Counting Crows pack Chicago’s Riviera Theatre to capacity

Counting Crows
Riviera Theatre – Chicago, IL

It’s hard to believe that the Counting Crows are approaching two decades since the 1993 debut release of their acclaimed “August and Everything After.” They are presently touring in support of their 2012 album of cover songs, “Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did on Our Summer Vacation).” The Sunday evening show at Chicago’s sold-out Riviera Theatre represented a solid mix between re-worked covers and Counting Crows classics.

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Sullivan Street
Untitled (Love Song) (The Romany Rye cover)
I Wish I Was a Girl
St. Robinson in His Cadillac Dream
Hospital (Coby Brown cover)
Black and Blue
Mrs. Potter’s Lullaby
Start Again (Teenage Fanclub cover)
Recovering the Satellites
A Long December
Like Teenage Gravity (Kasey Anderson cover)
Mr. Jones
Return of the Grievous Angel (Gram Parsons cover)
You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere (Bob Dylan cover)
Rain King
Holiday in Spain

Hot Chip: Standing Room Only With This British Band

Hot Chip
Riviera Theatre – Chicago, IL
April 19, 2010

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Fresh off the Coachella bill and ready for their five-stop U.S. tour, English electro-synthpop band Hot Chip started the night off with a standing ovation before the blokes could even manage to crank out their first note. The sextet’s fourth album, One Life Stand, was just released at the start of this past February. The fans who packed the sold out gig at Chicago’s historic Riviera Theatre were finally getting their chance to witness Hot Chip in all their electronic pop glory. The band’s newly released record was fully represented alongside many of Hot Chip’s biggest hits from previous albums The Warning and Made In The Dark. Hot Chip gave Chicago a spectacular performance. But then, what else would you expect from these overseas musicians?

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Sherwood – The Riviera Theatre – Chicago

The Riviera Theatre – Chicago
Saturday, November 24, 2008

I do not know any of this band’s songs. I am not going to lie about that. But I am wondering why I do not know them because they are DAMN GOOD CATCHY SONGS with GREAT HOOKS. I am serious: their songs are more radio-friendly than anything I have heard recently. Even more so than the concert’s headliner’s (The Academy Is…) own songs if you ask me… I really enjoyed their entire set, which is rare with me and an opening act that I did not specifically come to see at a show.

They won me over last night. I am now a fan of Sherwood. I saw them for the first time last spring at the House of Blues when they opened for Reliant K. There were two back-to-back shows and I attended the first one. I actually vaguely remember liking the band’s music when I heard them that time in May of this year. I would gladly go see them again if they come back to Chicago for a headlining show, which they said they are going to do in the spring! My friend was at the Metro for the Circa Survive show last night, but she even told me that she wishes she would have gone to this show instead to see Sherwood. She LOVES them.

The one thing that irked me about this band’s live show though, is the keyboardist and his unnecessary funky dancing. It is just uncalled for. He distracts you from the music because he is always doing the stupidest, weirdest movements and “trying” to dance. But he just looks like an idiot and makes a fool of himself. I hope other fans do not judge the rest of the band members and think they are weirdos too. I do not want him to give the band a bad name or reputation because he is whacked out. They would be just as good, if not better, if he just stood there and played his instruments.