Review: Tor Miller Shines at Late-Night Schubas

Tor Miller - Photo by Tom Griffiths Tor Miller is relatively new to the scene. The Brooklyn native became interested in music when a long ride to school every day (two hours, you guys) introduced him to '70s greats like Elton and Bowie. This interest brought him to NYU's music school, which then brought him to Daniel Glass. You know, the producer who worked with Mumford & Sons. Now, it's been three years since his debut EP, and this year, Miller released his first full-length album Surviving The Suburbs. The album indeed grapples with what it's billed: growing up, discovering who you are, falling for a friend, all of the typical adolescent pitfalls and moments of growth. And in a live setting, Miller amplified these stories for a packed Schubas. Miller played the title track and moved through the new album, energy levels high. "Friends With You" became a standout, both in the caliber of his voice blended with stellar backing harmonies and piano interludes. The set ran nearly an hour, and the songs sounded pristine. This 28-year-old is going anywhere and everywhere in the world of feel-good pop music, and he proved it during his late-night set.
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Sarah Brooks

Sarah Brooks is a native Chicagoan with a penchant for words, music, art and this magnificent city of Chicago. Raised on The Beatles and learning the violin at age 9, Sarah’s passion for music began early in life. Her musical obsessions include Wilco, Otis Redding, Neko Case and Real Estate, but they truly change daily. She can be found at a concert, trying a new restaurant, or running along the lakefront path.