SASAMI at Sleeping Village

January 7, 2020

SASAMI at Sleeping Village on July 20, 2019. ...

The National at Revival Food Hall in the National Building

December 17, 2019

The National at Revival Food Hall inside of the National Building on June 28, 2019. ...

MoneyBall: A Benefit for Free Write Arts & Literacy

December 15, 2019

Roy Kinsey performing for Free Write Arts & Literacy's MoneyBall at Chicago Art Department on June 22, 2019. E'mon Lauren performing for Free Write Arts & Literacy's MoneyBall at Chicago Art Department on June 22, 2019. ...

Wye Oak and Julien Baker at House of Vans

December 15, 2019

Wye Oak at House of Vans on June 19, 2019. ...

Radio Shaq and Tart at The Burlington

December 14, 2019

Radio Shaq at The Burlington on June 17, 2019. Radio Shaq at The Burlington on June 17, 2019. Radio Shaq at The Burlington on June 17, 2019. Tart at The Burlington on June 17, 2019. Tart at The Burlington on June 17, 2019. ...

Little Simz at Lincoln Hall

December 12, 2019

Little Simz at Lincoln Hall on June 11, 2019. ...

Soultree EP Release at HVAC Pub

December 12, 2019

Soultree at HVAC Pub on May 30, 2019. Soultree at HVAC Pub on May 30, 2019. Soultree at HVAC Pub on May 30, 2019. ...

Protomartyr with Melkbelly at Logan Square Auditorium

December 12, 2019

Protomartyr at Logan Square Auditorium on May 16, 2019. ...

Lou Tides at the Empty Bottle

November 12, 2019

Lou Tides at the Empty Bottle on May 15, 2019. ...

TR/ST at Lincoln Hall

November 4, 2019

TR/ST at Lincoln Hall on May 10, 2019. ...

My Brightest Diamond with Tunde Olaniran at Lincoln Hall

October 2, 2019

Tunde Olaniran at Lincoln Hall on May 9, 2019. My Brightest Diamond at Lincoln Hall on May 9, 2019. ...

Iceage at Lincoln Hall

October 1, 2019

Iceage at Lincoln Hall on May 7, 2019. ...

MorMor with Duendita at Sleeping Village

October 1, 2019

MorMor at Sleeping Village on April 26, 2019. Duendita at Sleeping Village on April 26, 2019. ...

SuperKnova and Bethany Thomas at Comfort Station

June 23, 2019

SuperKnova at Comfort Station on April 25, 2019. ...

SASAMI with Sen Morimoto at Schubas Tavern

June 16, 2019

SASAMI at Schubas Tavern on April 23, 2019. ...

Aldous Harding at the Empty Bottle

May 21, 2019

Aldous Harding at the Empty Bottle on April 14, 2019. Setlist:DesignerZoo EyesTreasureThe BarrelDamnWeight of the PlanetsHeaven Is EmptyPilotBlendOld Peel (Encore - unreleased song)...

Mitski with Jay Som at The Sylvee

May 15, 2019

Mitski at The Sylvee on April 3, 2019. ...

Haley Heynderickx at the Hungry Brain

May 8, 2019

Tenderness is the first word that comes to mind when I think of the music of Haley Heynderickx. With delicate melodies and an intricate finger picking style, Haley falls in the tradition of folk singer-songwriters. Her show at the Hungry Brain was an intimate solo set, just her and her guitar. Soft-spoken and unassuming, listening to Haley perform her music is like having a conversation with a dear old friend. Haley Heynderickx at the Hungry Brain on March 30, 2019 ...

Teen with Akenya at the Hideout

April 27, 2019

TEEN at the Hideout on March 27, 2019. ...

La Luz at Sleeping Village

April 11, 2019

La Luz at Sleeping Village on March 22, 2019. ...

Molly Nilsson at the Empty Bottle

April 8, 2019

Molly Nilsson at the Empty Bottle on March 20, 2019 ...

Dont Be Scurred X The Backyard Series

March 31, 2019

Get yourself a couple of hype people like Ano Banks and Zoe Nyman. Something that’s been on my mind constantly, especially in the last couple years, is the idea of community and the ways in which we lift each other up. Zoe, Ano, and the Backyard Series are doing some lovely things to provide space for artists, writers, and musicians to share their work and to be heard. From February 22, 2019 to March 2, 2019, the Hairpin Arts Center in Logan Square hosted “Don’t Be Scurred: Pathways to Liberation”, an exhibition of Afro-futurist exploration....

The Suffers at Lincoln Hall

March 26, 2019

Do you want a sandwich? The ethos of The Suffers is summed up in this question. While fundamentally this is a question of satiating a physical hunger, The Suffers are a band that asks this question knowing it is a question of a deeper kind of nourishment and care. In their live performances, the band exudes this energy of love and consideration that radiates out to the audience. I was lucky enough to be at their show at Lincoln Hall on February 16, 2019 with a few people who I love dearly....

Boy Harsher at the Empty Bottle

March 25, 2019

Boy Harsher at the Empty Bottle on February 10, 2019. ...

Anika at the Empty Bottle

March 20, 2019

On January 22, 2019, I saw the British-German musician Anika perform at the Empty Bottle. Under the moniker Anika, Annika Henderson hasn’t produced any new music since 2010, and yet she can still fill a room in the middle of a Chicago winter on a cold and damp Tuesday night. Anika’s self-titled album from 2010 is comprised mostly of cover songs. Covering a song is a precarious thing. Unless you can breathe new life into a song, it’s cover is often superfluous at best, or intolerable to listen to at worst....

Photos From the Philippines

February 13, 2019

I couldn’t quite figure out how I wanted to share some of my favorite photos that I took while I was in the Philippines, and I’m also trying to figure out how to write a hugo shortcode so that I can include responsive slideshows within a post. So for now, here is a separate post with some of the images from my trip that I love the most. My cousin and her daughters at the front of a bangka boat....

Origins (A Visit to the Philippines)

February 13, 2019

View from the rooftop of Cortess Printing, Davao City, Philippines. The pink building on the right is the high school my mom attended. ...

Some Notes on Building a Website

January 30, 2019

Building a website is something I’ve thought about doing for a long time. Increasingly, a personal website seems like a useful thing to have, especially if you do things in creative spaces. I’ve had this domain name for a couple of years now, but didn’t do anything with it. Part of the reason for dragging my feet in developing a website is that I wasn’t really sure what I wanted it to be or what I wanted out of it....

Hi. I'm Nicole.

January 29, 2019

I also go by Nikki. Currently based in Chicago, I dabble in music and art. The purpose of this website is to thoughtfully document the things I make, do, see, and hear. This website’s domain name comes from the combination of the acryonym for “No Big Deal” and the initials of my name “N. T. G.” As is, the world we live in is very stressful and anxiety-inducing, but as someone who easily falls into their own head, and often mulls over all of the “what if’s” on both a micro and macro level, I’m particularly predisposed to worry....