Let’s be honest – anyone who tries to claim that they have loved a musician or band since the start of their career are inherently annoying. Being a fan of someone at the start of their career doesn’t mean you’re better than a fan who discovered someone’s music five minutes ago, even though that’s usually hard to admit for us self-identifying music snobs (I’m working on it).
February’s Artist Of The Month went to duo Lily & Madeleine – midwestern sisters whose folk pop harmonies have successfully created a dedicated fanbase over the past few years, thanks to a handful of national tours and a fourth studio album, Canterbury Girls, which was just released last month on February 22. You can read my interview with the sisters here.
Michelle Obama and Miya Folick have a lot more in common than you would think. Albeit very different, they are both powerful, successful women creating meaningful conversations around the same ideas of power structures, self-identity, the #MeToo movement and dozens of others.
I wouldn’t have ever thought to make this comparison between these two women, but when Miya revealed at the beginning of her set that she had been listening to Michelle’s audiobook on tour – mentioning that she had felt inclined to share this info since she was in Chicago – I couldn’t help but start a mini list in my head about the similarities they both shared.
The Top 100 Songs of 2008 (songs based on chart performance over the course of one calendar year), included songs from Flo Rida, Leona Lewis, OneRepublic, Sara Bareilles and Katy Perry (just to name a few). The Top 100 singles of 2018 looked incredibly different, featuring songs from Drake, Camila Cabello, Cardi B., Halsey and Sam Smith.
Tomorrow Never Knows came and went in a blink of an eye and it was a great way to kick off my live shows of the new year. You can read more about this local festival in my blog post here. While it’s obvious that every artist on the lineup for TNK fest are worthy, I was definitely most excited to check out LaLa LaLa and Snail Mail.
December came and went in a blink of an eye and I managed to see three very different shows throughout the month. I thought it would be interesting to compile each review into one post to represent how different each show was in terms of genre and venue to help convey how different shows can be based on these different characteristics. I rounded up my show reviews in March and June this way as well – you can read those posts here and here.
When I got a ticket to Jessie Reyez‘ quickly selling show at Chicago’s Lincoln Hall (as I’ve mentioned countless times, my favorite venue in the city), I didn’t know what exactly to expect. Just a few months prior, I saw the 27-year-old Toronto native perform to a rowdy, sweaty crowd engulfed in dust clouds at Lollapalooza. The early afternoon set in a sweltering 95 degrees gave a nice insight to who she was as a singer, songwriter and musician, but the 40 minutes was really just a sneak peek as to what she could really deliver at her own headlining show.