Feature: Nik Havert And The Day Job

The Police Aren’t the Military, but Many Want Us to Be             As the events in Ferguson, Missouri unfolded, many wondered why police departments needed Humvees, assault rifles, and military grade helmets, masks, and armor.  I was asked by the editor-in-chief  here at Outlaw to write an opinion piece on this since I have been…

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Album Review: The Delta Saints

The Delta Saints Live at Exit / In Formed in 2007, the Delta Saints (Ben Ringel – vocals / resonator guitar, Dylan Fitch – lead guitar, David Supica – bass, Ben Azzi – drums, Nate Kremer – organ) have built a rabid fan base with their mix of blues, swamp rock, punk swagger, and music…

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Album Review: Holy Wave

Holy Wave       Relax             You won’t have any trouble doing what the psychedelic five-piece known as Holy Wave asks you to do in the title of their new album, Relax.  The whole album is a groovy psychedelic bliss trip. “Do You Feel It,” the first track on the album, floats along like something you’d…

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Album Review: Eagulls

Eagulls self-titled             Just so you know, Eagulls destroy any comparisons to The Eagles right out of the gate.  Don’t even think of claiming this British punk band is ripping off the California classic rock band.  Eagulls (Mark Goldsworthy – guitar, Henry Ruddel – drums, Liam Matthews – guitar, Tom Kelly – bass, George Mitchell…

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LIVE: Dum Dum Girls, Ex Hex, Speedy Ortiz

Dum Dum Girls, Ex Hex, Speedy Ortiz – Chicago’s Bottom Lounge   This show was billed as an after-party for Chicago’s annual Pitchfork Music Festival.  Pitchfork is held at Union Park, which is a stone’s throw from the Bottom Lounge (a great place to watch a Blackhawks game, get some chow, and see some live…

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Album Review: Drenge

 Drenge Self-titled   Brothers Eoin and Rory Loveless are the sole members of Drenge, Eoin on guitar and vocals and Rory on drums.  They don’t need anyone else.  They blast out sweaty blues-infected rock like a band with at least three times as many members. Their self-titled debut promises a lot of good stuff to…

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