The Unholy Bible Slayer guitarist Kerry King knows Chicago very well. Of course he knows many places extremely well because Slayer have now been touring the world for more than 20 years. But for Chicago, and more specifically the Aragon Ballroom, he reserves a special place in his heart. As nearly any band that have […]
INXS, Scott Stapp Rosemont Theatre, Rosemont Tuesday, May 23, 2006 While the rest of the country was busy picking the next “American Idol” the Tuesday before last, a former rock idol and a new “rock star” stormed the sold-out Rosemont Theatre. But this wasn’t just another ’80s rock sensation attempting to revive their career with […]
The Giraffes Logan Sq. Auditorium, Chicago Thursday, June 1, 2006 Apparently The Giraffes don’t like Chuck Eddy.
Tilly & The Wall Abbey, Chicago Tuesday, June 6, 2006 Not to be negative, but it wouldn’t work to Tilly & The Wall’s favor to get huge. The five-piece (sometimes more) have discovered a particularly addictive brand of twee pop of the sort that’s on the rise (Decemberists, Shins, etc.), but have one element best […]
We’ve done this story way too many times: A well-liked, well-known local musician is blind-sided by some sort of medical emergency — be it disease or accident — that leaves him laid up in a hospital. And because he’s a working musician, there is no health insurance.
Peeping Tom Peeping Tom (Ipecac) Guest-loaded, long-awaited Mike Patton project might be his first work in years to appeal to conservative Faith No More fans — maybe.
Tea Leaf Green Taught To Be Proud (Reincarnate) Jammy-award upstarts Tea Leaf Green meld downer reborn-speak with toe-tapping, hemp grooves.
Depeche Mode Speak & Spell/Music For The Masses/Violator (Rhino) Massive reissue campaign for Depeche Mode’s core albums tallies a “dexuxe edition” CD and accompanying DVD for each.
Sam Roberts Chemical City (Secret Brain/Fontana) Perennial Juno Award nominee Sam Roberts, despite the exploits of fellow Candaian success stories, has been unable to crack the States.
Kris Kristofferson Live From Austin TX (New West) Drafted from a full “Austin City Limits” concert that was edited into a half-hour TV program in 1981, Live From Austin TX compiles mainly unreleased performances.
DeVotchKa Curse Your Little Heart (Ace Fu) A covers EP with an LP’s heart, DeVotchKa’s cinematic treatises recall both Calexico and The Arcade Fire.
Scott Solter One River (Tell All) John Vanderslice’s aide-de-camp in the studio pours forth his second ambient work.
Space Needle Recordings 1994-1997 (Eenie Meenie) Ignored Rhode Island indie rockers finally get their due on this selective reissue.
Cheap Trick The Rockford Files You know the old saying, ‘If you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere’?” asks Cheap Trick’s lead guitarist and main songwriter Rick Nielsen. “I say, ‘If you can make it in Rockford, you can make it anywhere.’” Appearing 9/3 at Ravinia in Highland Park.
Office Party It continues to surprise people that NBC’s “The Office” is a near-identical cop of a British sitcom bearing the same name. Chicago’s Office were likewise born of an idea hatched in London, though their origins and subsequent migration are hardly the stuff of cultural assimilation. Appearing: 6/16 at Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western) […]