Live Reviews

Photo/Video Recap: Illinois at Archie’s Big Heads (12/09)


I have seen A LOT of Illinois‘ shows over the years and last night’s show might have been the best to date. Illinois took the stage at Archie’s Big Heads (Hatboro, PA) at about 11:15PM and played nearly two hours of all Illinois with only two Tom Petty covers thrown in by request. A true “is this heaven” moment for any Illinois fan and anyone in attendance. If you missed this awesome show, the following photos and videos might help you to imagine what it was like to be there firsthand.

PHOTOS
Illinois 12-09-17

VIDEOS

Illinois – “Naked In Camouflage” 12/09/17
Illinois – “Nosebleed” 12/09/17

All in all, a fantastic night of live music.

Five For Thought

Five For Thought – 12.08.17


Val Emmich – “Lately (The Crazy)”
Singer-songwriter extraordinaire (excellent actor and writer to boot) Val Emmich released his newest single last week called “Lately (The Crazy)” “It’s about this feeling of being in a constant state of alarm, not being able to turn it off, even at night, in the comfort of your own home.” An optimistic sounding song in a time of madness. Thanks for the comfort, Val, I think we can all use some.


Mike Herz – “The Acrobat”
This song, “The Acrobat” is the title track from Mike Herz’s January 2017 release. On the album this track appears last and I wonder if it was always intended to be that way or was that beautiful robotically harmonic sounding “goodbye” the deciding factor? Anyways, a great song, that voice is confident yet warm, and I know a banjo when I hear one. Catch Mike Herz at Burlap and Bean – Saturday, December 9, 2017.


Illinois – “Summer”
Listening to a song titled “Summer” does not seem seasonally appropriate when winter is near. Or, maybe it’s the perfect song to remind us of those warm, sunny days. Either way, this song embodies the fundamental underlying essence of the band Illinois—FUN. But it’s no secret that Illinois’ strength lies in their ability to effortlessly conquer any music style with confidence. You’re in luck, Illinois plays Archie’s Big Heads – Saturday, December 9, 2017.


Hemming – “Counting Stones
Hemming is a Philadelphia, PA based artist but it took me seeing Mondo Cozmo last February for me to hear her music for the first time. Well, I never claimed to be the sole discoverer of all great music. I always welcome your music suggestions. Anyways, this song sounds SO GOOD. And if I don’t get my chance to see Hemming live this Sunday at Boot & Saddle then I’ll be very upset with myself.


Strand Of Oaks – “Passing Out”
“Passing Out” is from the forthcoming album ‘Harder Love’ original recordings (January 19, 2018 digital release) by Strand Of Oaks. “Harder Love feels like Hard Love in an alternate dimension. A whole lot stranger and even more raw, it’s like the tripped out, spiritual brother to its predecessor.” Based on this song alone I can kind of see where that description comes from. It’s no “Goshen 97” and that’s where my appreciation of Strand of Oaks comes from. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that’s a bad thing—just something different and different can be good. Strand Of Oaks’ Winter Classic 2017 starts tonight (Saturday and Sunday) at Boot & Saddle.

Shows Concerts Gigs

Shows Concerts Gigs: Dec 4 – Dec 10, 2017

Shows Concerts Gigs

Shows Concerts Gigs: Dec 4 – Dec 10, 2017

Mon 12/04/17 – The National @ Verizon Hall (Philadelphia, PA) | Tix

Fri 12/08/17 – Strand Of Oaks / Shannen Moser @ Boot & Saddle (Philadelphia, PA) | SOLD OUT
Fri 12/08/17 – Everyone Orchestra / Hezekiah Jones @ Ardmore Music Hall (Ardmore, PA) | Tix
Fri 12/08/17 – Ross Bellenoit / Sonja Sofya @ Stoney’s British Pub (Wilmington, DE) | Info

Sat 12/09/17 – Jackson Pines / Mike Herz @ Burlap and Bean (Newtown Square, PA) | Tix
Sat 12/09/17 – Mogwai / Xander Harris @ Theater OF Living Arts (Philadelphia, PA) | Tix
Sat 12/09/17 – Illinois @ Archie’s Big Heads (Hatboro, PA) | Info
Sat 12/09/17 – Strand Of Oaks / John Dyer Baizley @ Boot & Saddle (Philadelphia, PA) | SOLD OUT

Sun 12/10/17 – Strand Of Oaks / Hemming @ Boot & Saddle (Philadelphia, PA) | Tix

See you at a show!

Shows Concerts Gigs

Shows Concerts Gigs: Nov 27 – Dec 3, 2017

Shos Concerts Gigs

Shows Concerts Gigs: Nov 27 – Dec 3, 2017

Wed 11/29/17 – Intersect: The Chamber Orchestra w/ Andrew Lipke @ World Cafe Live (Philadelphia, PA) | Tix

Thu 11/30/17 – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah / Outer Spaces @ Johnny Brenda’s (Philadelphia, PA) | Tix
Thu 11/30/17 – Liam Gallagher / Warbly Jets @ Union Transfer (Philadelphia, PA) | SOLD OUT

Fri 12/01/17 – Fromer Belle @ The Pharmacy (Philadelphia, PA)| Info
Fri 12/01/17 – Andorra / Alright Junior / Knightlife @ Kung Fu Necktie (Philadelphia, PA) | Tix
Fri 12/01/17 – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah / Dominic @ Johnny Brenda’s (Philadelphia, PA) | Tix

Sun 12/03/17 – The Bluegrass Gospel Brunch: Manatawny Creek Ramblers @ World Cafe Live (Philadelphia, PA) | Tix

See you at a show!

Shows Concerts Gigs

Shows Concerts Gigs: Nov 20 – Nov 26, 2017

Shows Concerts Gigs: Nov 20 – Nov 26, 2017

Thu 11/23/2017 – HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
Thu 11/23/2017 – Blinkin Lincoln’s 13th Annual Allstar Thanksgiving Night Jam @ Dawson Street Pub (Philadelphia, PA) | Info

Fri 11/24/2017 – Hezekiah Jones / And You, Brutus? @ Mike’s Tavern (Reading, PA) | Info
Fri 11/24/2017 – Cabinet / Mason Porter / Gatos Blanco @ Ardmore Music Hall (Ardmore, PA) | Tix

Sat 11/25/2017 – Nicole Atkins / Low Cut Connie @ Wonder Bar (Asbury Park, NJ) | Tix
Sat 11/25/2017 – Cliff Hillis Band / Corin Ashley @ Steel City (Phoenixville, PA) | Tix

Sun 11/26/2017 – The Bluegrass Gospel Brunch: Manatawny Creek Ramblers @ World Cafe Live (Philadelphia, PA) | Tix

See you at a show!

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