May 30, 2014
With LA indie rockers Dawes as his backing band, Conor Oberst performed songs off his new solo album “Upside Down Mountain.” Highlights included “Time Forgot” and “Zigzagging Toward the Light.” There’s was plenty of room for some Bright Eyes songs in the set – including “Old Soul Song For the New World Order,” “Soul Singer in a Session Band,” and “Poison Oak” among others. More photos below.
Tags: Bright Eyes, Chicago, Conor Oberst, Dawes, Desaparecidos, metro
March 28, 2014
New Jersey indie rockers Real Estate kind of defy category. Some of their songs sound like surf rock while others resemble neo-psychedelia.
Either way, the band put out what will sure to be one of this year’s best records – “Atlas” – earlier this month. The five-piece has a special affinity for Chicago since it recorded “Atlas” at Wilco’s Northwest Side loft.
Thursday at the Metro in Chicago, Real Estate showcased its off-the-charts musicianship. Lead singer Martin Courtney is a near virtuoso on electric guitar, but it didn’t come off as flashy or over-the-top.
Quite the opposite, his playing was humble and unpretentious. Clean guitar lines weaved in and out in an angelic display of chillout precision. It’s mind-boggling how these songs fit together. Elegant, intricate and grandiose. Their calmness is therapeutic.
Tags: Concerts, indie rock, metro, real estate