Lollapalooza Photos: Day Three

Photos from the third day of Lollapalooza: Aug. 8, 2010, at Grant Park, Chicago. This gallery includes photos of Frank Turner, the Antlers, the Dodos, the Cribs, Mumford and Sons, X Japan, Frightened Rabbit, MGMT and the National. (For the Arcade Fire, see this separate gallery. [nggallery id=14]

Johnny & Limelites Bid Bye-Bye

Lincoln Square record shop Laurie’s Planet of Sound has been hosting in-store performances on Thursday evenings in July, and the one last night (July 22) was both fun and bittersweet. Bittersweet because it was the farewell performance by the scrappy garage-rock band Johnny and the Limelites. However, it’s pretty obvious Continue Reading

Photos: Thermals, Hum, Caribou and more

Here are some photos I’ve taken at concerts over the past couple of weeks. THE THERMALS with DISAPPEARS July 5 at Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park See more photos from the concert. ——— HUM and LONELY TRAILER July 10 at the Champaign 150 street festival See more photos from the concert. Continue Reading

Recent concert round-up

I’ve fallen behind on reports from recent concerts, so here’s a quick round-up of some shows I caught last week. JUNE 21: THE GREAT SOCIETY MIND DESTROYERS headlined an evening of psychedelic and experimental music at the Viaduct Theater. I’ve been digging the dark-psych sounds of this Chicago band on Continue Reading

Daytrotter Barnstormer in Monticello

On April 30, I headed downstate to Monticello, where I caught one of the Daytrotter Barnstormer concerts. My story and photo essay about the concert are in the May 13 Chicago Reader, which is the newspaper’s annual “In These Parts” issue. I’ve also posted some additional photos of the bands Continue Reading

Jónsi at the Vic

Hiatus over. I’m catching up now with photos from some concerts I’ve seen recently. Jónsi, best known as the lead singer of Icelandic band Sigur Ros, performed a magnificent and hauntingly beautiful set of his solo music from the excellent new record Go on April 28 at the Vic Theatre. Continue Reading

Bill Callahan at the Hideout

Singer-songwriter Bill Callahan, who used to call himself Smog, played two solo shows Saturday night (April 10) at the Hideout in Chicago, with proceeds going to the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center, a group that helps sexually abused children. Once again, the Hideout deserves praise for hosting interesting and entertaining events Continue Reading

Seabear at Schubas

I discovered Seabear a couple of years ago through an almost random search. I’ve liked other musical acts from Iceland, so I searched around online for some new Icelandic bands, hitting upon Seabear. I downloaded Seabear’s first album from emusic and loved the breathy vocals of lead singer Sindri Már Continue Reading