Bound to the road even though their success would suggest they don’t have to be, Drive-By Truckers make a return to their roots of sorts on A Blessing And A Curse (New West). But those roots aren’t the Southern rock doppelganger DBT have come to signify, they’re the wild days when The Replacements [...]
The Duke Spirit
“This band grew out of friendships,” says Liela Moss. “I don’t see that happening.”
Moss fronts The Duke Spirit, one of these shit-hot, media-darling bands from the U.K. But already in her young career, she finds herself addressing breakup rumors, that in a matter of time she will fly solo and go the [...]
Even if you’ve heard “Sacramento And Polk” a hundred times, it’s worth the price of The Boxing Mirror just to learn the song’s real power. With production in the hands of The Velvet Underground’s John Cale, and Alejandro Escovedo’s performance in the hands of his own deliverance, the new recording makes previous versions [...]
Bringing It All Back Home
The moniker Gomez has always been a cause for mystery. As the band is from Southport, England and not one of its members — Ian Ball (guitar/vocals), Paul Blackburn (bass/keys/vocals), Ben Ottewell (guitar/vocals), Tom Gray (guitar/vocals), or Olly Peacock (drums) — is, noticeably, named Gomez, it’s a quandary that comes up [...]
Chicago’s hip-hop has blown up, but will indie stalwarts benefit?
It’s been quite some time since Chicago hip-hop has received this much attention from the record industry and the rest of the country. After years of being lost in the middle of the three coasts, the heart of the Midwest is finally seeing more than [...]
Hello, My Name Is Patrick
Q&A with Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump
IE: We last talked to you guys before From Under The Cork Tree came out, and we heard Fall Out Boy have done pretty well. When do the solo albums come out?
Patrick Stump: I know you’re joking, but I’ve gotten that question seriously before, or [...]
Festival Of Sights
“I was eight-years-old and a camper at summer camp. The counselor was listening to Shout At The Devil, and that’s where it started,” Mike Mourning says, describing his introduction to MÃ¶tley CrÃ¼e. The 29-year-old Kenosha, WI resident, whose back is one big CrÃ¼e tattoo, was just one of the diehards who made the [...]
Sony Pictures Classic
How’s this for a trade-off: You write a book that makes you the most talked about writer of your time, but the process of writing it affects your life so much that you never complete another one. Such is Truman Capote’s lot.
“He’s so good, man.” â€“ Muddy Waters talking about Otis Rush in Robert Palmer’s Deep Blues.
At UP ON THE ROOF RECORDING in Lombard, owner/engineer Mark Blas recorded and mixed tracks for reggaeton artist/producer Wil Diaz . . . Blas also tracked the second album for blues locals Mitch & The Polecats.
Jazz singing is like pornography, in that you know it when you hear it,” quips local singer Kurt Elling during a conversation with Al Jarreau and Ramsey Lewis on an episode of the new weekly TV series, “Legends Of Jazz.”
“It’s urban Latino chic, something that’s really cool,” says Michael Ramos, when asked to define the electronic/Latin folk/rock melting pot that is Charanga Cakewalk. Originally a studio project that bloomed into a full-fledged act comprising Ramos and any guest musicians he decides to invite, Charanga Cakewalk represents the musical evolution of the musician’s life. Growing [...]
The dark melody on Angel Eyes‘ Something To Do With Death is carried by smooth electric guitars and wavy samples, then sporadically shifts into pounding drums and metal sequences coupled with screaming vocals. Despite the songs being too long (four tracks/50 minutes total), the sporadic changes in tempo and moving from instrumental gloom-heavy rock to [...]
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The Osaka Orangeade Concern play melodic and dynamic indie rock that recalls The Wedding Present, Silkworm, and Fugazi. They are raw enough to be real but skilled enough to be mostly listenable, which is not always the case with this stuff. Check out “What Would Wilco Do?” and [...]