"A dreamy, becalming LP." -- Jack Rabid, Big Takeover #69 (Fall 2011)
"I'm always excited when I get a package from this Chicago-based artist." -- Whitney Matheson, Pop Candy/USA Today
"Best Chicago Music of 2011 ..." -- Pete Zimmerman, Huffington Post
"Comerford show[s] off the breadth of his skill and ambition as a songwriter." -- Jessica Hopper, Chicago Tribune
"Songs that convince you of rock's enduring power and elegance." -- Peter Margasak, Post No Bills/Chicago Reader
"Beautiful, sad, moving, and genuine." -- A.C. Hawley, Little Village
"A true original, some of the best and most timeless songwriting I have ever heard." -- Reckless Records
"Thomas Comerford is one of Chicago’s best (albeit unsung) song writers, his 2011 Archive + Spiral release has a permanent place in my headphone's 'heavy rotation file' ..." -- Casey Meehan, Chicago Mixtape/Choose Chicago
"His folk sounds stand out with their accent of a gritty country twang." -- Art Voice Buffalo
"[The album] warrants kicking back in a favorite chair, eyes closed, and letting the music roll through memory and imagination." -- York Dispatch
Interviews with Thomas Comerford on Archive + Spiral:
"[Kaspar Hauser] plays crunchy, jagged and rough-edged rootsy rock, alternately recalling Buffalo Springfield/Neil Young, Will Oldham, Wilco, and early R.E.M. ... while Comerford sings with a distinguishing, Jeff-Tweedy-like twang. Despite the despondent lyrical content and occasional raucousness, the album also has a down-home, heartfelt quality that makes an impact." --Mark Suppanz, Big Takeover #64
"Comerford and his current bandmates place their faith in the kind of rock-solid attack that relies on an intimate and innate rapport between band members ... Considering how often Kaspar Hauser’s lineup has changed over the years, the accomplishment is all the more impressive. The twin guitars burn and surge, moving precisely within the lean grooves." --Peter Margasak, Post No Bills/Chicago Reader
"Despite the life-altering events that spurned it, 'The Sons,' recorded over the course of a year in a basement studio in Logan Square, remains joyously unvarnished. Songs such as "Mark of Cain" and "Macbeth II (In the Morning)" are loaded with ragged blues riffs and drummer Steve Kiraly's loose-limbed kit-work." --Andy Downing, Chicago Tribune
"'The Sons' is a testament to the concept of long-players — records you listen to from end to end, soaking in each and every note, coda and phrase." --Matthew R. Perrine, Duluth Budgeteer News
"Comerford ... sings in a nasal tenor that reminds me of Bill Callahan (the artist formerly known as Smog), ripping through shambling, melodic rock tunes with a bored swagger. There’s a definite shot of the Rolling Stones here ... but Kaspar Hauser doesn’t seem particularly concerned with using classic rock ‘n’ roll riffery; the guitars sputter and clamber more than they groove ... ultimately Comerford’s writing and the way he comfortably wears the skin of these warmly familiar songs is what puts the band over. Even when the songs seem like they’re about to fall apart, his singing threads them back together." -Peter Margasak, Post No Bills/Chicago Reader
"Their latest, the self-issued Quixotic/Taxidermy, is quite nice -- a loose homage to the Stones grafted to workaday Midwestern indie rock ... Fans of Jeff Tweedy's pre-Wilco works would do well to check them out." -Jessica Hopper, This Week in Live Music/Chicago Tribune
"When I saw the words Kasper Hauser ... I immediately thought of Werner Herzog and decided to give it a go. And it was surprisingly good. I recommend checking it out if you dig on some Rolling Stones or Kinks tunes." -Michael, 15 Minutes to Live
" ... Comerford lends his warm crooning to guitar-driven rockers such as 'King Pop,' 'Glass Case Full Of Dead, Stuffed Birds,' and 'Without A Word,' at times evoking Sebadoh, Lou Reed, and even The Meat Puppets." -Jason Scales, Illinois Entertainer
2/18/17 - Dinner set at the Honky Tonk BBQ, 1800 S Racine, 730pm, Free! The band and I will take the stage to play 2 sets of originals and covers.
2/25/17 - MPShows Presents ... The New Constitution + Forgotten Species + The Bon Motts + Thomas Comerford, SubTerranean, 2011 W North Ave, 8pm, 18+, $10. The band and I open for The New Constitution reunion show.
3/4/17 - Eleanore and the Timekeeper Screening, The Nightingale, 1084 N Milwaukee Ave, 7pm, All Ages, $7 - $10 Suggested Donation. I will open up this screening and fundraiser as a duo with Beth Yates. Eleanore and the Timekeeper is an excellent documentary by Chicago filmmaker Daniéle Wilmouth. All proceeds benefit Arts of Life, a Chicago based organization serving disabled artists by providing studios, classes and opportunities for growth.
3/30/17 - Letherbee Presents: Thomas Comerford + Glass Mountain, LetherB+B, 3660 W Wrightwood Ave, 8pm, 21+, $20. This small private show will feature (mostly) acoustic sets by the amazing Glass Mountain (opening) and myself as a trio with Beth Yates and Tom McGettrick. Advance ticket purchase required -- admission includes all-you-can-drink Letherbee coctails! Advance Tix Here
For the Families and Friends Matinee Series which I book and host at Township, 2200 N California, all ages, FREE:
1/29/17 - Bethany Thomas + Julie Meckler, noon
2/26/17 - Andy Matzdorf & Mike Conroy of Getouts + Big Sadie, noon
3/26/17 - Bobby, Holly and the Ricketts + Jessica Risker, noon
4/24/16 - Thomas Comerford + Jon Langford, Township, 2200 N. California, noon, $5 individual/$10 family, all-ages. Help me kick off a new monthly series that I will be hosting at Township -- all ages, family-friendly matinees featuring some of Chicago's finest singers, songwriters and performers. For the debut show of the series, my backing band will accompany me for a whole set of tunes, and local legend Jon Langford will play an acoustic set.
6/4/16 - Thomas Comerford + Brett Harris + Rambos, Township, 2200 N California, 9pm, 21+, $8. Solo band will feature: Kriss Bataille, Matty Cummings and Tom McGettrick plus a special guest. Brett Harris (dBs, Big Star's 3rd) hails from Durham, NC and has been touring the US behind his new LP, 'Up In the Air.' We welcome Chicago's Rambos back to the stage for their first performance in over a year.
7/2/16 - Thomas Comerford + Rebecca Jasso + Angie DeNicholas, Uncommon Ground, 3800 N Clark St, 9pm, 21+, $10. For this show I will perform solo acoustic -- just me, my guitar, my voice and harmonica.
8/4/16 - Thomas Comerford + Lea Tshilds. Pivots Arts Presents Family Night Out at Broadway Armory Park, 5917 N Broadway, All Ages, Free! The band will join me for this outdoor show with singer-songwriter Lea Tshilds opening.
8/26/16 - Terry Nelson's 'Friday Night Showdown,' WLUW, 88.7 FM, 10pm. I will appear on Terry's show to spin some tunes from the new Kaspar Hauser LP and perform a few solo acoustic.
11/12/16 - Dinner set at the Honky Tonk BBQ, 1800 S Racine, 730pm, Free! The band and I will take the stage to play 2 sets of originals and covers.
12/8/16 - Exposure Local Music Showcase: Thomas Comerford + Mint Mile + Advance Base, FitzGerald's Nightclub, 6615 W Roosevelt Rd, Berwyn, IL, 7pm, 21+, $5. The band and I will headline this amazing bill to help close down 2016.
For the Families and Friends Matinee Series which I book and host at Township, 2200 N California, all ages:
5/21/16 - Eiren Caffall + Johnny Roeser and the Junkmen, 1pm.
6/19/16 - Father's Day Show! Featuring Joseph Adamik + Amalea Tshilds, 2pm
7/31/16 - Advance Base + Mike Adams at His Honest Weight, 12pm
8/21/16 - Rent Party + Nathaniel Braddock + Zapruder Point, 130pm
9/18/16 - Thomas Comerford + The Mountainaires, 12pm. I will play a set as a duo with Tommy McGettrick on pedal steel.
10/23/16 - Spectralina (Dan Bitney/Selina Trepp) + Son Monarcas, noon
11/20/16 - Glass Mountain + Girls of the Golden West, noon
12/17/16 - Tselanie Townsend + Wes Hollywood, noon
1/14/15 - Thomas Comerford + Luke Redfield + Dust Bunnies, Salon at Flatiron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee, 3rd Floor, 8pm, All Ages, $5.
2/20/15 - Thomas Comerford + V4MEE + Hot Garbage, The Burlington Bar, 3425 W. Fullerton, 9pm, 21+, $8. I will play with my current backing band: Kriss Bataille, Matty Cummings, Tom McGettrick, John Roeser and Beth Yates.
4/16/15 - CIMM Fest Presents: Liam Hayes + Thomas Comerford + Robbie Skye, The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, 9pm, 21+, $12/$15. I will play with my current backing band: Kriss Bataille, Matty Cummings, Tom McGettrick, John Roeser and Beth Yates.5/20/15 - Thomas Comerford + Rock Falls + Roy Ivy, The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, 9pm, 21+, $8. I will play with my current backing band: Kriss Bataille, Matty Cummings, Tom McGettrick, John Roeser and Beth Yates.
6/12/15 - Homeroom Songwriter Showcase: Rebecca F + Thomas Comerford + Axons + Deadbeat, Elastic Arts, 3429 W. Diversey, 9pm, All-ages, $8. Guitarist Gregg Ostrom will join me for an acoustic retrospective of my tunes.
6/14/15 - Thomas Comerford + Vril Veritas, The Whistler, 2421 N. Milwaukee, 930pm, 21+, FREE! With the band!
8/9/15 - Forgotten Souls of Antiquity + Thomas Comerford + Doug McKean, Stone Mad Pub, 1306 W 65th St, Cleveland, OH, 6pm, All Ages, donation. I will play two sets of songs new and old, solo acoustic and with special guests Chris Allen and Doug McKean sitting in on guitar and harmonica, respectively.
8/23/15 - Bernie Fest 2015: Fundraiser for Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign. The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, 11am-5pm (daytime event); 7-11pm (evening event). $20 per event with all proceeds going to the Bernie Sanders campaign. The band and I will play in the evening. Other acts include: Velcro Lewis Group, Michelles, V4MEE, Al Scorch, Joanna Connor, The Columbines + more TBA.
9/20/15 - Parachute Among Anchors: A Benefit for Eiren Caffall. Metropolis Coffee Roastery, 3057 N. Rockwell, Rear Building, 5pm, All Ages, donation. Featuring performances by Nora O'Connor, The Weepin' Willows, The Golden Horse Ranch Band, and a group featuring myself and a number of friends singing some of Eiren's favorites. Help us support our friend!
9/25/15 - Exposure@FSC #4 Featuring Thomas Comerford, Fulton Street Collective, 1821 W. Hubbard St., 530pm, All Ages, Free! With free food and drink! I will play a short acoustic set and a full set with the band for this happy hour.
11/6/15 - Roommate + Thomas Comerford + Luke Redfield, The Burlington Bar, 3425 W. Fullerton, 9pm, 21+, $8. Strange Weather artists Roommate and my band join forces for this one! Luke Redfield's Chicago tour stop. We will debut some new songs at this show.
12/17/15 - Thomas Comerford + Hartford/Focht, Analogue, 2523 N. Milwaukee Ave, 9pm, 21+, FREE! Come by to hear both bands play free sets in this great bar & restaurant before the holidays take over.
2/15/14 - Thomas Comerford + Eiren Caffall + Hotbreath Tea. Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago. 9pm, 21+, $8. With band (Kriss Bataille, Ed Crouse, Tom McGettrick, Gregg Ostrom and special guest Angela James).
2/22/14 - Chicago Mixtape 3 Year Anniversary Fundraiser. Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave, Chicago. 9pm, 21+, $10. I'll be singing one of my songs backed by members of Quarter Mile Thunder. Also singing and performing on this night are members of Verma, The Hood Internet, Psalm One, Eiren Caffall, Ben Clarke, Robbie Skye, The 1900s, Sabers, Fluffy and many more!
4/4&5/14 - Wall to Wall Recording 10-year Anniversary Party. 676 N. Lasalle, Chicago 7pm, FREE! With band (Kriss Bataille, Ed Crouse, Crystal Hartford, Gregg Ostrom). We'll play SAT of this two night event which also features many local faves: Faders, Robbie Skye, Sabers, Quarter Mile Thunder, Dust Bunnies, Innkeepers and more.
4/10/14 - Dirty Green + Thomas Comerford. Friendly Tap, 6733 W. Roosevelt Rd, Berwyn. 9pm, 21+, FREE! With a 4-piece (Kriss Bataille, Ed Crouse, Tom McGettrick), we'll bring my songs to Berwyn for this edition of Dirty Green's monthly residency.
5/12/14 - Featured Artist at California Clipper Open Mic, 1002 N. California. I'll play some of my new songs and older favorites solo acoustic. 9pm, 21+.
5/30/14 - Pivot Arts Festival Opening Weekend, Senn High School lawn, Thorndale & Greenwood. Thomas Comerford + Angela James. 7pm. FREE! For this outdoor show, I will be backed by a stripped-down version of the band featuring Kriss Bataille, Tom McGettrick and Gregg Ostrom.
6/6/14 - Live on Terry Nelson's "Friday Night Showdown," WLUW, 88.7 FM. Solo acoustic live on the air. 10pm.
6/12/14 - Record Release show for II! Mar Caribe + Thomas Comerford + Angela James. The Burlington Bar, 3425 W. Fullerton, 9pm, 21+, donation. I will play this show backed by my pals Ed Crouse, Jim Duffy, Tom McGettrick and Gregg Ostrom plus we will welcome a number of friends to the stage to help.
7/5/14 - Private backyard acoustic show in Evanston, IL.
7/17/14 - Thomas Comerford + Panoramic & True + Sarah Holtschlag. The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, 9pm, 21+, $8. We will again perform the new record!
8/3/14 - Thomas Comerford + Cheers Elephant + Martin Van Ruin, The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 9pm, 21+, $10
9/12/14 - Hotbreath Tea + Thomas Comerford + Love Raid, The Friendly Tap, Berwyn, IL, 9pm, 21+, donation.
Fall 2014 Tour!
• 9/23/14 - 5 Spot, Nashville, TN
10/24/14 - Thomas Comerford + 'Ed Gray'. Trumpet Blossom Cafe, 310 E Prentiss St, Iowa City, IA, 8pm, All Ages, $?.
11/1/14 - Interzone: A Burroughs Birthday Bash, Chicago Humanities Festival, Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219-21 S. Morgan St., 630pm, All-ages, $10-20. I will play two new original songs, one sung and one instrumental to back writer Mairead Case reading Burroughs. Also on this amazing bill: Jon Langford, Sally Timms, Daniel Knox, Anne Waldman, Sasha Frere-Jones, and more.
12/4/14 - Claire Corriveau (record release) + Thomas Comerford, Uncommon Ground, 3800 N Clark St, 8pm, All Ages, $5. For tickets, call to reserve a table in the music room: 773-929-3680. I will play a stripped down set on my acoustic, accompanied by John Roeser (guitar) and Beth Yates (vocals, percussion).
12/6/14 - "I Turn 40 Music Festival" (Angel Ledezma's Birthday), Private Party. Featuring sets by: Young Marshall, Thomas Comerford, Robbie Skye, Thee Arthur Layne, Allá and Logan Canyon. 7pm, $5 donation. If you wish to attend, click contact to request more information. Full band will include Kriss Bataille, Ed Crouse, John Roeser and Beth Yates.
2/7/13 - Angela James + Thomas Comerford + Matt Clark. The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, 9pm, 21+, $7.
6/30/13 - An Evening Celebrating the Life and Music of Jay Bennett.Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave, 7pm, 21+, $10. This tribute show is a benefit to create a scholarship with Rock For Kids.
10/3/13 Panoramic and True + Thomas Comerford + Pillowhammer @ The Burlington, 3425 W Fullerton Ave, 9pm, 21+, donation requested.With full backing band (Ed Crouse, Jim Duffy, Robbie Hamilton, Tom McGettrick, Gregg Ostrom).
10/11/13, Escape/Landscape: Works by Bill Brown @ The Nightingale, 1084 N Milwaukee, 8pm, all-ages, $7-10. I will be playing a handful of songs acoustic with Ed Crouse during the zine-reading portion of the show.
11/7/13, Thomas Comerford + The Great Crush @ Comfort Station Logan Square, 730pm, all-ages, donation requested. Performing new and old songs with an all-acoustic trio.
12/6/13, Pivot Arts Presents The Lawrence Peters Outfit + Thomas Comerford @ Metropolis Roasting Garage, 5545 N. Clark, 730pm, 21+, donation. Ed Crouse and I will reprise our acoustic performance of my songs from October, but we'll play a full set this time.
12/18/13, Thomas Comerford + Quarter-Mile Thunder @ The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee, 9pm, 21+, FREE! With full backing band!
5/10/12 - Neiman Student Center, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 37 S. Wabash Ave. Thomas Comerford and the Reels. 4pm. FREE!
TC Summer Tour.
8/3/12 -- Music On the Lawn, Senn High School Grounds, 5900 N. Glenwood Ave.Thomas Comerford w/Angela James. 7pm. All-ages. FREE!
6/24/11 - Horseshoe Chicago, 4115 N Lincoln Ave. Kaspar Hauser with the Scrappy Scrappers and Jeremiah and the Red Eyes. 9pm 21+. FREE!
Thomas Comerford solo shows, Fall 2011:
Winter/Spring Kaspar Hauser Shows:
Summer Shows: (KH shows unless indicated.)
• 9/17/09 - The Whistler, 2421 North Milwaukee, Chicago. w/Adam Fitz and DJ Lawrence Peters. 9pm. 21+. FREE!
KASPAR HAUSER SHOWS (2000-2008; all shows in Chicago unless otherwise noted):
11/1/08 - Quenchers. w/Jeff Harms and Adam Fitz.