Inter-Niecian Support In 2005, with Neko Case’s burgeoning solo career making her increasingly unavailable to regularly perform with the other seven members of The New Pornographers, the then primarily Vancouver-based band’s chief “orchestrator” and songwriter A.C. “Carl” Newman turned to his niece to be Case’s live replacement. Lest one think this was pure nepotism in […]
The Niceman Cometh I hate to let the secret out, but the Prince Of Darkness Ozzy Osbourne is actually rather lighthearted these days. And well he should be. He’s alive! Appearing: August 17th at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park.
Surgical Precision Things aligned nicely for Slayer in early 2010. World Painted Blood, the group’s 11th studio record, was just released in November and entered the Billboard chart at 12, their third-highest debut in nearly 30 years together. The band would kick off the United States tour cycle in fine fashion by co-headlining with fellow […]
Balancing Act Twin girls who play poppish punk rock are bound to attract attention, and as their success grows so will their cadre of obsessive fans. Tegan And Sara, the first names of the Canada-born Quin sisters, have more than their share of Web sites devoted to them, not the least of which was an […]
Q&A with My Morning Jacket’s Carl Broemel IE: A lot of people might see your gentle solo album as an extreme reaction to My Morning Jacket’s classic rock gusto. Is it? Carl Broemel: I definitely don’t think of it that way. There are lots of things about MMJ that embrace the quiet and gentle, so […]
New: The New New We all remember the consternation when Sergei Makarov took home the NHL’s 1990 rookie award at age 31. An age mandate was added (the Makarov Rule) and, incidentally, an Igor Makarov will be trying to make the Blackhawks this fall. Anyway, the Grammys has endured similar bouts of hand-wringing and finger-pointing […]
Local Band Reviews Bird Show Band‘s self-titled CD is flat-out bizarre at first, but for those willing to embrace its unconventional mixture of jazz, progressive rock, and synths, it’s one of the more alluring projects to come from the Amish Records catalog. Though the group is avant-garde at its most indulgent, the European undertones provide […]
Fear No Art, Chicago “I felt that there was nothing that went behind the scenes showing how human the process of making art is: its mistakes, conundrums, miracle moments, etc. I wanted to discover the artists behind the art, showing the human side, and thus making the arts more approachable for people,” says Elysabeth Alfano, […]
Bourbon At A Young Age As a child in New Orleans, Tovi Khali didn’t quite know what she wanted to be when she grew up, until she first glimpsed inside Bourbon Street blues clubs. “I’d be outside watching the singers and I knew I wanted to do that,” says Khali. “If it weren’t for the […]
The Big Bore So I paid $18 to see The Big Four broadcast in June. The idea of going to the movies to watch a metal concert was a bit strange and spending nearly $20 to do so was plain dumb, but I had to. My gut tells me this thing eventually comes to The […]
The Runaways Sony Pictures As James Brown famously shouted, “This is a man’s world!” As far as the music business was concerned, he was right — until 1975, that is. That was the year Joan Jett and Sandy West teamed up to form the first successful all-girl rock band, The Runaways. Along with guitarist Lita […]
George William Fullerton Fender Hall Of Fame Inductee Chicago’s Fullerton Avenue wasn’t named after him. But Leo Fender would not have succeeded without him. In the mid-1940s, as a seasoned artist and working musician with a budding interest in electronics, George Fullerton became friends with Fender.
At Linder Avenue Recording in Roselle, producer/engineer Travis Brown blocked out dates with his project Saline to record material for their debut . . . Drummer Hannah Ford laid new tracks for the Bellevue Suite (above) single “Just Love” to be re-released later this summer; Dom Palmisano engineered.
Folks don’t love the number 31 enough. Especially as a date. It’s the only day of the month where you know the next day is a new month. And if it’s a Saturday, like this month? That means next month has a Friday the 13th! Woo-hoo!
Biblical storms, record heat, itchy shirt tags, and the nagging suspicion we forgot something — we’ve made it through July, Chicago. Together we can do anything. Together we can prevent forest fires. Here’s what’s left on Friday.