Emily Wells and Dark Dark Dark: Chicken Soup for a Lonely Soul

Emily Wells and Dark Dark Dark are two of the most impressive live acts I’ve seen in ages; last Friday’s show at The Knitting Factory has been playing over and over in my head.

Emily opened and took everyone, myself included, by surprise with her live-looping one-woman band consisting of haunting yet hypnotic vocals, violin, drums and at least one, if not more, instrument added for good measure.


At some point in the show, I couldn’t help but feel slightly self-conscious about my inability to stop staring at her. I really just couldn’t wait to see what she would do next. If you ever have the opportunity to see her perform live, run to get the tickets. Do not walk. Check out some of the audio I caught from Friday’s show:

Emily Wells at Knitting Factory

Download: Emily Wells live at The Knitting Factory

When Dark Dark Dark took the stage there was a friendly college kid standing next to me who had never heard their music before. I was trying to describe their sound but anything I could have possibly said wouldn’t have been able to portray it accurately.

Dark Dark Dark at Knitting Factory

I didn’t need my new acquaintance to tell me how he was enjoying the show. When I turned my head to catch a glimpse of his face, his eyes were wide, his mouth was half-open and his hand was clutching his other hand next to his chest. When he caught me looking at him, he just smiled and immediately asked for more suggestions. So, I hope he’s reading this and remembers to check out Wye Oak, Lia Ices and Holly Miranda.

In case you’re wondering, this is the song currently breaking my heart on repeat:

Dark Dark Dark – Who Needs Who

Emily Wells – Mama

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Nick Waterhouse Concerts Look Like A Party Times Ten

Admittedly, I don’t know much about Nick Waterhouse – but if this concert footage is any indication, he sure knows how to put on a great show. I am digging the swinging drums and saxophone with some R&B-like crooning. Here he sings the title track from his upcoming debut LP, Time’s All Gone, which drops May 1st.

His tour isn’t hitting Chicago any time soon but if you live outside of the Windy City, perhaps you can catch him here:

4/13 Pioneertown, CA – Pappy & Harriets

4/28 Arcata, CA-The Depot – Humboldt College

4/29 – Santa Barbara, CA – Soho

5/4 Costa Mesa, CA-Newport Nautical Museum

5/10 Los Angeles, CA-Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock

5/17 Washington, DC-6th and I Synagogue – Downstairs

5/18 Philadelphia, PA-The Tin Angel

5/19 New York, NY-The Mercury Lounge

5/20 New York, NY-TBC

5/28 Portland OR-Holocene

5/29 Seattle, WA-Barboza

6/6 San Francisco, CA-Verdi Club

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Dark, Sultry and Danceable: Anxiety in an MP3

There is something to be said about a song that can at once be dark and foreboding while also seductive. The single, “Pretend“, from electronic artist Emika gets an orchestral revamping of epic proportions by The Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble.

The original tune is, if you can imagine, even darker – and almost a bit industrial. Both versions give me “the good kind” of anxiety. Grab a free download of the new version here. Check out the original here: 


BBFE’s album, Mr. Machine, comes out in the US on October 25th and they’re tour hits Chicago that very same night at one of my favorite venues, The Empty Bottle, where tickets are cheap, bands are incredible and there is a photobooth.
The Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble