Sunday, October 02, 2005
local bands that didn't come across as amateur night
it's hard to be in a new city (well, it's been a year, but with my travel schedule i think it's still fair to say that i am new here) and know where the kool kids go, what local bands are worth checking out, and if there is indeed a scene beyond the obvious, downtown, bridges-and-tunnels-inhabiting, bad dance club and overpriced cheese bars downtown and near my place. thankfully, i have a nice older brother and he has friends in awesome bands, so i went to subterranean friday night for a hurricane katrina benefit show - $10 for four local bands. one guy, cameron mcgill, was really great - just him, his guitar, a harmonica, and the ability to channel a certain bob dylan and ryan adams vibe without coming across as annoying or delusional. plus he was pretty. tb's friend todd is the drummer for moxie motive, and they deserve to actually have a following - they've got their rock star kicks down and sound really great - two guitars, good singer, girl violinist. i couldn't really decipher lyrics but tb said that they are what you'd want to listen to the night that you found out that your daughter had an abortion (genre: songs to slit your wrists to). the other two bands, life at sea and tenki, were good too. i like that chicago gets better every month i'm here. they say that it takes a year to really feel home in a new city, and i think i'm getting there.