Music Memoirs

Five facts about Rufus Wainwright. . . . → Read More: Music Memoirs

Album Review: Loudon Wainwright III – High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project

High Wide & Handsome is a 30-song walk through traditional Americana as well as newly-composed songs by Wainwright and company, written from Poole’s perspective (including the title track). . . . → Read More: Album Review: Loudon Wainwright III – High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project

Looking forward to 2010?

Are you the kind of person who likes to plan ahead? And I mean really, really ahead? Like, nearly 365 days ahead? . . . → Read More: Looking forward to 2010?

Album Review: Ben Folds Presents: University A Cappella!

This CD brings together two things that I have perhaps a bit of an irrational soft spot for: Ben Folds and his quirky piano rock, and college a cappella groups. . . . → Read More: Album Review: Ben Folds Presents: University A Cappella!

Concert Review: Andrew Bird with Alpha Consumer, Schubas, August 6

For a performer who is finally getting the mainstream attention that he deserves, Bird is still remarkably humble and down to earth. As a relatively recent transplant to Chicago, I unfortunately missed out on the days where you could catch Bird routinely playing at the Hideout or Schubas, but I can’t shake the feeling that he would be just as happy playing for a few hundred people as he would be performing in front of a sold-out Radio City Music Hall. Even though his show has gotten bigger and more intricate over the years, he looked as comfortable as ever, owning the small Schubas stage and having the audience pretty much eating out of the palm of his hand. . . . → Read More: Concert Review: Andrew Bird with Alpha Consumer, Schubas, August 6

Concert Review: Lollapalooza, Day 1

Review of my day at Lollapalooza: April Smith, Hockey, Manchester Orchestra, Gringo Star, The Knux, The Gaslight Anthem, Bon Iver, Ben Folds, Fleet Foxes, The Decemberists, Andrew Bird, and Kings of Leon. . . . → Read More: Concert Review: Lollapalooza, Day 1