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From Saturday 11 April 2015

The Brokedowns – ‘Life Is A Breeze’

If you’re expecting a punk band like The Brokedowns to put out their third album ‘Life is a Breeze’ and employ a drastically different approach from their first releases, you are wrong, they aren’t that type of band. However, if you consider the full scope of their catalog

Tuesday 31 March 2015

Jeff Rosenstock – ‘We Cool?’

Jeff Rosenstock can incorporate more musical variety into one album than some musicians can incorporate into their whole discography. The Long Islander with his heart on his sleeve never seems to let up with creativity. Since the demise of Bomb the Music Industry! he has been playing along

Friday 23 January 2015

Interview: The Brokedowns [January 2015]

Hailing from the small, yet musically inclined town of Elgin, Illinois, The Brokedowns are the type of punk band that you either love to death or have never heard of at all. Regardless, they have put on some of the most insane shows I’ve seen over the years

Friday 19 December 2014

Interview: MEAT WAVE [December 2014]

On a cold and rainy Sunday night in Chicago, I went down to Wicker Park to a small hookah bar to interview Chris Sutter (vocals/guitar) and Joe Gac (bass) of Meat Wave. The three piece consists of members from notable Chicago bands like Elephant Gun, Bust!, Wide Angles

Wednesday 26 November 2014

LIVE: David Bazan @ Lincoln Hall, Chicago

On November 7th, 2014 at 12:03am two things happened to me: 1. I just finished witnessing David Bazan and the Passenger String Quartet play once of the most eloquent live performances I’ve ever seen. 2. I turned 28 years old. The latter isn’t important as much as it is

Tuesday 18 November 2014

Interview: David Bazan [November 2014]

David Bazan has always been known for being a prime example of a great singer-songwriter. Both his early work with Pedro the Lion and recordings under his own name have been acclaimed and revered by fans and critics alike. However, the three years after his 2010 release ‘Strange Negotiations’

Thursday 25 September 2014

LIVE: Riot Fest Sunday – Veggie Nachos

My final day at Riot Fest was my busiest day of the three, mainly because there were a ton of smaller bands playing whom I’ve never seen before and I wanted to make it a point to see as much as possible before the festival finished. At the

Tuesday 23 September 2014

LIVE: Riot Fest Saturday: Corn Dogs For All

Sometimes when it comes to scheduling with music festivals, you have to make sacrifices. What makes it even worse is when other factors come into play like crowds, people, and general lack of energy. This is how my second day at Riot Fest evolved, it was the day

Thursday 18 September 2014

LIVE: Riot Fest Friday: Chicken Strips, Orange Mohawks, Ripped Ponchos

For three years now, I have been attending Riot Fest Chicago at the end of summer prior to my favorite time of year in the Midwest: the fall. What used to be a seasonal punk festival in multiple Chicago venues has turned into an outdoor ceremony that spans