Mt. Rushmore, Disneyland . . . And Kiss?
This is no place for modesty. Kiss drummer Eric Singer describes the band as a piece of Americana, like Universal Studios or Disneyland. “Whether it’s going to Mount Rushmore or Yellowstone Park or the Statue Of Liberty, I say Kiss is one of the Wonders Of The World. [...]
Justin Harris would like to take this moment to clarify some things about his band. The shorthand on the new Menomena record, Mines (Barsuk), concerns an outfit on the brink – three men at the end of their respective ropes with each other and the tense batch of songs documenting the turmoil. Harris more or [...]
Up Off The ‘Mats
For some reason – and he’s not sure why, exactly – John Rzeznik houses every last award he’s won with his barnstorming Buffalo outfit The Goo Goo Dolls in a trophy case located in his kitchen. And after 24 years and nine albums together, the man has assembled quite a collection – [...]
And Then There Were Three
Call Australia’s Xavier Rudd the thinking man’s Jeff Spicoli. With a blonde mop of tousled hair he certainly looks the part, but underneath the hippie-dippy prose and a near spiritual devotion to surfing lies a soul attuned to the still waters that run deeply through the Aboriginal culture of his homeland [...]
25 years, 700 songs
Richie Hoffher has sacrificed for his band. “Man, I lived with my parents ’til I was 35.” In between those rare nights sleeping in his own bed, Hoffher, the co-founder/guitarist, reinvested nearly every dollar he earned back into his band, 7th Heaven, playing over 250 gigs a year, sleeping on friends’ floors, [...]
Throw It to Lucas
Leafing through the photo album with even the most casual interest suggests Local H frontman Scott Lucas was once scowling when someone hit him on the back, thus sentencing him to a life term with a frown on his puss. Though his hardened demeanor – great for this fall’s prison fashions – [...]
Q&A with Jeff Daniels
IE: Your musical ambitions seem pretty friendly and harmless.
Jeff Daniels: I’m not trying to hurt anybody.
Local Band Reviews
Aevumin (a band with an instantly recognizable moniker but with pronunciation challenges) plays tight and peppy post-punk rock on a seven-track, self-titled CD. Some, like “Cliché,” value frantic power-chords, riffing and lyrics. But the band shines when jamming to groovier, more deliberate midtempo rhythms like on “Lonely Walks Away.”
Mightier Than The Sword?!
Here’s the thing about digital voice recorders: the “record” button must be pressed in order to record something.
Actually, there are voice-activated options, but I don’t trust ‘em. There’s too much at risk when conducting an interview to trust a tiny-ass sound sensor inside a tiny-ass digital record to kick on and off [...]
The Decent Thing To Do
Fucking brilliant! Those two words uttered by U2’s Bono while accepting an award for “The Hands That Built America” on a January 2003 NBC broadcast of the Golden Globes sparked a battle with the Federal Communications Commission that lasted until July of this year.
An Outpouring Of Blues
The fall traditionally signals back to school, work, and more activity than the lazy days of summer usually demands. Well the blues has stepped it up as well, with a slew of recent releases and reissues from the masters.
Boss continues to battle competitors with more portable and relatively affordable multi-track recorders with its new BR-800 Digital Recorder, a battery-powered studio “to go” using newly designed touch-sensor switches and SD-card recording media. Up to four tracks can be recorded or eight tracks played back simultaneously, plus an additional stereo track dedicated to the built-in [...]
I’d Like To Be Like Lauren Frost
At OAKDALE 3B STUDIO in Chicago, Lauren Frost, current indie/acoustic rocker and former Disney star, recorded what might be regarded as her signature song, “The August,” with songwriting partner Ashton Likes. One of the more requested songs from her live show, Frost gave us the backstory on the song [...]
Look, It’s The City! Run!
So this is how marriage is: You’re together for awhile, squeeze out a few kids, and settle into a routine. You go to work, you come home from work, feed and clean up after said kids, and do it all over again the next day. It goes without saying that your [...]
Hurley doesn’t arrive for another couple weeks (Sept. 14th), but Epitaph Records, Weezer’s new indie-label home, gave critics a sneak preview today.