Giant Drag – Waking Up Is Hard to Do

written by: Alex Bahler on March 17, 2013

Waking Up was worth the wait, and although its arrival comes slightly soured by the news, it’s hard to hate when she’s this happy about the future.

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The Darkness at The Vic Theatre on Jan. 27, 2013

written by: Alex Bahler on January 30, 2013

The Darkness might recall the more pompous strains of the pre-punk era, but in a live setting, the condescending barrier between artist and fan is non-existent. Even in the face of a little vomit.

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Bob Mould at Metro on Sept. 14, 2012

written by: Alex Bahler on September 17, 2012

Bob Mould played a sold out show Thursday night at Metro, and as expected from a concert highlighting two albums released 20 years apart—one past, one present—it was a mix of head-trip nostalgia and sharper focus on the present.

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From Beatle to Ram: McCartney’s Inner Animal Gets Unleashed Again

written by: Alex Bahler on July 6, 2012

The jaunty cry sounds like “piss off, yeah,” or possibly “kiss-off, hey!” Either would be appropriate. That’s Paul McCartney on “Too Many People,” the opening song on his first classic album without the Beatles. It was this period where he was smeared by critics and derided by his famous former songwriting partner.  This debut for  McCartney […]

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Deer Tick at Metro on June 9, 2012

written by: Alex Bahler on June 12, 2012

“We’re full grown men/But we act like kids.” Indeed, they looked like kids playing dress up, donning vintage suits of varying fits like musically inclined used car salesmen.

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Disappears at Lincoln Hall on April 13, 2012

written by: Alex Bahler on April 15, 2012

Taking the phrase “less talk, more action” to heart, Disappears showed atmosphere and muscle aren’t mutually exclusive while keeping the banter to a brief “thanks guys” near the end.

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Sleigh Bells – Reign of Terror

written by: Alex Bahler on February 20, 2012

Sleigh Bells isn’t the first act to mix the bile and the beautiful, but in 2012 they’re certainly the loudest and most confident.

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Smith Westerns at Metro on Feb. 3, 2012

written by: Alex Bahler on February 6, 2012

The band’s second album recently had its first birthday, so the guys closed their tour with the best celebration a Chicago outfit can dream up—a sold out homecoming at Metro.

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