Not A Question Of If, But When
Reunion rumors can be tedious. Scratch that. They’re a bitch. Jimmy Page wants more. John Paul Jones isn’t averse. Robert Plant would rather chop-stick his eyes out, and probably will if people keep asking. And that’s the key, isn’t it? Keep asking.
Escaping The Matrix
“My real name is iller than my rap name,” declares Che Smith, the Chicago-reared MC better known to hip-hop fans as Rhymefest (and as co-writer of Kanye West’s “Jesus Walks”). Talking about the meaning of the title and concept of his long-delayed sophomore album, El Che, Rhymefest has left the major-label life behind [...]
Use Somebody Already
Move over Caleb Followill. Ye of grizzled, sultry croon that could tear the very clothes off a fair maiden just by hitting the right sequence of notes must contend with a redhead from the Ozarks, who miraculously possesses a similar ability to defrock fresh-faced coeds with merely the sound of his voice. Followill’s [...]
Everything’s A Blur
Distortion in rock ‘n’ roll used to be extremely violent. True to form, guitarists like Pete Townshend and Dave Davies achieved the sound by literally stabbing holes in their amplifier speakers. Over the years, of course, distortion was harnessed and polished for Sears commercials and kiddie TV theme songs, another casualty into the [...]
Local Band Reviews
Admiral Of Black
Admiral Of Black has recorded the template for fundamental hard rock/metal debut albums with The Hand Of Chaos. The eight-track CD — already a year old — has the right production to stand out from other newcomers, thanks to a party-metal swagger that overcomes any minor first-effort deficiencies.
Truly Local – And Scrappy, Too
When Conscious Choice published its final issue last April, its employees refused to let the dream die.
Three Years A-Moshing
Almost. Truth is, June is this column’s official birthday, but — lucky you — I’ve decided to celebrate early.
Delta Crush Blues
It’s telling that blues guitarist Chainsaw Dupont lists as turning points in his music career not listening to B.B. King as he was growing up in the Mississippi Delta or touring with Junior Wells in the ’90s, but hearing Sly & The Family Stone’s “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)” and jamming [...]
It Ain’t Easy Bein’ Blue
Fox Home Entertainment
I’ll admit it: I’m probably one of only 20 people in America who didn’t see Avatar in the theaters. Yet I felt no sense of shame or desperation about not taking part in the group collective, because I knew that the eventual home-video release would be stellar.
Dave Matthews Signature Guitar
As a longtime Taylor Guitars devotee, Dave Matthews used his 914ce to write music that would shape a new generation of jam bands that still inspires new converts today. With an eye on the future, Taylor has collaborated with Matthews and released the Dave Matthews Signature Model guitar that also honors his [...]
In The Radio
While the record labels continually empty chambers and reload hoping to find that magic bullet, record stores have taken charge and adapted themselves to the crashing and surging marketplace. At 5045 N. Clark St. in Andersonville (less than a mile west and slightly north of the Aragon and Riviera), Transistor has taken steps [...]
Q&A with Montgomery Gentry’s Eddie Montgomery
IE: What’s it like playing up north? How do you approach the crowd and set?
Eddie Montgomery: Let me tell you first off, what you see with me and “T” [bandmate Troy Gentry] is what you get. A lot of people think they can fool country fans, but they can’t.
Vic Theatre, Chicago
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Anyone who’s ever seen Ben Folds perform live in front of a crowd of die-hard fans (and really, is there any other kind of Ben Folds fan?), or is even just familiar with the piano man’s solid 2002 live disc, Ben Folds Live, knows full well the events are notorious [...]
Lincoln Hall, Chicago
Friday, April 30, 2010
Bands whose sounds bank on their influences often become paradoxes, mimicking ambitious music but not the ambition.
Park West, Chicago
Friday, April 23, 2010
For such a sweet-singin’ dude, Martin Sexton can sure bop you over the head. The veteran songwriter has carved out a successful career in alt-adultcontempo pop, but can sometimes leave you feeling shaken.