Last year, I got asked to help with a unique project — an underground, live concert streaming service. They would book local bands, and live broadcast on YouTube and Facebook on Sunday nights. uNreaLconcerts was an idea who’s time had come — what better way to enjoy some live music, than from your own home […]
“Owen,” I hear you say, “music reviews and recommendations are great and all. But what about your ukulele?!” Which one? 😜 Just kidding – I’m glad you asked! I’ve been working hard this year on perfecting my ukulele skills, and have a few things to share! First, I enjoy playing cover songs mostly (all the […]
Plucky Rosenthal, a local Chicago performer known for her distinct vaudeville style, does it again with her “Songs to Caftan In” set! Composed of humorous songs, she takes us on a journey of relaxation and enjoyment, via telling us stories of her life with the guitar, ukulele (my favorite!), and her Casiotone. She just finished […]
If you’re a fan of the 80’s, you can’t miss this album. A soft synth sound, with smart and beautiful female vocals. Modern love is a great first track, Summer Long Gone is great for this time of year as we move into fall, and The Deepest Blue has that common minor triad arpeggiated walkdown […]
Pop: The new Death Cab for Cutie EP “The Blue EP” is solid! I absolutely adore “To The Ground” – the first song on the EP. Ben Gibbard’s style these past few years is highly evolved! The last song, shown here, “Blue Bloods”, made it’s way on to our Accidental Death of a Black Motorist […]
It’s official! I am stage managing for The Conspirators’ Accidental Death of a Black Motorist, a timely yet tongue-in-cheek adaption of Dario Fo’s Accidental Death of an Anarchist. You can get tickets from The Conspirators’ website directly.
Hello friends! I’ve added a new page, my Ukulele songbook. You can download it from the Uke Songbook page on my main menu. It is a work in progress — wrangling up 500+ pages of searchable, high-quality tabs is not easy! Stay in-tuned!
The past five years or so, I’ve been listening to a lot of synthwave. There’s an entire ‘retro wave’ movement of new music which is stylistically 1980s, with hundreds of artists. For some reason, I had a dream that I was listening to Anamanaguchi last night… so I thought I’d share it with you. It’s […]
It feels like it’s been “10,000 days” since the last Tool album, but it’s been (only) 13 years. Each track on this album is 10 minutes long! (except for the “3 bonus tracks”, scattered between songs, which are apparently not on the physical CD. Maybe this is why Maynard finally decided to go the digital […]
You know all the songs which made Pearl Jam a quintessential icon of the 90’s? Yeah, they’re all right here! If you know me, you probably know I’m not a huge fan of the radio hits (like “Alive”, “Black”, and “Jeremy”). But the more rowdy songs (such as “Once”, “Porch”, and yes, even “Even Flow”) […]