I’ve been listening to “SGL” (stands for Shot Gun Lover) by the Minnesota-based band Now, Now for over a year. A song with a melody that’s hard to get out of your head and one that’s so catchy, it ended up being added to every single one of my seasonal playlists since last summer.
Just last week, I was excited to kick off my July with a surprise after-show featuring Foster The People and a handful of local bands at Chicago’s East Room – a small bar in the Logan Square neighborhood. Foster The People is currently on tour with Paramore and announced select intimate after-shows in cities like Brooklyn and Los Angeles for a reimagined take on their 2017 release, Sacred Hearts Club.
In case you already didn’t know, I have successfully written a show review on every live performance I’ve seen this year so far and it’s something that I am trying to hold myself accountable for and am hoping to stick with through the rest of the year. June was a wild month for me in terms of live music: not only did I see Taylor Swift’s reputation World Tour in Chicago on June 1 and 2 (you can read the review here) – I also saw Bon Iver, Middle Kids and Overcoats – three very different musicians and three unique experiences.
As 2018 continues, I’m happy to say that it’s May and I’ve continued writing about every show I’ve attended this year. It’s no easy feat and trying to find time to write about my experiences takes a lot of will power – but I’m going to try really hard to keep going! I Recently I had the chance to attend another two concerts in Chicago – the first was a show from Norwegian pop singer Dagny featuring support from Baum (one of my current faves) at the Subterranean in Wicker Park – and New York natives Sunflower Bean at Lincoln Hall with support from female rockers Dream Wife.
Happy Wednesday! So since 2018 started, I’ve managed to write a review on every live show I’ve attended thus far (click here to read them) and keeping up with writing about each one was fairly manageable to do – until I got to March.
Last week, I was lucky enough to be invited to see Elliot Root perform at Schubas Tavern – a performance venue and bar in Lakeview. I had discovered Elliot Root months ago on Spotify – the streaming service that I always praise. Spotify has continued to do a great job at giving me new artists to listen to and really is a phenomenal tool that continues to find me new music that matches my tastes.
Rostam Batmanglij is a man of many talents. If you’re not already aware of his track record as an artist, I’ll give you a rundown. Not only was he a founding member of the insanely successful indie-pop band Vampire Weekend, but has released music under the projects Discovery, collaborated with Hamilton Leithauser and produced and co-wrote music for superstars like HAIM, Carly Rae Jepsen, Declan Mckenna, Frank Ocean, Solange and Charli XCX.