Author Archives: Sheryl Witlen

Live in Chicago, Day 3: David Vandervelde

photos by Jeremy Farmer review and interview by Sheryl Witlen Once in a while a singer enters a room and is so fiercely talented in his lyrical ability and charismatic, at ease and with such a field force of surrounding energy that you can literally hear the shock and awe creep over the audience. These momentsRead more...

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Live in Chicago, Day 2: Bottomless Pit and the Kadane Brothers

photos by Jeremy Farmer review by Sheryl Witlen Bottomless Pit are a band with deep roots and love within the fair city of Chicago. Two former members of the band Silkworm, (who had played together from 1987-2005) have picked up the pieces and started to heal through their music and live performances. After the tragicRead more...

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Live in Chicago, Day 2: The Watson Twins

photos by Jeremy Farmer review and interview by Sheryl Witlen Black Swans. That was the band name Chandra and Leigh Watson chose for themselves before changing their minds and simply calling their outfit, The Watson Twins. Striking at six feet tall with black shoulder length hair these identical twins harmonize into a singular haunting melody.Read more...

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Live in Chicago, Day 2: T-Model Ford and Gravelroad

photos by Jeremy Farmer review by Sheryl Witlen There is something to be said about spirit.  James Lewis Carter Ford, aka T Model Ford is a southern gentleman who has enough tales and more salt than most of the young musicians currently on the scene and he is 86 years young. Born in the town of ForrestRead more...

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Live in Chicago, Day 2: Pretty Good Dance Moves

photos by Jeremy Farmer review and interview by Sheryl Witlen It is easy to see why Chicago loves Pretty Good Dance Moves. The threesome recently won a place among the Top 10 on FameCast, an online artist discovery site that tallies votes from its viewers, allowing them to voice their affection for their favorite performancesRead more...

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Live in Chicago, Day 1: The Chamber Strings

photos by Jeremy Farmer review by Sheryl Witlen The Chamber Strings have been through it all -- or shall we say vocalist, songwriter, guitarist, producer Kevin Junior has been through it all. Divorce, depression, addiction, and, nearly, death. Most writers draw upon one of these experiences and filter it through their art leaving a path ofRead more...

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Live in Chicago, Day 1: Au

    photos by Jeremy Farmer Au is what you encounter when you step into the mind of Luke Wyland. An art student of Massachusetts College of Art he headed out for Portland, Oregon in 2005 and the rest is history. Wyland has soaked up the ambiance, mystique and dark romance of the Northwest, inRead more...

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Live in Chicago, Day 1: Sleep Out

photos by Jeremy Farmer Having just released their sophomore album, Not Even Dust over a week ago, the members of Chicago’s Sleep Out give credit to an unusual muse: Chicago’s Graceland Cemetery, a park-like site that was designated a city landmark in 1971 and the inspiration for what Jim DeRogatis of the Chicago Sun-Times has called “one of the strongest indie-popRead more...

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