Scissor Sisters The Captain & The Kids And How Life Became A Cabaret, Old Chum The temptation to draw corollaries between Scissor Sisters and stand-up comedians is tantalizing. Comics, they say, are the most insecure people on earth. The desire to make people laugh is a cry for help, a juvenile flaw that could send […]
Clipse Metro, Chicago Friday, March 2, 2007 The story of the brothers Clipse is of one but not the other. The only continuous pairing in their artificially elongated career is themselves — Pusha T and Malice.
Bayside Metro, Chicago Friday, March 2, 2007 With its biggest names either gone (Atreyu, Taking Back Sunday) or trying their damnedest to leave (Hawthorne Heights), the top-dog spot at Victory Records is a wide-open race. Bayside, though, look to be the front-runners, a far cry from the position the band were in less than two […]
Daughtry Double Door, Chicago Wednesday, March 7, 2007 If you know the name Chris Daughtry it’s likely because of his stint on the fifth season of “American Idol,” where he was a top-five contestant. Five years from now, if music fans remember Daughtry, it will more than likely still be because of his stint on […]
Brent Amaker & The Rodeo Brent Amaker & The Rodeo (J-Shirt) A gang of Seattle music vets take a love of whiskey and Cash and turn it into what can best be described as a reverent parody.
El Perro Del Mar El Perro Del Mar (Control Group) Between helpings of crow, El Perro Del Mar’s self-titled debut redeems itself upon repeated listens.
Hello, My Name Is Eddie IE: Hey Eddie, how ya doin’? Eddie Money: Doing good. Illinois is one of my better states, man. A lot of people love the Money Man in Illinois. Make sure and use a good picture.
Sondre Lerche On Elvis Costello, Burt Bacharach, And A Decent New York Apartment The somewhat serene, expansive surroundings of Norway — Sondre Lerche’s homeland — are in quite significant contrast to his location during this particular conversation (his recently acquired New York City apartment). For starters, it’s apparent there’s plenty of hustle and bustle in […]
Otep Freedom From Pain Los Angeles artist Otep Shamaya bristles at the subject of women in heavy metal. As the female vocalist for a band that has toured with Ozzfest three times, she’s somewhat of an expert on the subject, but today it’s a bit of a sore one.
Explosions In The Sky How Strange, Success From a certain perspective, Explosions In The Sky are a collection of contradictions. Their grand, monumental music, made by quiet, unassuming men, tells stories without words. They deflect any claim to rock stardom, even as their popularity and exposure steadily increases. Drummer Chris Hrasky, a Rockford native, even […]
Clutch Jibber Jabber Depending on whom you talk to or which Clutch record review you read, frontman Neil Fallon is either A) the most clever wordsmith in rock ‘n’ roll or B) a bullshitter. Appearing: March 14th at Metro in Chicago.
Vega 4 Paradise By The Dashboard Light It’s an incredibly awkward night for brash young alt-pop hopeful Vega 4. The London quartet — led by charismatic Celt Johnny McDaid — is playing its first show in America at San Francisco’s legendary Fillmore, but it’s opening for teen heartthrobs Augustana. To top it off, the sudden […]
Isis Speaking Volumes In the final chapter of Isis’ live DVD, there’s a glitch that is quite visible to the home viewer. The crowd couldn’t see it, though they surely felt what caused it. And despite the professional gear involved, there was no way to conceal it. The glitch will forever be graffiti on Clearing […]
All For Nothing Believe us, this “File” box would have been a lot more fun had the Bears offense not looked like the junior varsity B team in the Super Bowl. But damnit, we planned to mention the Bears anthems (good and bad) the team’s first trip to the big game in 21 years inspired, […]
Dissenting Opinions The U.S. Vs. John Lennon Lionsgate Shut Up And Sing The Weinstein Company Public backlash was nothing new to John Lennon. After all, it was his ill-fated 1966 comment about The Beatles being bigger than Jesus that set off a firestorm of protest among Southern conservatives.