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Jack Garratt w/Kacy Hill @ Lincoln Hall

Jack Garratt w/Kacy Hill
Where: Lincoln Hall
When: March 6th, 2016
Grade: 5 out of 5 meatballs
Reviewed and Photographed by: Neil Miller, Jr.

It’s ironic that soon-to-be-superstar Jack Garratt would cover a Justin Timberlake cut during his sold out Chicago date at Lincoln Hall.  Not just because he has a voice that rivals JT in the best of ways, but mostly because if anyone in this day and age can lay claim to the Throne of Prince, my money would be on Garratt before anyone else.  Sure, Timberlake has that voice, the moves, and the attitude – but Garratt runs the show in the artistry department.  Throughout his 10 song set, Jack performed quite literally everything we heard.  The kick drum to his beats are triggered by a foot pedal he stomps the life out of, the remainder of the percussive elements are played with one hand while the other hand is either playing the melodies on a synth or recording a guitar loop – even regurgitating this now is making my head spin.  Watching Jack perform is quite certainly a mesmerizing experience on many levels and here’s why…

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HEALTH @ Lincoln Hall

HEALTH w/Pictureplane
Where: Lincoln Hall
When: November 28th, 2015
Grade: 4 out of 5 meatballs
Reviewed by: Neil Miller, Jr.

I’ve always had a passing interest in HEALTH – their music is polarizing to say the least.  Either you can appreciate the organized noise and the slightly comforting abrasive electronics they inject into their music, or you just consider it to be hot garbage.  For those in the latter category, now may be the time for you to rediscover the LA band.  Their new album, Death Magic, is the reason I made it a point to check out the guys at Lincoln Hall.  It’s far removed from their previous work, sounding more like a band who would sound at home on labels like Digital Hardcore or even Wax Trax!.  There are hooks, the production is clean as a whistle, and although there are still blasts of noise a la the old days, the record is largely based on electronic sounds rather than organic instruments (although Benjamin Jared Miller’s drums are still quite prevalent).  I just bought the album the day before the show and decided that I had to hear how this all translated onstage and thankfully, the results were scintillating.

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Heartless Bastards @ Lincoln Hall

Heartless Bastards
Where: Lincoln Hall
When: February 14th, 2012
Grade: 4 out of 5 meatballs
Photographed by: Danielle Sanders
Reviewed by: Lindsey Shaw

A fan before the show describes the band as “soulful” and a “throw back to the 80s.” He assured me they have a “real deal sound that many don’t have because other bands are just trying to make money.” While I declined his offer to buy me a drink, I fully appreciated the preface. Peering through the balcony railings in an attempt to get a full shot of the ensemble, I see four members in a row giving a slow, somber opening. Lead vocalist and guitarist Erika Wennerstrom is deep and direct in her musical ability, and the song has a trajectory starting from a powerful pit in her gut to flow into a steam train through her throat and onto the crowd. They opened with the song “Marathon” and instantly piqued everyone’s Valentine’s Day interest.

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tUnE-yArDs @ Lincoln Hall

Where: Lincoln Hall
When: May 10th, 2011
Grade: 5 out of 5 meatballs
Reviewed by: Bri LaPelusa

"Whoa," is all I can say about tUnE-YarDs’ recent powerhouse performance at Lincoln Hall.  Well alright, I guess I can say a bit more…

The moment Merrill Garbis stepped onstage, dressed in tribal face paint, a body-length necklace made of yarn, and big, brightly colored tulle sleeves, she demanded undivided attention.  The audience collectively fixed their anticipatory gaze on the singer as she shyly tuned her miniature guitar and warmed up her voice. Apparently recognizing the attention she’d garnered, Garbis apologized for her understated entrance by saying, “I feel like coming out in an outfit like this, I should immediately start [performing], but here I am…tuning.”  Nonetheless, the command of her voice resonated against a booming drum loop the instant she opened her mouth — sending a musical introduction nothing short of spectacular, permeating the venue and building.

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The Black Angels @ Lincoln Hall

The Black Angels
Where: Lincoln Hall
When: April 18th, 2011
Reviewed By: Bri LaPelusa

I experienced a momentary epiphany while immersed in the psychedelic experience that was The Black Angels at Lincoln Hall this Monday.  The sold out show announced itself by an abrupt shift to total darkness and an outpour of the Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations” through the PA. A projection of the band's name bounced over a hallucinatory backdrop like a Microsoft screensaver until the feel-good vibes were blown apart by the first deep strum of minor chords from “Bad Vibrations,” the opener on their newest record, Phosphene Dream

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