Archive for January, 2009
Nick Cave Nothing But A Number “I think that for me,” says the gentleman in fitted brown slacks, Chelsea boots, and a white dress shirt (unbuttoned to the sternum) with red pinstripes, “the older you get you know what you want – you know what you need, the things that you need. I think I’ve […]
Lamb Of God Grrrs On Film Anthrax? Check. Slayer? Check. Megadeth? Checkaroonie. That’s three of thrash metal’s iconic “Big Four,” and Lamb Of God has traveled with each on separate occasions – three heroes turned tourmates. Appearing: Friday, May 1st at Congress Theatre in Chicago.
Baby Teeth Falling Out Examples of rock bands scattering into solo projects abound. Some of them (cough, cough, Kiss, cough) suggest one look for an alternative approach to the marketplace. Often it foretells a breakup, but in the case of a Chicago outfit like Baby Teeth, it’s like seeing what Captain Keith and Lance are […]
Siderunners Keep Your Motor Running Joseph DeFily (Sappy, as he’s also known), the guitarist/lead vocalist of Siderunners, planned to lie low after returning to Chicago in November. He avoided going much of anywhere except work and Siderunners bassist Zack Schnieder’s house, his current residence. Yet here he is, sitting in a booth in the Double […]
Hello, My Name Is William Q&A with William Elliott Whitmore IE: It’s been three years since the last record. How much of that time was spent writing and recording. William Elliott Whitmore: What, Song Of The Blackbird came out in 2006, I guess it must have been? Honestly, after that record came out I wasn’t […]
The Secret Policeman’s Ball (Shout Factory) In 1976 Peter Luft, the assistant director of Amnesty International, made a phone call to John Cleese, founding member of the legendary British comedy troupe Monty Python. At the time, Amnesty was a struggling organization barely making ends meet in the fight to bring awareness of human rights violations […]
Two vital women, American folk singer and civil-rights activist Odetta and South Africa’s voice of hope and freedom, Miriam Makeba, passed away within weeks of one another in late 2008. Makeba, 76, died of cardiac arrest after performing in Italy November 9th, and Odetta Holmes, 77, succumbed to heart disease December 2nd. Though they weren’t […]
At BOMBSHELTER RECORDING STUDIO in Park Ridge, Dan Precision, founding member of Rise Against and 88 Fingers Louie, finished the vinyl remaster of Shot Baker‘s Take Control. He originally engineered, mixed, and produced the CD, and Blaise Barton mastered it . . . Precision also worked with gothic metal band Urn; he tracked all of […]
Lair Of The Minotaur‘s War Metal Battle Master might not have been the best heavy metal record of 2008 (fifth best, says me), but I can’t think of a more metal heavy metal record released all year. It’s only fitting the Chicago band also made the most metal music video, too.
“I love to help those that have talent, give them a place to be a rock star . . . on ‘JBTV,’” says Jerry Bryant, who has been bringing alternative-music videos, concert footage, and free-form interviews to the Chicago area since 1986. “JBTV” has featured everyone from The Afghan Whigs to Zwan, and won two […]
It’s tough to be negative about Brown Like Fiasco, a band so friggin’ happy on tracks like “Lovely Day” and “Somewhere” from Superstar. But the group’s Mr. Rogers outlook on life sucks all the power out of its power pop. Nothin’ wrong with feel-good jams, but these guys could write a cheery song huddled in […]
Funeral For A Friend Metro, Chicago Friday, January 30, 2009 Welsh screamo act Funeral For A Friend never broke through in the States the way they have in the U.K. Which is a shame, as the group craft smarter, catchier, and overall better songs than most their harder metalcore peers on this side of the […]