The Beatles Stereo Reissues At the Entertainer, we do it for you. We suffered through some 14 albums of some obnoxious old band called The Beatles, who’ve plagued the universe with new versions of their old albums. The following are our results. Beware.
Seymour Duncan DejaVu Tap Delay Seymour Duncan recognized the unique sound achieved by some ’70s and ’80s guitar players with their noisy, druggy, and fussy analog delay pedals so they invented the Deja Vu, combining the best of both digital and analog. To control the delay technique for the modern era, it features a Tap […]
Six Generations Of The Blues The new-millennium blues experience typically only offers glimpses of the genre’s 100-year-old recorded history. The old masters are passing on and their apprentices have been exposed to global influences that often stray from the original blues root. Earwig Music plans to fix that. On November 27th, an unprecedented opportunity to […]
The Audience Is Listening Maybe you thought they’d capitulated. Since reuniting in 2005, The Black Crowes haven’t exactly sauntered onto Super Bowl half-time gigs or spilt their avian guts on “Oprah” (next day’s headline: “Brothers used to hit each other!”). Chris and Rich Robinson released the Freak ‘N’ Roll and Brothers Of A Feather live […]
Still Standing It’s not especially likely that a decade ago, anyone would have expected an experimental electro-punk project from the frontmen of hometown rock staples Local H and Caviar. Good thing those very same frontmen (Scott Lucas and Blake Smith, respectively), didn’t let little things like precedent and expectations stop them from forming The Prairie […]
How To Be Big And Rich This summer, after his mid-afternoon Lollapalooza set, Texan singer/songwriter Robert Earl Keen found himself in a rather deserted portion of Navy Pier. Opposite a mysterious arcade machine with a sinister Gyspy skull inside, he popped in a quarter and said, “I want to be big. No! No! Sound big. […]
Where Did Our Love Go? A Roundtable Discussion With Out Of The Box Records And Friends Between constant changes in the music industry, specifically the way tunes are purchased, swapped, distributed, and promoted, there was plenty to chat about when Out Of The Box Records hosted a recent Rock And Roll Brunch. To coincide with […]
Local Band Reviews The six tracks on Abysmal Lullabies from Arctic Sleep (a one-man show written, performed, and produced by Keith D) deliver what the title promises: sludgy, bottom-heavy alt-rock that is heavy on fuzzed-out riffage. The mostly instrumental tracks are lengthy and languid, pausing often to let the distortion ring out like a crashing […]
Last Chance To Gigglesnort Bill Jackson, creator of the late, great children’s programs “Cartoon Town,” “The Gigglesnort Hotel,” and “The BJ & Dirty Dragon Show,” will draw, tell tales, and recreate his most memorable characters at a December 5th benefit for the Museum Of Broadcast Communications called “Saturday Morning With B.J. And Dirty Dragon: Live […]
The Witch Is Back The first time “Mosh” heard from — or of — Skeletonwitch was summer 2007. This column was exactly one-month old when Witch guitarist Scott Hedrick e-mailed pimping his band’s July show at Empty Bottle, inquiring about coverage for its Prosthetic debut, Beyond The Permafrost, and wondering if ILLINOIS ENTERTAINER needed freelance […]
Q&A with the Pixies’ David Lovering IE: How do you feel about doing an old album in its entirety? Some bands are weirded out by it. David Lovering: It’s kind of cool because Doolittle, for me the drummer, it’s the easiest record we did. So I was happy [we chose it]. We’re all loving doing […]
Q&A with Bernard Sumner IE: Do you look at Bad Lieutenant as a continuation of your legacy or an entirely new act altogether? Bernard Sumner: I look at it as a new band, though there are some faces people already know. [Drummer] Steven [Morris] was in New Order [and Joy Division], [guitarist/keyboardist] Phil [Cunningham] played […]
ONE FOR THE BOOKS “My Bucket Song” by Psalm One from Psalm One on Vimeo. As we mentioned last month, the Chicago Public Library capped a “we’re not just books” promotion with a music contest, challenging Chicagoans to write songs about the city.
Schubas, Chicago Wednesday, October 21, 2009 Chalk it up to the season, proximity to an Academy Award-nominated heartthrob, or a gaggle of irrepressible, singing children dressed up in facepaint as ghouls, but Dead Man’s Bones (already carefully treading the line between shtick and valid art form) passes the test . . . at least during […]
Rosemont Theatre, Rosemont Wednesday, October 21, 2009 He’s arguably the most successful pop-music producer in history and has worked with every major player since the ’70s. Between Whitney Houston, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Barbara Streisand, Celine Dion, Cher, and Josh Groban, his work has helped sell so many millions of albums it should fall to NASA […]