Jenny Toomey at Schubas, Chicago, 10/16/01 It was a regular independent music hoedown inside Schubas music room Tuesday night, as Jenny Toomey brought her solo act to Chicago, building out from her indie rock roots with a backing band that showcased not only Toomey’s trademark voice, wit and lyrics, but the challenging interaction of keys, … Continue reading Jenny Toomey: Beauty, Pt. II
The Strokes Blow Up The Spot (And That’s No Hype!) On Friday night at Metro, the Strokes ran every route in the rookie rock star playbook. They played the waiting game with their sold out crowd, booked an impossibly shitty band as an opener, performed behind a shroud of smoke, and even fell off the … Continue reading The Strokes: Fell in Love with You before the Second Show
Glorious Noise is happy to introduce a new member to the team. Kristy Eldredge is a writer living in Brooklyn. Her new feature article reports from New York on her finding true love in the arms of Quasi. Be sure to welcome her to the group and post your thoughts in the discussion section.
Live Music Is Better? Lucinda Williams Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor Sept. 19, 2001 As Neil Young’s rabid hyperrust.org fans have long proclaimed, “Live music is better.” I’ve always bought into the notion, but for the first three-quarters of Williams’ two-hour set, I was beginning to question it. Sitting in the beautiful, yet sterile Michigan Theater, … Continue reading Live Music Is Better? Lucinda Williams in Ann Arbor
September 16, Schubas, Chicago IL (opening for Allison Moorer) By Phil Wise Wilco front man Jeff Tweedy casts a long shadow. His former songwriting partner in Uncle Tupelo, Jay Farrar, is still living with comparisons some seven years after the two parted ways. Now, just weeks after announcing his split from Wilco, guitarist/songwriter/keyboardist Jay Bennett … Continue reading Jay Bennett’s Big Night Out
Cheap Trick at the Double Door, Chicago By Phil Wise In the past year I’ve seen the two groups most associated with power pop. One developed the archetype in the 60s with songs like “Can’t Explain” and “Glow Girl” and the other perfected it in the 70s with “Surrender” and “The Dream Police.” Now, I … Continue reading Cheap Trick at the Double Door: We’re All Alright
Marshall Crenshaw at The Ark, 15 August: Before the Whole Thing Crumbles to the Ground “Thank God there are some people here.” With those words, Marshall Crenshaw sat down on a stool with an acoustic guitar on the stage of The Ark. There were, oh, maybe 200 people there, many of whom paid $17.50 to … Continue reading Marshall Crenshaw: Before the Whole Thing Crumbles to the Ground
Chicago’s Empty Bottle doesn’t spend a lot of time feng shui’ing itself. The décor – mostly old handbills and spray paint – gathers on the walls like ancient gardening equipment in your parents’ garage. Scattered, tired versions of those adhesive stars that glow in the dark put up a good fight, but they can’t compete … Continue reading WHITE STRIPES PAINT THE TOWN RED
PUNK ROCK TEARS THE ROOF OFF THE CONGRESS THEATER Six dollars and your best thrift store gear got you through the door to Chicago’s Congress Theater on Sunday night to watch Fugazi, Shellac, and The Ex unleash guitar tones seemingly designed to tear the marble wainscoting from the theater’s elegant, aging walls. In the finale … Continue reading Fugazi, Shellac, and The Ex: Sound Of Impact
Eleni Mandell Martyr’s, 4/17 WHO’S AFRAID OF ELENI MANDELL? Me. Imagine the punk rock offspring of Tea Leoni and Corin Tucker, raised in LA on a diet of PJ Harvey, Tom Waits, and Nina Simone and you’re getting close to what Los Angeles-based singer Eleni Mandell brings to the table. Oh, and did I mention … Continue reading WHO’S AFRAID OF ELENI MANDELL?