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Tuesday
Mar152016

Carly Rae Jepsen @ Metro

Carly Rae Jepsen
Where: Metro
When: March 12th, 2016
Grade: 5 out of 5 meatballs
Reviewed and Photographed by: Neil Miller, Jr.

In full disclosure, it begs mentioning that I am a HUGE Carly Rae Jepsen fan.  Especially after the earth-shattering album she dropped last year in the form of E•MO•TION, she’d managed to convert even her most passionate detractors into brand spankin’ new superfans.  Sure, I dug “Call Me Maybe” when it came out and I did lose my mind over “Tonight I’m Getting Over You” for a little while, but I never identified as a fan until last year.  E•MO•TION is the quintessential pop ALBUM.  Yes, that was in all caps intentionally because it’s important that everyone recognize what CRJ has accomplished here – she’s unleashed a modern day Bad or CrazySexyCool or Private Dancer or True Blue…you get the point.  The album is more legendary and game-changing than any sales figure or chart performance would ever suggest.  When you pair up the best sounds of the 80s and early 90s courtesy of a stellar production team with some impermeable songwriting, put all of that through the Carly Rae Jepsen hit-machine, and you’re bound to have a future classic on your hands.  While I would love to gush about E•MO•TION, we’re here to talk about her quite sold out Metro show.  But this lot had to be said because in all honesty, Carly could’ve sat on a milk crate and beatboxed her nearly 20 song set and I still would be giving the show a perfect rating coupled with a glowing review.  Judging by the audience’s reaction, though, the 5/5 rating is quite well deserved.

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Wednesday
Feb172016

TRANSVIOLET @ Metro

Transviolet
Where: Metro
When: February 16th, 2016
Grade: 3.5 out of 5 meatballs
Reviewed and Photographed by: Neil Miller, Jr.

Crappy weather and a late Tuesday night set didn’t make for an ideal evening to head out to a show for a lot of Chicagoans, it seems.  Performing to a room of less than 100 people, NYxLA’s Transviolet had no trouble filling the empty space in the room with their fresh take on the booming electronic pop genre.  Since the general public has only heard a handful of songs from the young group, they loaded up their set with new songs that we’re sure to hear on their forthcoming debut album.  Although the band sounded great and Sarah McTaggart’s vocals were absolutely blissful, I was overcome with one burning question…

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Thursday
Jun112015

Pixies @ Metro

Pixies
Where: Metro
When: June 10th, 2015
Grade: 4 out of 5 meatballs
Reviewed and Photographed by: Neil Miller, Jr.

Well, here’s a band to officially cross off the ol’ bucket list.  It may sound snooty, but I’ve held out on seeing the Pixies all these years in hopes that a night like tonight at a venue like the Metro would happen.  When the band comes to town, you can typically catch them at the Riviera or the Aragon…don’t get me wrong, I appreciate these venues.  But who can deny that seeing the Pixies in a Chicago treasure such as the Metro wouldn’t be the ish?  It certainly was quite a treat, but I knew it would be when I was told in my confirmation for our coverage of this show that “for this show, Pixies will pretty much be playing what they want, when they want, so we won’t have an “official” set list at the end of the night.”  That was no joke as the Pixies unleashed a career-spanning massive set of over 25 songs.  One thing is for sure, no one left the Metro unhappy tonight.

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Wednesday
Apr082015

ELECTRIC WIZARD @ Metro

Electric Wizard
Where: Metro
When: April 7th, 2015
Grade: 4.5 out of 5 meatballs
Reviewed & Photographed by: Neil Miller, Jr.

It's been some time since I’ve been to a quality metal show.  Sure, Marilyn Manson earlier this year was awesome, but I personally don’t consider him to be metal (especially if we’re talking about his new album). So I knew that if I was going to do a live metal show the right way, I would have to go see Electric Wizard at my favorite Chicago venue, the Metro. The results? I made the best decision ever. I’m still putting my melted face back together and my ears are still ringing — when it hurts this good, you know you’ve been to a kickass show. I’ve never been afforded the chance to see Electric Wizard, so this show blew my mind apart. From the opening bass strums of openers Satan’s Satyrs to the closing dissonance of Electric Wizard’s “Funeralopolis,” this show was a relentless torrent of the most evil sounding psychedelic doom metal, and it hardly could’ve been better.

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Monday
Jun022014

Conor Oberst with Dawes @ Metro

Conor Oberst w/Dawes
Where: Metro
When: May 29th, 2014
Grade: 4.5 out of 5 meatballs
Reviewed and Photographed by: Neil Miller, Jr.

Before I inundate you with my ramblings about how transcendent and amazing Conor Oberst is onstage, I have to get my griping out of the way first. Sure, we were all there to see Conor Oberst, the man himself, but, let's be honest, in most of our minds he is still Bright Eyes. Oberst's music now is a bit stylistically different from his time as Bright Eyes, but when half of his set consists of Bright Eyes songs that fit seamlessly in between his newer "solo" material, it's a little confusing. Just call yourself Bright Eyes, Conor. You were always the nucleus of the project, and you're not distancing yourself very far from your older material anyways. Aside from this slight personal pet peeve of mine, Oberst was absolutely magnetic at the Metro this past Thursday evening. Here's why...

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Friday
May232014

Failure @ Metro

Failure
Where: Metro
When: May 23rd, 2014
Grade: 5 out of 5 meatballs
Reviewed and photographed by: Neil Miller, Jr.

Failure should’ve become Nirvana big. When they were last active back in the 90s, many thought that was their fate: to become the biggest alternative rock band on the face of the earth. If you listen to their two albums, Magnified and Fantastic Planet, they sound like larger-than-life rock records. Everything about them screamed "big" — their sound is huge, emphasized by thunderous drums and a massive bass guitar attack, and even better…they have hooks. Failure hardly made wallpaper music that fades into the background; these are songs that stuck with generations of real rock music fanatics and that couldn’t be any more apparent than through the enthusiastic crowd that turned up to see the newly reunited alt-rock heroes at the Metro last night.

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Sunday
May042014

Claudio Simonetti's GOBLIN @ Metro

Claudio Simonetti's Goblin performing Suspiria
Where: Metro
When: May 3rd, 2014
Grade: 4.5 out of 5 meatballs
Reviewed by: Neil Miller, Jr.

Seventies Italian horror films are not for everybody — I’ll be the first to admit that. Not to say that those films are for some elite group of horror film buffs (that would be a snotty observation). But films made by the likes of Dario Argento and Lucio Fulci are suited to the tastes of moviegoers who prefer a bit of drama in their horror…and no, not as in romance but in the way the production of the film is executed. The cuts have to be swift, and the lighting has to be bold and significant. We may not set the bar high for acting (we are talking about horror films here, and these aren’t Oscar-winning masterpieces by any stretch of the imagination), but we do like the score of the film to play a major role in setting the atmosphere. Enter Goblin: the Italian progressive rock-ish band who scored such underground classics as Deep Red, Tenebre, the European release of George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead, and the masterpiece we viewed at the Metro this past Saturday evening with Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin live scoring, Suspiria.

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Monday
Dec092013

Poliça @ Metro

Poliça
Where: Metro
When: December 5th, 2013
Grade: 4 out of 5 meatballs
Reviewed by: Neil Miller, Jr.

Walking into the Metro shortly before opener Lizzo’s set this past Thursday night, it didn’t seem as if Poliça’s show would make for a big draw on this particular evening. As the night progressed, the legendary Chicago venue attracted a crowd that seemed to grow with every passing minute. After an impassioned set from Minneapolis MC Lizzo and her well known producer, Doomtree’s Lazerbeak, the room was becoming filled with people excited to see Poliça’s immersive live show. Descending upon Chicago fresh off the heels of a performance on Later…With Jools Holland, which featured a few tracks from their fantastic sophomore record, Shulamith, the Minneapolis group reeled in a massive audience and made each one of us feel as if we were in the front row.

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Wednesday
Oct092013

WHITE LIES @ Metro

White Lies
Where: Metro
When: October 7th, 2013
Grade: 1 out of 5 meatballs
Reviewed and Photographed by: Neil Miller, Jr.

You can’t win them all. I’ve always said that the Metro’s stage could bring out the best in bands that might not be meant for a live environment. There’s something magical about the venue and its rich history that makes for the most spectacular and memorable shows one could ever experience in Chicago. Such was not the case with White Lies this past Monday night. Their latest album, Big TV, is a vast improvement from the lackluster Ritual and is a step forward in the right direction from their debut, To Lose My Life. Instead of being content with finding themselves lumped in with the loads of other "post-punk" British rock bands we hear about in NME and the like, they put together an album that really helped them find their own voice. Sadly, the atmosphere they conjure up on the record didn’t translate onstage, and the band seemed to really just be going through the motions.

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Monday
Sep162013

ICONA POP @ Metro

ICONA POP
Where: Metro
When: September 12th, 2013
Grade: 4.5 out of 5 meatballs
Reviewed and Photographed by: Neil Miller, Jr.

Once in a blue moon, a live show happens that reminds me why I made the decision to pursue writing about music over a decade ago. As a music fan, I love every genre equally and don’t cater to any one style — but damn, do I love pop music. It feels good; it’s catchy and sticks to your brain like bubble gum. But when it’s the Icona Pop girls in question, it’s also as much of an artistic expression as anything you’d hear from your favorite left field indie artists, and it’s for that reason that this dynamic Swedish duo are worlds apart from any of their pop contemporaries. They didn’t have a DJ onstage with them playing backing tracks and there was no lip-syncing to be found here. This was just as much a performance as witnessing a full band onstage. Although they didn’t play to a packed house at the Metro, there wasn’t one head in the house that wasn’t bobbing to their infectious beats and not one ass left unshaken to their rabble-rousing bass lines.

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