Archive for May, 2008
Local H Time Marches On It was fairly early on the fifth night of Local H’s seven-night stand at Beat Kitchen when it became apparent why the two-man outfit are so beloved locally, somewhere around when gruff but affable frontman Scott Lucas spit out “Fall Out Boy’s on the radio,” in the middle of fan […]
R.E.M. Old Tricks Every iconic act is entitled to a dud or two, and Athens, Georgia’s elite R.E.M. are no exception. The jangle-pop purveyors-turned-alternative rock icons were generally consistent their first 20 years, though 2004’s sleeper Around The Sun was a black cloud. Beyond the project’s sluggish sales and critical lashing, frontman Michael Stipe, guitarist […]
Nathan Explosion, frontman of Dethklok, was supposed to talk to “Caught In A Mosh” this month. As were guitarist Skwisgaar Skwigelf and drummer Pickles. But a day before the interview I was informed I wouldn’t get to talk to any of the “Metalocalypse” stars (Toki Wartooth and William Murderface complete the band). Seems Explosion didn’t […]
The Internet Startups Of Los Campesinos A funny thing happened to seven university students in Wales who were well on their way to graduation a year ago: Their fledgling side-project (Los Campesinos) dropped a debut single (“You! Me! Dancing!”) that not only became an overnight Internet sensation, but also the biggest next big thing to […]
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club It’s Only Rock And Roll? Not to complain about a job many people consider pretty damn sweet — talking to famous musicians and writing a story about it — but doing a piece on Slim Cessna’s Auto Club is tough. Appearing: Friday, June 6th at Reggie’s in Chicago.
Hello, My Name Is Dave Q&A With Iron Maiden’s Dave Murray IE: Talk about milestones: Vans has actually made official Iron Maiden skate shoes, featuring the “Killers” and “Trooper” Eddie artwork by Derek Riggs. Dave Murray: I know! I’ve seen ’em walking around at our shows. Sometimes by themselves! But it’s something that teenagers tend […]
I Got Down On My Knees And I Began To Shoot Annie Leibovitz was rock’s best-known photographer long before the Miley Cyrus incident, with Linda McCartney running a close second. Still, many musicians from the mid-’60s on have posed for Henry Diltz. His accomplishments have been given an epic treatment via a limited-edition, leather-and-denim-bound book […]
“That was one of the things about just taking something about relationships that you don’t necessarily hear in music all the time, and that [is] all too real, and that everyone goes through,” Lucas offers. “But, you don’t hear about that stuff, people would rather talk about how their love is as big as an […]
“One of the ideas of going with it, the 12 months, was that you could sort of go back and forth,” he continues, “so, say on something like ‘Summer Of Boats,’ when you’re talking about it happening in May and you’re starting to accept that this is over, and then you go over the next […]
I’m Not There The Weinstein Company How strange is it to be Bob Dylan? On one hand, you’re revered as one of the most respected and influential artists in the history of music. Every bit of your work is dissected, annotated, and sifted through for every possible meaning. On the other, your past achievements are […]
Can’t Stop Now (Electro-Fi) by Juno Award winning keyboardist/singer-songwriter Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne is a CD to get excited about. Recorded in various locations from St. Louis to Whitehorse, Canada, it is a pleasing gumbo of contemporary and traditional blues with a distinctive New Orleans flavor.