Concert Reviews

Twin Sister at Lincoln Hall

Concert Review + Photography: Wild Beasts at Lincoln Hall (Chicago)

Indie aficionados flocked into Lincoln Hall Saturday night for several hours of swirling, arching dream pop brought by a transatlantic exchange of Twin Sister from our parts, and Wild Beasts from the United Kingdom. Both acts are on Domino Records, the established label on the same plateau as Merge and Sub Pop, and share a similar mesmerizing quality to their music, yet with different approaches.

Photography: Day of Dignity hosted by Brother Ali (Minneapolis)

Brother Ali (Minneapolis), Toki Wright (Minneapolis), Freeway (Philadelphia), Plain Ole Bill (Minneapolis)
October 1st, 2011
Masjid An-Nur Islamic Centers of Minneapolis and St Paul (Minneapolis, MN)

A tweet from Ali went out in the morning, looking for volunteers to come out in the wee hours of the morning to help set up a stage and the 30,000 watt sound system. About 20 people showed up between 7am and 8am and got that stage up in the same time it usually takes the pros.

Concert Review + Photography: Dark Dark Dark at Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements (Chicago)

I couldn’t define Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements more accurately that they have on their website. “Some might say that Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements hopes to reinvent the traditions of Vaudeville for a 21st century audience – a live mash up of art forms and entertainment under one umbrella. Our ultimate goal is to create a distinct environment that allows a wide audience to be entertained with the most creative ideas and performers regardless of genre.” This weekend they overtook Chicago’s Eckhart Park, where people of all ages were transfixed on the big tents, jugglers, carnival games, over stuffed-stuffed animals, and rides. Renegade Craft Fair had tents set up, a farmers market and so much live music.

Concert Review: David Wax Museum at the 9:30 Club (Washington, D.C.)

Over the past few years, the Boston-based David Wax Museum has made a name for itself and its Mexo-Americana music in Washington. Bouncing from living room to living room, the group has played more than 20 shows in the District in venues provided by their fans.

Though the 9:30 Club is a bit bigger than a standard D.C. living room, that didn’t prevent the band from maintaining the same level of intimacy in their performance. Even with the first song, Wax sang part of a verse at the edge of the stage, away from his microphone, immediately turning an audience that had been chatty during two opening acts into an attentive and engaged one.

Concert Review + Photography: 2nd 1st Annual Rock County Folk Symposium

The 2nd 1st Annual Rock County Folk Symposium marked the southern Wisconsin highlight of the Labor Day weekend. Basically while all the families and students escaped to the Dells, Door County or home, dozens upon dozens upon dozens made the trek through cornfields and woods to camp out along the Rock River. So many that this year was sold out, capping off earlier surprise announcements such as Julian Lynch DJing the day away and a headlining set from Group of the Altos.