Category archives: Reviews

  • My Night With Kevin McDonald...or How I Got Pregnant

  • What does an evening with Kevin McDonald entail? Excessive crying and stealing pandas? Sure, that’s the typical evening—but there’s also lots of laughter…because Kevin McDonald is funny. The evening began innocently enough. Saurin Choski and Mike Bobbitt performed quality stand-up sets that provided some observations and crow-work. If you live in Chicago you can see Choski just about every week[...]
  • Album Review: Cocoon Life - The Power of Nightmares

  • It's difficult for me to review The Power of Nightmares. I started off writing about the first line of the opening track, Four Chambers, but it was hard not to get too personal. See, I've known members of the band since their founding in 2002 and some of them even longer. Perhaps it's a foux pas for me to attempt to write about a band I'm so intimately acquainted with, but god damn it. this EP is [...]
  • The Sound Logic self-titled debut

  • This review will continue my new series "Shit I Should Have Reviewed Long Ago". This week I present the Sound Logic's self-titled release which came out on June 1st. I just saw the two-piece over at the No Wave Rave and goddamn was it cool. If you don't get off on guitars caked in fuzz and kick-ass drumming, then I suppose you won't really like the band's overall sound. But when you're ready ro[...]
  • Album Review: Lord Scrummage-Triangle or Die

  • It is now time for my long overdue review of the new Lord Scrummage. Why long overdue you ask? Because if it had not been for a recent 'How to Brush Your Teeth' lesson with Nolan (sidenote: he has a lot of good advice--it's all about making slow, tiny circles with the toothbrush and working up to--not down--from your gums) the album, released in February, would have slipped my attention.  The albu[...]
  • Record Review - El Monte Slim - If I Could Just Break Even

  • El Monte Slim is a California band with Michigan roots.  Lead singer/gee-tar picker Ian Trumbull was the front-man for 90’s Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor-based bar-room juggernaut The Deterants before packing up and setting out towards the Pacific.   He landed in San Diego and, with fellow `Rant Jimmy “Jazz” Ayala and ex-Holy Cow John Popovich, formed Ghost Town Deputies for a string of impressive recor[...]
  • Hospital Garden unveils new album Mover

  • Standing around an old factory in the heart of Chicago are the members of Hospital Garden. Between the indie-rock trio rests a large, draped object. Our group of nervous journalists slowly pushes in...what should we expect? "Ladies and gentleman," Lucas Hollow--Hospital Garden guitarist--announces, "We present...Mover!" Flashbulbs fire in rapid succession. Hushed tones become a chorus of gas[...]
  • Friday Night at the Blowout

  • The Ferndale contingent of Blowout marches on. Enough has been written about whether a more focused event held on one weekend in Hamtramck would have been better (it would have), but walking through Ferndale does allow ample opportunity to laugh at the club scene that seems to have sprung up there. The Library seemed to be the epicenter of the evening. Phantom Cats opened up—fucking amazing as [...]
  • Jeremy Porter & The Tucos release Partner In Crime

  • The past few months have been quite trying. You see, I’ve begun Shark College yet again—this time working toward my Ph.d. It’s demanding. On top of that, I’ve been meaning to review the new Jeremy Porter & The Tucos album, Partner In Crime. I intended to do this review probably a month ago. What makes the whole situation so awkward is that Jeremy is also MCR staffer. His desk is just outsid[...]