i was there || caribou

Show: Caribou

Location: Metro

Date: 4.11.15

Favorite Song: This was my second time seeing Caribou in two months + my feelings on this are the same at last time. This show is in some ways more like a DJ set in that the individual songs make up the greater whole. They build upon each other in a very well thought out and smart way so it's a bit hard to dissect individually. It almost feels wrong to do so.

Memorable Moment: I talked up the SF performance so much that I'm glad Chicago didn't disappoint. My Chicago friends were all totally blown away which I knew would happen. It was a good night to be in the Metro. Sold out, but not obnoxious at all.

Biggest Letdown: I think the setlist might have been identical to their set at The Fillmore in San Francisco. I would have liked to see an encore other than "Sun."

This Show: Was very similar to the San Francisco show which typically can be a bummer when seeing an artist twice in a short period of time but in this instance I was okay with it because it was so fantastic both times. I don't typically say this, but after seeing them twice indoors now I am pretty excited to see them one more time outdoors at Pitchfork.

ratatat || cream on chrome



I took a cue from my favorite blogger, Daniel of Manhattan Nest, + got a little OCD last night. Or maybe I was just horribly embarrassed that my mother sent me out into the real world ten years ago with spices from the DOLLAR STORE. Talk about trauma. That woman loves the dollar store.

Fun Fact: These $3 spice jars from The Container Store cost me more money than my mom spent on the actual spices. Worth it.


i was there || maya jane coles

Show: Maya Jane Coles
Alex Arnout

Location: Spy Bar

Date: 4.3.15

Memorable Moment: Alex Arnout's face will stick with me forever. I wasn't familiar with him going into the night but he put on a pretty good set. Definitely a good complement to MJC. Almost made up for the fact that she went on so late.

Biggest Letdown: This was my second show for the night so by the time I left Father John Misty + made it to Spy Bar I was in rare from (Spy Bar also does that to me). I might have accidentally/on-purpose poured my drink on a guy that was being a jerk. I wish MJC had gone on earlier so I could have put myself to bed sooner.

This Show: Was pretty much what I expected. MJC is nothing if not consistent. I can probably say the same for Spy Bar too but on the opposite spectrum of goodness. I do find it personally important to support women in music + I am happy to do so for Maya.


i was there || father john misty

Show: Father John Misty

Location: The Vic

Date: 4.3.15

Favorite Song: There is a line in "Nothing Good Ever Happens At the Goddamn Thirsty Crow" that I kind of love that goes "I know its hard to believe a good-hearted woman could have a body that make your daddy cry" + it sounded pretty stellar live. I love "When Your're Smiling + Astride Me" too.

Memorable Moment: We didn't get to The Vic that early but managed to snag a great spot right up front stage left. I had a pretty perfect view all night.

Biggest Letdown: I was expecting to fall madly in love with Mr. Tillman after this show but he tried so damn hard. It was over the top + not very cool. Let this be a lesson, gentlemen -- luscious locks + naughty-yet-romantic lyrics can't make up for a questionable personality.

This Show: Definitely had a country twang to it which can be surprising to some. I typically am not a fan of country music but I do love me some country-inspired rock + roll a la Ryan Adams. Overall this show sounded great.