photos by Ben Rodig
Willis Earl Beal @ Cole's Bar on 2/21/2012
On Tuesday night (February 21), we hosted a 7" release show for Chicago phenomenon Willis Earl Beal at Cole's Bar in Logan Square. The focus of the night, his "Evening's Kiss" b/w "The Later Parade", hit stores yesterday via XL Recordings imprint Hot Charity.
Looking back on his Tomorrow Never Knows 2012 performance at Schubas, this time around Beal played less guitar and utilized more of that gorgeous reel-to-reel player, pouring every ounce of passion into his vocal delivery. One concertgoer said, "Backed only by a reel-to-reel player, Willis Earl Beal delivered more in 25 minutes on Tuesday night than most arena rockers can in 2.5 hours." We agree.
The night kicked off with a fantastic opening set from experimental musicians Pillars and Tongues, who are currently at work on a new album. Paired with Willis' anti-folk and soul, their lush, drone-y stylings made for quite a varied show.
Did you make it out to Cole's? What did you think?
A full set of pictures from the show and a brand new animated video for "Evening's Kiss," below..
Pillars and Tongues
Willis Earl Beal
Willis Earl Beal - "Evening's Kiss"