According to his publicist, legendary Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen wasn’t up for doing a lot of interviews to promote his new album and summer tour. But Illinois Entertainer? He wanted to talk to us.
That was worrisome.
Appearing: 7/1-2 at House Of Blues (329 N. Dearborn) in Chicago.
Intonation Music Festival
Union Park, Chicago
Saturday, June 24, 2006
Sunday, June 25, 2006
The second annual Intonation Music Festival in Union Square was a successful mashup of old and new, rockism and hip-hop. While not as well-attended as a roster of this caliber might deliver individually, the anything-goes format catered to the strengths (and weaknesses) of each act [...]
Slayer, Lamb Of God, Mastodon, Children Of Bodom
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
There’s an episode of “Seinfeld” where George Costanza, while talking to his date, suggests toilet paper hasn’t changed in his lifetime and never will. In fact, he claims, everything has and will change, but not TP. His bubble is later burst, though, when Elaine [...]
Hello, My Name Is Ramblin’ Jack
Q&A with folk legend Ramblin’ Jack Elliott
IE: You were just in England with Devendra Banhart?
Ramblin’ Jack Elliott: Well, I did one show with him. I wasn’t really with him; he was in one theater and I was in another theater at the same festival [All Tomorrow's Parties]. Can’t really call [...]
Scott H. Biram
There’s a point during “18 Wheeler Fever,” one of 14 songs on Scott H. Biram’s new record, Graveyard Shift (Bloodshot), where the Texan admits “Well it’s been sung about a thousand times/that old song about a truck driver’s life.”
Appearing: 7/21 at Abbey Pub (3420 W. Grace) in Chicago.
Keeps His Head Up
Rhymefest is no ass-kisser. In addition to having come up in the formerly overlooked Chicago market, his refusal to bow to anyone in the music industry is largely why it has taken this animated MC so long to get heard. It also explains why he has been fired from most of the [...]
At first glance, every musician residing in Sunderland, England is in one of three bands: The Futureheads, Field Music, and Maximo Park. (Actually, it isn’t true, and Sunderland has veritable pop music pedigree up there in the shadows of Newcastle, including Roxy Music’s Bryan Ferry and Eurythmic Dave Stewart). But, as in the [...]
Despite their personnel issues and disabling encounters with the vast and varied exigencies of the record industry, The Jayhawks produced, both live and on record, perhaps the most consistently fine pop music of their era (with or without Mark Olson).
Little Big Men
It’s shockingly easy to record and distribute music in this digital age, but it’s still like finding a needle in a haystack to come across music that is worth a listen. Even more difficult is finding a band who can make devoted fans out of those listeners.
BUILDING A BETTER RECORD COLLECTION
Music is being released at an extraordinary rate nowadays. Besides the onslaught of new material (lagging sales haven’t met a decline in product for labels) there is also the constant barrage of re-releases for music fans to contend with. It’s hard to keep up. With that in mind, IE raided the [...]
THE HARDER THEY COME
Enticed by promises of free beer and taquitos, we headed to Chicago’s Hard Rock Cafe for their 20th anniversary party on June 12th. Yes, it was a Monday, but Styx were there, rotating keyboard stand and all.
It has been this way for the past hundred years. Wars are fought over it and governments toppled because of it. Corporations rake in yearly profits that eclipse the GNP of many mid-sized nations because of it. And, until someone finds a way to make your T-bird run on jelly donut filling or fruit [...]
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For Rio Grande Blood (13th Planet), Jourgensen figured if the Bush family gets to act like it’s 1991, then so does he. Corralling Tommy Victor (Prong) and Paul Raven (Killing Joke) for the reoutfitted sect, they cannon through 10 tracks in the spirit of Psalm 69 [...]
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But as he said earlier, ideological freedom was the least of his concerns. If he wanted to smoke dope with college kids and protest world trade injustices, he’d move to Portland. Texas has land, perfect for 13th Planet. Having room for his record label complex also [...]
The Blues Foundation held its annual Blues Music Awards (formerly the W.C. Handy Awards) on May 11th in Memphis. Congrats to Chicago awardees Buddy Guy (B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year), Mavis Staples (Soul Blues Female Artist Of The Year), Eddie Shaw (Instrumentalist â€“ Horn), and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith (Instrumentalist â€“ Drums). Hubert Sumlin, [...]