Concert Review + Photography: Nikki Lane and Noah and The Whale at Lincoln Hall (Chicago)

Nikki Lane

Nikki Lane (Greenville, South Carolina), Noah and The Whale (London, UK)
November 12, 2012
Lincoln Hall in Chicago, Illinois

Gliding onto the stage in a beautiful white fur coat, Nikki Lane took the stage with her band. “I purchased this at the Salvation Army, it’s Chloé. Only a few girls probably know how exciting that is.” I know, Nikki, I know how exciting it is to find a white fur Chloé at the Salvation Army. Lane played many of the songs on her new album, Walk of Shame. On stage with her was Carey Kostinosis, who wrote, “Blue Star In The Sky” off the album. Lane’s voice can be compared to a young Neko Case. The only downside was not of Lane’s performance, but that she was the opener. Her set was short, due to time, and those that weren’t familiar with the young songstress were captivated by her performance. I can’t wait to see Lane blossom into a headlining tour, and give us more albums. Or you know, if Lane and Kostinosis do a small tour I am more than willing to be their personal go-to gal. Purchase Walk of Shame out on I Am Sound Records.

Nikki Lane

Noah and The Whale

The five men of Noah and The Whale took to the stage a little after 11PM, in their famous suits and high energy. The crowd mostly young, but some more mature fans jeered, screamed, and jumped up and down as the men took their instruments. Noah and The Whale played many of the songs off their newest album, Last Night On Earth. Lead singer, Charlie Fink told the crow that we were entering the “Romantic Section” of the set as the band went into “The Line”, “Wild Thing” and “Blue Skies”. Later saying, “And I know for one that was a sham because those songs were miserable, and sad but now we’re entering the good times part of the set.” Promptly they jumped into “5 Years Time” as the crowd jumped and whistled with them. The band closed with “L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N” and came back for a two song encore. The show was perfection with the exception of one factor. One factor that was not related to the band. During the final last songs and encore a group of overly served fans kept shouting, “Charlie, that is his name, right? CHARLIE TAKE OFF YOUR SHIRT!” During “First Day Of Spring” a disco ball illuminated Lincoln Hall ala prom.

Noah and The Whale

Noah and The Whale

Noah and The Whale

Noah and The Whale Setlist

Thoughts?