"Mike Trakan (he goes by Trakan) is truly an emotional and gifted songwriter. As a performer, he keeps his angst at a controlled simmer, riding the cusp of a boil throughout his live show, thus keeping the audience on edge with him. Stylistically, he carries the torch of Lou Reed, Billy Idol and PJ Harvey into the new decade. Best news is, he is based here in Chicago and has a new album coming out in the spring, so he will be playing again soon. Keep your eyes and ears open for this guy."