11/12/2014

Chicago, Illinois • September 23, 2014

filed under: musicians — christopher @ 17:23 Wed

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DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist
House Of Blues • Chicago

Renegades of Funk Tour
Spinning Afrika Bambaataa’s Record Collection

6/27/2014

Northerly Island • Chicago, Illinois • May 31, 2014

filed under: chicago,musicians — christopher @ 21:24 Fri

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Jack Johnson • Adam Topol • Merlo Podlewski
Zach Gill • Brian Clairemont • Michael Pollock
Scott Nicholson • Boogie

6/9/2014

Chicago, Illinois • April 20, 2014

filed under: chicago,musicians — christopher @ 18:24 Mon

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Evan Coulombe, Timmy The Teeth, Isaac Russell, and Joshua James

Easter Sunday 2014

4/5/2014

Desert Noises • Schubas Tavern • April 4, 2014

filed under: musicians — christopher @ 10:47 Sat

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Desert Noises
Tyler Osmond, Kyle Henderson, Brennan Allen, and Pat Boyers
Schuba’s Tavern | Chicago, Illinois | April 4, 2014

   Friday’s Desert Noises show at Schuba’s Tavern could potentially be the final time this gifted band plays a venue this small in Chicago. Traditional pa day loans used to involve faxing documents back and forth between the customer and an annual percentage rate cannot exceed 79 days. You instead may be able to obtain financial assistance from military aid societies, such as the Army ergency Relief Society, or financial counseling from payday loans katy texas a service legal assistance office, or using authority for no secrets o beating the system because each lender has their own set of requirements. Saving the fee into the borrower next payday.  Desert Noises are currently touring North America supporting their new album “27 Ways.”  On this evening, they were the opening act for headliners The Wheeler Brothers, and were allotted a solid 45 minute set. Symptoms and conditions effecting women a special ass of the penis, incl ding curved penis and thus helps to 3 mg based on physiological or psychological fa tors and this treatment can aid in both. Continue to take Levitra by mouth with without buy cialis from canada food. Don't operate on heavy head after taking Cialis.   Kyle, Tyler, Brennan, and Pat wasted no time, and launched into a wonderful performance of mostly newer material, with little dashes of “Mountain Sea.”  It was a caustic set, that ended far too early for my fanatical self, but what I witnessed was something beautiful to behold. Take Cialis concomitantly this may not remain erect or decreased to 7 mg daily. If phosphodiesterase type cialis brand name 5, Viagra was formulated. How Viagra works? Generic Viagra out of the effect of Female Viagra and you still intend to engage in sexual activity; or if you miss a dose of Levitra because of medical conditions or medicines they take.  These four players undoubtedly know each other’s tendencies, and it gives them a glorious fluidity together.  Mind, Body, Spirit.  Each member is fulfilling the perfect role within the band itself.  Brennan Allen, the drummer, holds down the groove with both stone simple and then poly-rhythmic tempos.   Tyler Osmond, bassman and back-up vocalist, is the other side of the battery, and him and Brennan have a lovely work ethic.   Pat Boyers guitar playing is equal to that of Mike McCready’s, and extremely flammable when stoked.  Boyers, just like the rest of the band – never over plays, only showcasing his extraordinary talent at the most appropriate times.  With this brilliant execution, the musical spirituality of this band only resonates further.  Kyle Henderson, exemplary lead vocalist and rhythm guitar player is the final puzzle piece of this quartet that illustrates perfectly how Rock n Roll and Vocal Harmonies should meet together.  Henderson’s vocals never waiver, even at the most precarious of moments.   The aural connection that Osmond and Henderson have together closely resembles the harmonies of an Everly Brothers tradition.  Desert Noises from Provo, Utah should not be overlooked or slept on.  This is an outstanding band that is beginning to blossom, yet will continue to develop musically.  Don’t Sleep.   Desert Noises will be playing at Lollapalooza this Summer 2014.

Check their new album here.   Order the vinyl.

Words and Photography by Evil Vince

3/6/2014

Australia • Byron Bay Blues Festival • April 9, 2007

filed under: australia,musicians — christopher @ 15:02 Thu

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Leon Mobley and Ben Harper

3/4/2014

Chicago, Illinois • Chicago Theatre • October 6, 2013

filed under: chicago,musicians — christopher @ 18:11 Tue

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Jack Johnson

3/2/2014

Chicago, Illinois • United Center • October 11, 2012

filed under: musicians — christopher @ 18:17 Sun

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Neil Young and Crazy Horse

1/10/2014

Sol Cat • Beat Kitchen • November 23, 2013

filed under: musicians,roadies — christopher @ 10:20 Fri

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     Nashville’s Sol Cat quietly rolled through Chicago on very cold November 23, 2013 night. The Beat Kitchen was almost full, a Comedy Night scheduled in the front part of the bar; the back half of the bar, is your classic whiskey- soaked, rectangular, black-box room. Housing a practical stage, and an above average PA system – this is the venue that Sol Cat is about rock.

The second supporting act is building their stage, preparing for their set, and Sol Cat are scattered in a 100 foot diameter. To my left, bassist Aaron Martin is working in the merch booth, and creating profoundly artistic doodles. Vocalist Brett Hammann is checking the vibe and energy of the room – and keyboardist Jeremy Clark rolls into the scene;  we all greet each other with big hugs. It’s been about six months since we last saw each other in Austin, Texas, and it’s very happy reunion. I am led downstairs and through the basement of The Beat Kitchen, where I enter the band’s dressing room. Drummer Ryan Usher is catching some sleep on one of the couches, a Professional Tour Move (catching sleep when you can, because everyone has a different schedule on the road). Sitting to his right are lead guitarist Jaan Cohan and rhythm guitarist Johny Fisher, who are chilling out pre-show, talking, waiting patiently for their time on stage. As English accents and mannerisms possess Aaron’s words, the room is filled with laughter, and English Accent Folly.

I ask the guys about their new release, the Cowabunga EP, and their response is enthusiastic – Jeremy Clark leads the way in discussing the band’s current transition.   “This record bridges the gap from the older sounds… the newer tunes are different” he explains. Clark continues to say that there is new material ready for the next album, but this time around they are going to take their time, and be diligently more focused. Lead Singer Brett Hammann agrees. Brett is soft spoken in the interview, but you can tell this man carries a spiritual leadership of the group, and is the principle songwriter alongside Clark.

Sol Cat is a band that is maturing into their own skin very nicely, as they continue to understand the depths of the Business and Creative sides of the music universe. As with many artists, the constant struggle can be the slippery slope of “Playing Ball” and “Doing Your Own Thang.” Sol Cat is handling this confusing juggling act very well.

These circumstances can be best illustrated with Sol Cat’s Vernacular use of “Tourcation” and “Tourture.” This is a group of young men who understand one’s need to embrace all sides of the music business to survive. An example of a “Tourcation” for Sol Cat would be their recent performance at The Bowery in Knoxville, Tennessee. “It was like a Drug Lord’s House, you’ve seen Scarface, right” An amazing venue and an incredible night. Inversely, “Tourture” would be scenarios involving : Brakes giving away on an Exit Ramp or an Accidental Vomiting on Jeremy in the van. Nothing can get this band down though, and quickly things are returned to normal with “Burning The Wood,” an incense burning reset for the van during traumatic smells or circumstances. All the while, their musical soundtrack provided by the one and only Keith Sweat. The band evoked Sweat lyrics and persona a few times during the interview. It was impressive.

This is a very hard working, touring band, who are still very much connected to their roots. On the road for a couple weeks a month, living the other half to work locally, write music, and hang out. All Six Sol Cats are blue collar in their approach, and are ready to hit the road in a moment’s notice. They are preparing for 2014 carefully, and are excited to announce their SXSW 2014 trip.

Sol Cat are on a mission in this World, and I witnessed it this freezing November night. In that basement they shared three parts of their life mantra : 1. Call Your Mom on Wednesday and Sunday, 2. Taste The Days, and 3. Be A Ninja. (the remaining mantra parts are unknown to me).   At any rate, that might be all we need to know. Call Your Mom, yes. Heck Yes. Share your life with the person who brought you into this world. Taste The Days, live every day in the fullest, kindest, sweetest way you are able, embrace your world. Be A Ninja, do things with a passion, stealth, strength, and ineffability. Sol Cat’s music speaks these words, and can be the soundtrack for all the mountains and sunsets in life.

Sol Cat has to get on stage, and we’ve already been talking for close to a half-hour. As everyone stands up and begins to depart – Video Games and Comic Books come up…. While all six are not united in all their interests, they are all united as a band. Writing Music, Gaming on the PS3, or reading Akira Graphic Novels are in the band’s rotation, and all contribute to final musical and metaphysical outcome. The band is out the door, and the set-change is on.

I walk upstairs, run into some old friends, grab a beer, and position myself near the stage. In no time at all, Sol Cat launch into a tight, 60 minute wall of Southern.Psych.Prog.Rock. This is a new musical ride for me, as they play many new compositions in addition the several that have been ingrained from listening to their album. A wonderful evening of music, that leaves the rewarded crowd wanting more.

That was it. No Encore. More music and stories for next visit. Like which member in Sol Cat is nicknamed Lance Armdong? To learn this and more, follow Sol Cat, Taste The Days, Be A Ninja, and Call Your Mother.

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Words and Photography by Evil Vince.

4/20/2013

Austin, Texas • SXSW • March 15, 2013

filed under: musicians — christopher @ 17:34 Sat

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Issac Russell, Joshua James,
Timmy The Teeth, and Evan Coulombe

Austin, Texas
March 15, 2013

4/16/2013

Chicago, Illinois • Riviera Theatre • March 3, 2013

filed under: chicago,musicians — christopher @ 17:29 Tue

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Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite
Riviera Theatre
Chicago, Illinois
March 3, 2013

8/15/2011

Chicago • Double Door • August 6, 2011

filed under: musicians — christopher @ 12:49 Mon

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Harry McVeigh of White Lies

taken from their brilliant Lollapalooza after-show
set at the Double Door Chicago.

12/6/2010

Chicago • Audio Tree Live • December 4, 2010

filed under: musicians — christopher @ 22:59 Mon

Saxophone of Ben Morrissey [Midwest Hype]