Familiar Influences, Different Worlds
A New Breed Of Chicago Punks Challenge The Country
Chicago never had a punk rock scene — at least not one you were supposed to know about. Stubbornly hiding underground, it bred Midwestern know-how with an extreme prejudice toward the mainstream. Purposefully uncommercial even when Nirvana blew up and punk “broke” open in [...]
Hello, My Name Is Dee
Q&A With A Twisted Sister
IE: So A Twisted Christmas, this is it? The final chapter of Twisted Sister?
Dee Snider: Not so fast [laughing]. I was saying it was the final chapter and the last nail in the coffins of our career, but as it turned out it might have actually revived [...]
Solomon Burke is a big man. In an interview, he launches into the rhythms of preaching, laughs irrepressibly (and often), and tells stories with skill, every bit the personification of the phrase “living with gusto.” On stage, dressed in sequined pin stripes (impeccably tailored), with kingly robes completing the ensemble, and sitting on [...]
The Next One
Lap steel guitar prodigy inspiration and advice by listening to classic Eric Clapton, Santana, and Aerosmith albums, but he learned the ropes first-hand from those illustrious artists. In the three short years since the release of his official Warner Bros. debut with The Family Band, the seasoned player has toured non-stop with [...]
Sitting at Niagara Falls watching the water cascade and wash away, Jeremy Enigk is staring at the tumult of the last 10 years of his life. Since the first breakup of Sunny Day Real Estate — the band who forged the template for emo in the ’90s, for better or worse — Enigk [...]
As the only contender to ever voluntarily withdraw from Fox TV’s hit singing competition “American Idol,” Mario Vazquez became the show’s ultimate rebel last year. After all, this Bronx-born Nuyorican was only stepping away from what many speculated to be a sure victory. But just prior to reaching the show’s coveted Top 12 [...]
IE’s 2006 Gift Guide
If you have a country music fan on your gift list, there’s no shortage of options this holiday season. The most intriguing is Nashville Rebel (RCA/Legacy), the first ever career-spanning Waylon Jennings anthology. Created with the complete involvement of his wife Jessi Colter and his son Shooter Jennings, the four-disc set includes [...]
Black Is Back
Way back in September IE received an e-mail hinting at a Dio-era Black Sabbath reunion. Although it hadn’t been confirmed by any of the musicians’ — Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward — managers, the message said a Web zine out of Spain had reported a reunion tour of [...]
The 2006 DVD Gift Guide
It’s that time of year again. ‘Tis the season of decking the halls, being jolly, and Grandma’s ill-fated rendezvous with reindeer. It’s also the time of year eight out of 10 people find themselves asking, “What the hell am I gonna get Uncle Frank or Aunt Gladys?” Fret not, little [...]
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Just as the style was different before he began, however, McIlrath knows the fame could be fleeting and tastes could change on a dime. “The punk world kids are growing up into now is so much different than the punk world we grew up into. If you [...]
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WAX ON RADIO
If Rise Against are a strange fit for this article because they didn’t travel in the same circles as the rest of these guys, Wax On Radio are a square peg musically. The music on their debut, Exposition (Downtown), doesn’t make them out to be [...]
The Torch (Watchdog), the third album by guitarist, singer-songwriter Ronnie Baker Brooks, is a musical gumbo of blues, rock ‘n’ roll, soul, funk, rock, and hip-hop with a touch of folk and rockabilly added to the mix. The son of blues legend Lonnie Brooks, Ronnie was raised on the blues but brings a contemporary sensibility [...]
Forgive us for not fully fleshing out last month’s inaugural Metal Issue. While we’re mighty proud of it, if we really had it together we would have featured Sanford Parker of Volume Studios in that “Studiophile” instead of this month.
Last spring we reported public radio station WBEZ-FM (91.5) and its satellites (Chesterton, Indiana’s WBEW-FM (89.5) and Morris’ WBEQ-FM (90.7)) would scrap music programming altogether when they switch to all news and talk in January. Now Chicago Public Radio says it plans to retain a smidgen of music on WBEZ.
Micro BR Digital Recorder
BOSS‘ new Micro BR Digital Recorder attracted big crowds at the Summer NAMM trade show, and it has finally arrived in stores just in time for Christmas.