Friday the 24th and Saturday the 25th were the last two days of the 6th Annual Pygmalion Festival in Champaign-Urbana. They were also – entirely unsurprisingly – fully loaded, with music running night and day over nine venues.
Not only did Disturbed hire a local producer to monitor proceedings for this summer’s Asylum (Reprise), but they tracked it at a local studio. O.K., so guitarist Dan Donegan isn’t exactly an outside hire (even frontman David Draiman and drummer Mike Wengren get themselves some co-producer credits), but Johnny K.’s GROOVEMASTER STUDIO in Chicago certainly [...]
John Lennon 70th Anniversary J-160E
In honor of John Lennon’s 70th birthday in December, Gibson Acoustic announced three limited-edition 70th Anniversary John Lennon J-160E acoustic guitars to celebrate the legacy of the legendary Beatles songwriter/guitarist.
One more night: That’s all we have together this month. Don’t know about you, but we’re all for looping a mixtape that has nothing but “Born To Run” and “Livin’ On A Prayer” and cranking that baby ’til October comes.
Chicago Theatre, Chicago
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Jackson Browne started Thursday’s concert at the Chicago Theatre like a semi-truck navigating rush-hour traffic on the Eisenhower.
Things haven’t been going well for M.I.A. lately. And the late announcement for this week’s shows only fuels speculation that her situation is in flux. Of course, nothing can be discounted when you have a toddler.
The 6th annual Pygmalion Music Festival opened Wednesday with Janelle Monáe, Of Montreal, and Built To Spill — all on the same night. Of Montreal and Built to Spill were at roughly the same time, in fact – an act of schedule juggling that made fans and festival organizers alike crazy. But that bit of [...]
We were going to preview Lyfe Jennings‘ show Monday at House Of Blues, but looks like he’ll be in jail for the time being.
This time of year makes us nervous. Yes, the presence of pumpkins in the stores gives that Halloween feel, but we could swear we saw a Christmas store in the corner of our eye yesterday. Run to concert halls and save yourselves!
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Charter One Pavillion, Chicago
Charter One Pavillion got to play host to some rock legends and a couple of up-and-comers on Thursday night. In an odd twist, the openers were louder than the headliners, as Mastodon and Deftones set the stage for grunge pioneers Alice In Chains.
Yes, we know how lame it is to talk about the weather. Older generations and the upper classes consider it vulgar.
United Center, Chicago
Monday, September 20, 2010
When The Wall was first staged by Pink Floyd in 1980, it may have been the biggest show on the road, but it was still stacked up against the production limitations of the time period. Primitive by today’s standards but no less ambitious, the initial outing played a mere 31 [...]
Falling in with the hidden-track sweepstakes (please, a revival that should stop already) come Land Of Talk, who seemed destined for the alt-pop dustbin just a couple years ago.
Shows have been trickling in. The theory is once the Lollapalooza and Pitchfork radius clauses (radii clausi?) fizzle, that’s when the shows begin their annual, fall stampede. We used to blame it on the CMJ fest in New York. Whatever it is, it’s decision time.
Right about now’s when we’d be pimping the Hideout Block Party to you, kissing summer goodbye, and slowly drifting home while running our hand across the iron fences of our neighbors.