "Walking on a Dream" - Empire of the Sun
2) "Rebellion (Lies)" - Arcade Fire
3) "Helicopter" - Bloc Party
4) "Badonkadonkey" - Born Ruffians **This one's for you, B!**
5) "American Boy" - Estelle (featuring Kanye West)
6) "Brooklyn is Burning" - Head Automatica
7) "Shimmy Shimmy Quarter Turn" - Hellogoodbye
8) "Play Your Part (Pt. 1)" - Girl Talk
9) "Bandages" - Hot Hot Heat
10) "15 Step" - Radiohead
11) "I'm In Miami Trick" - LMFAO
12) "Le Disko" - Shiny Toy Guns
13) "Normandie" - Shout Out Louds
14) "Great DJ" - The Ting Tings
15) "Nothing to Worry About" - Peter Bjorn and John

Note: Pineapple Moonshine. 40-person hot tub. Warm weather. Recipe for disaster.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Where's Fluffy?

I don't claim to be a movie critic in any sense of the definition, but after much anticipation (on my part) I finally got a chance to sit down and watch "Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist" last night. I will admit that I think Michael Cera is absolutely charming (in that geeky, awkward sort of way), but that actually isn't why I have been determined to view this almost-straight-to-DVD film. Let's be was the music. Obviously.

Not only did this movie include songs from great Indie bands such as The National, We Are Scientists, & Bishop Allen, but it also featured some of my classic go-to groups (Modest Mouse, Vampire Weekend, Shout Out Louds, Rogue Wave). Throughout the entire film I remained a constant believer in the power of Nick's fantastic mix CDs and I adored the fact that Norah quickly falls in love with him simply based on his taste in music. Reality? Not even close, but a girl can always dream, right?

One last note..."Our Swords" by Band of Horses is a personal favorite of mine (refer back to my first post) and the fact that it was predominantly featured in this movie puts a smile on my face.

Final say: Predictable movie with a decent cast equipped with a laundry list of great bands that I highly recommend checking out. What now, Roeper & Ebert?

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Round of Applause for RS

Jody Rosen from Rolling Stone made my day today by giving the Yeah Yeah Yeah's latest album, It's Blitz!, a solid 4-star rating. Karen O receives the respect she deserves...again.

Check it out for yourself:

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Music Fix - Oohs & Aahs

Say Hi - Formally Say Hi to your Mom

You may have heard Say Hi's eerie-sounding "Northwestern Girls" played as the soundtrack to MTV's upcoming & soon to be reality flop, "College Life", but their latest album (released March 3, 2009) is a bit more upbeat and will definitely be accompanying me on my next road trip. The sounds of Say Hi were actually created by one guy, Eric Ellbogen, who plays a wide range of instruments and provides vocals on all six of Say Hi's albums. I'll tell you one thing...this guy has managed to win me over. Hey Eric, say hi to your mom for me.

Download it: "Hallie and Henry" / "Elouise" / "Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh"

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

We've only just begun... love, my life, my everything! I can still remember when this infatuation first began (summer of '97) and whose music it was that shook me to the core (the Smashing Pumpkins...before everything went to shit). When I was young I was just like any other girl in that I loved to play sports, hang out at the mall, and gossip with my friends, but at the end of the day I was happiest when sitting in my room listening to my boom box (oh yeah - that's the late 90's for you). Even back then I always had the desire to hunt down artists or bands that were not being played on the radio. For some reason this meant more to me then bopping my head along to the Top 40. When I discover new music it's as if I have accomplished's my own little secret to share with the world. The timeline that brought me to where I am today is significant to who I have become, but it also serves as a glimpse into the music of a handful of fantastic artists/bands that I think are worth checking out..

Smashing Pumpkins
-Oh, Billy Corgan...he had me at "1979". Enough said.

-My one exception to the rule. Over the years this band has skyrocketed into mainstream pop culture, but my memory of Coldplay began when I purchased their first album, Parachutes, on the day it was released back in my high school days. Chris Martin's voice was beautiful and, at the time, their music was innovative. It still resonates with me today and I think it is fantastic that each of their subsequent albums have shown growth in their sound, lyrics, and overall appeal. In 2008 (after 8 years of following these English rockers) I was blessed with 4th row tickets to their Chicago show which only confirmed their rock-god status in my book. Amazing!
Personal Favorite(s): Shiver / God Put a Smile Upon Your Face

Pete Schmidt
-Although he has been on a slight hiatus for the past year, Pete Schmidt is still a favorite of mine in the singer/songwriter genre. I was first introduced to Pete (literally) after an impromptu trip to Indianapolis during my junior year of college. A friend of mine (you know who you are...) handed over Pete's first CD and simply said, "You have to check this guy out!". He was playing at a local coffee shop in north Indy a few weeks after that exchange so I grabbed a few friends and made the 1 hour trek to the city. His sound was very organic, but what really impressed me were his heartfelt lyrics and casual demeanor. He is totally "that guy"....he talked to the audience throughout his entire performance (reminiscent of Matt Nathanson), cracked jokes, and even played a few appropriate cover songs. Basically, he won me over. Since then I have tried my best to keep track of his new music, tour dates, etc., but it seems as if this southern musician is sticking to his roots. Other than a few shows sprinkled throughout the Atlanta area, he has not scheduled any upcoming shows in the Chicago (or Midwest!) area as of yet. Maybe he's moving away from music...maybe he's moving on to bigger and better things, but whatever it may be, I'm just grateful that I got to experience his music when it was at it's best...pure and simple.
Personal Favorite: Graduation

Erin Smith
-On the island of Maui she was "it". This transported hippie has spent the past couple of years bouncing around from bar to bar enlightening the locals and occasional tourist with her raw sound and honest lyrics. I immediately compared her to a young Fiona Apple (whom I love), but her interesting sound is less mainstream and a bit more quirky than Ms. Apple. Although she has recently rejoined forces with 2 local musicians (Kimo Clark & Ian Hollingsworth) to form the reggae-rock group, "The Throwdowns", I will always remember Erin as the sweet girl who became a local celebrity in her own right in such a short period of time.
Personal Favorite: One of the Boys

The Hold Steady
-I can't even quite pinpoint where I first found out about The Hold Steady, but after their show at Lollapalooza (2007) I was convinced of two things: 1) This band could successfully (and somehow tastefully) incorporate drugs, sex, & rock n' roll into the lyrics of each and every one of their songs and 2) Craig Finn (lead singer of The Hold Steady) had ingested all of the aforementioned drugs before stumbling out onto the stage that afternoon. I would classify their music as somewhat of a guilty pleasure that I am happy to out myself with. While I thoroughly enjoy the band's four recordings that have been released, I have to admit that The Hold Steady are to be best appreciated at the live shows. Watching Craig flail around the stage like a teenage boy off his Ridelin can only be described with one word: priceless. You can't help but dance around, sing along, and laugh your ass off at the spectacle that is presented before you. Take my word for it, purchase Boys and Girls in America, put it on repeat, and enjoy it for what it is.
Personal Favorite(s): You Can Make Him Like You / Chips Ahoy

The Hold Steady show with my partner in crime
November 2008

Tokyo Police Club
-This would be one of my more recent discoveries which I picked up from a live session on Sirius Radio. They were featured one morning on Alt Nation (Channel 21) and I immediately purchased almost every since song they have released. I'm impulsive like that when it comes to good music, but let me tell you, I was not dissapointed. These boys are young and so is the band (formed in 2005), but I think it is their (dare I say) youthful energy that captured my attention and hasn't let go. I recently got a chance to finally check out the Tokyo Police Club in concert at the Metro and not only was I impressed with their performance, but I also was introduced to another great band (the Born Ruffians) that will most likely pop back up on this page very soon. Oh, what a night!
Personal Favorite(s): Be Good / Nature of the Experiment / Your English Is Good
**Who am I kidding....I love it all!

Band of Horses
-Just check them me. Thanks Alex.
Personal Favorite(s): No One's Gonna Love You / Our Swords

This is really just the beginning. I hope to share what I've found with anyone who is willing to listen. This is interactive...a give and a take, so to speak. I welcome your suggestions, comments, raves, rants, etc. Stay tuned!