Riviera, Chicago Saturday, March 27, 2010 For all the alleged dysfunction, Stone Temple Pilots were quite prolific. For as continuously as the band have been mentioned in the last 10 years, they’ve been creatively dormant since 2001. For all the critical beatdowns they took, naysayers were nonetheless very interested.
Clearwater Theater, West Dundee Sunday, March 28, 2010 As the media spotlight recedes from Austin, it can go back to being what it is: a blues-rock hotbed.
Schubas, Chicago Thursday, April 1, 2010 When IE interviewed Beulah back in 2001, frontman Miles Kurosky reluctantly admitted they were breaking up. It wasn’t immediate — they lasted one more album — but, he reckoned, what was the point of it all?
Tap Room, Austin, TX Friday, March 19, 2010 The motto around South By Southwest might be “Keep Austin weird,” but a Friday-afternoon set from Chicago’s Loyal Divide took things one step further in making Austin creepy, courtesy of the band’s white-lined black body suits and face-obscuring emoticon masks.
Vice, Austin, TX Thursday, March 18th, 2010 It was around midnight last night when Hey Champ took the stage at dance club/rock venue Vice, which, while hardly late by SXSW standards, was still almost an hour-and-a-half after than the band’s initially set start time. Yet the room didn’t seem to mind too much, as the […]
Beauty Bar, Austin, TX Wednesday, March 17, 2010 Chicago came at Austin hard on Wednesday afternoon, with a hyper-kinetic set from Kid Sister at the glam-dive Beauty Bar.
Murat Theatre, Indianapolis Thursday, March 11, 2010 “We know why we’re here, so let’s stop fucking around.” With that Dave Mustaine declaration, Megadeth launched into “Holy Wars . . . The Punishment Due” and Tom Araya was immediately forgiven for the American Carnage tour.
Riviera, Chicago Saturday, March 13, 2010 A show that could have been billed AcoustiKinks ambled along smoothly if unexceptionally on Saturday night, until Ray Davies remembered from whence he came.
Schubas, Chicago Friday, March 19, 2010 That Scout Niblett can make a recording so similar to PJ Harvey’s first two albums and have it be one of her most accessible really says something. Good thing they aren’t too similar, though.
Bottom Lounge, Chicago Friday, March 19, 2010 While sure to upset a lot of bands (if not only because it calls them “emo”), “emo’s just a phase” is both true for a lot of youngsters as well as being to blame for some missed career transformations.
Metro, Chicago Thursday, March 25, 2010 Disregarding their vampiric, L.A.’s Jesus & Mary Chain looks, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have worn a surprising number of hats in their underrated career.
Now’s your chance to win two passes to the Chicago viewing of Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan’s film documentary on March 25th.
Reggie’s Rock House, Chicago Tuesday, March 16, 2010 Although The Black Dahlia Murder has generally been described as a blend of melodic death meal with a heavy European black metal influence, the emphasis has been on traditional blast beats and rapid-fire riffs.
JBTV Studios, Chicago Tuesday, March 9, 2010 When treated as concerts, televised band performances can be a mixed bag. It would be all too easy for artists to treat such a venture as little more than a promotional exercise, one that doesn’t “count” and ends up more phoned-in than anything. Which is what made last […]
Congress Theater, Chicago Friday, March 12, 2010 This will make you feel old: It’s been 18 years since House Of Pain’s “Jump Around” was a hit single. Eighteen years. Seriously! (It’s been 13 since Notorious B.I.G. was killed!) So who cares about a HOP reunion now? This guy.