MÃ s Vegas
You have to hand it to Brandon Flowers. The guy certainly knows how to make an entrance. And it’s never exactly what his audience is expecting.
Appearing: 10/17 at Congress Theatre (2135 N. Milwaukee) in Chicago.
Hello, My Name Is Ian
Q&A with Ian Anderson
IE: How is touring with the orchestra project different than touring with Jethro Tull?
Ian Anderson: Well, it’s a little bit scaled down. We don’t use as many people in the crew; we have less in the way of equipment, but we do have more *people to move around. [...]
Ask any number of aspiring/up-and-coming rock songwriters who their influences are, and you’re likely to get a response that includes names from the last two decades, or predictable staples like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, or Bob Dylan. These are respectable idols, but the exponential inbreeding of styles has given us a homogenized [...]
The End Is The Beginning
At the bottom of a career-threatening funk following the tour behind Califone’s 2004 release, Heron King Blues, Tim Rutili happened across an old mix CD a friend had given him, and found his salvation somewhere in the middle. It came via Psychic TV’s “The Orchids,” released on the band’s 1983 album, [...]
The Hold Steady
“I’ve had kids come up and say to me, ‘God, you guys and Drive-By Truckers are the only bands that I ever go see that look like they’re having any fun at all,’” recounts Hold Steady vocalist Craig Finn. We’re discussing his band’s triumphant, early-afternoon appearance at Lollapalooza back in August. “We [...]
Floor To Ceiling
To say George Hunter, of Chicago-based trio Catfish Haven, was having a bad day is an understatement. First, he had double booked IE’s phone interview with some dog-walking he had agreed to do for his bass player’s business. When the time came to do the interview, he was four pooches deep and [...]
If It All Ends Tomorrow
The story behind London’s The Rakes is one that has been written countless times before. The group built major U.K. buzz and scored an international record deal after about a year of touring. Upon being imported to America, they lit up the CMJ Festival in New York followed by this [...]
The Criterion Collection
Countless films over the years have been dubbed “masterpieces.” From Fritz Lang to John Ford, Peckinpah to Scorsese, all have created what many consider quintessential pieces of filmmaking. Few films, however, actually change the very nature of cinema itself.
HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR
Eddie Van Halen knows two things very well: smokin’ guitar licks and smokin’ cigarettes. Apparently adult entertainment and curing cancer can be added to the list. The six-string maestro called Howard Stern’s Sirius Satellite show on September 8th, Launch Radio Networks reports, to promote a porn movie (more on that in a [...]
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Finding an ethical new center — that was merely one part of Flowers’ quest. Where else did he find solace? Again, fans who think they have him pegged will be somewhat stunned. In the work of — believe it or not — Bruce Springsteen, he happily confesses. And it all started with [...]
“Chicago ain’t been this great since Jordan,” declares Terror Squad president Fat Joe about Logan Square rep Ace Mac on All Aces Mixtape Vol. 1. So Joey Crack’s co-sign is a little inflated, but Mac does kick some pretty entertaining “gangsta shit.” Atop a barrage of mostly borrowed, bass-heavy beats from Rick Ross, Twista, and [...]
The three-song sampler for Secrets To Be Told, Rob Nicholas And A Moment’s Notice’s debut CD, is tolerable but by no means terrific. “Lost Yourself” and “You Say” are run-of-the-mill alt-rock odes, with “Crave” adding a dash of jazz guitar to an otherwise mediocre melody. Hopefully the full-length disc features more originality, as quite honestly [...]
Seven-One E/Z bring some unique elements to the razor-edged hip-hop songs and freestyles on their self-titled demo by mixing in synthesizers and using deep vocals as percussion. The gritty, first-person accounts of pimps and gangstas make this an R-rated effort, while others will be more offended by a steady flow of the “N” word and [...]
It’s like the other islands, it’s easy-going and you don’t have stress. The water surrounds it and it’s like a small, beautiful jewel,” says Sara Tavares from a car on a busy Lisbon street. This fanciful summary could be about Maui or Bermuda, or some other small, tourist-heavy beach paradise. But she’s talking about her [...]
ANDY MASON GUITARS
Only a guy who built a triple-neck guitar for Led Zeppelin could devise something like The Mermaid.