A Talk With Whoa Dakota Over Tacos

By Allyson Klein On Friday Nov. 15, the lineup at Liar’s Club was an energetic mix of rock n’ roll and pop musicians consisting of Chicago’s own The Baby Magic, Sugarpulp and The Tomblands – and, out of Nashville, indie pop band Whoa Dakota.  Prior to the show, the members of Whoa Dakota – lead singer Jesse Ott, guitarist Collin, drummer Brian and manager Samantha Zaruba –  sat in the corner inside Lincoln Park taco … Continue reading A Talk With Whoa Dakota Over Tacos

Boiler Room Returns to Chicago at the House of Vans

Photos and review by Kaylie Plauche The world's favorite underground party, known as Boiler Room, has returned to Chicago in the form of a partnership with The House of Vans. The last time the live event took place in Chicago was in tribute to Daft Punk. This time around, the lineup revolves around “Musicians Most Wanted,” featuring rap figurehead Kevin Gate, local artist Mick Jenkins, Singaporean DJ duo Yeti Out, and the winners of Vans “Musicians … Continue reading Boiler Room Returns to Chicago at the House of Vans

Angel Olsen, Vagabon Performance at the Riviera Theatre

Photos by Allison Lapinski There’s a line around the block, 15-20 minutes deep at least. Either they’re giving away free hot dogs, or Angel Olsen is in town. Judging by the giant marquee emblazoned on The Riviera Theatre, it’s the latter. Shuffling in the it’s-too-cold-for-this-time-of-year-climate-change-is-real weather, there’s an air of palpable excitement that warms the crowd with expectation. One of the biggest talents from the last decade has just released an album of grand design, … Continue reading Angel Olsen, Vagabon Performance at the Riviera Theatre

Crumb Takes Thalia Hall to Dreamland

By Maddie Chaudron The chilly weather in Pilsen didn’t stop crowds from filling Thalia Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 6, to see Brooklyn dream-pop band Crumb perform. The group recently gained recognition due to their 2017 track “Locket” becoming a hit song on Generation Z’s preferred social media app Tik Tok, and began their 2019 tour this September in support of their debut album “Jinx.” Crumb proved to be more than just a Tik Tok one-hit-wonder … Continue reading Crumb Takes Thalia Hall to Dreamland

Angel Olsen to Play the Riv in Support of “All Mirrors”

By Ryan Saar Angel Olsen has always been a compelling figure. Watching her progress from humble lo-fi beginnings to this year’s magnificent All Mirrors, her music’s clear consistent value has been its demand for humanity. Olsen seesaws from forlorn ballad to thrilling rock opera, but listeners can always count on is her commitment to plumbing the common emotional core. What she tends to find at the center isn’t always pretty, but it’s worth turning out … Continue reading Angel Olsen to Play the Riv in Support of “All Mirrors”