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Cover Story: The Cranberries

Cover Story: The Cranberries

She’s not sure exactly when it happened. But there was a time when flutter-throated Celtic thrush Dolores O’Riordan really lost her way, spiritually. And it had everything to do with the skyrocketing popularity of her band, The Cranberries, and its early international hits like “Dreams,” “Linger,” and “Zombie”

Interview: Nada Surf

Interview: Nada Surf

One of the feel-good stories of the ’90s alternative-rock boom and its subsequent bust, Nada Surf recently caught wind of a new danger on the horizon.

Interview: Miles Nielsen

Interview: Miles Nielsen

For the past 13 years, Miles Nielsen made a name for himself throughout the Midwest and beyond thanks to several different band incarnations, but none seemed to hit the spot as much as his latest collaboration The Rusted Hearts.

Studioguide 2012: Uptown Recording

Studioguide 2012: Uptown Recording

Uptown is one of Chicago’s oldest communities, one that brims with a rich heritage from the Gilded Age to Prohibition. Fast-forward to its current incarnation as an urban melting pot that hosts music of all genres, Catherine and Matt Denny began Uptown Recording in 2001 in the shadow of Broadway & Lawrence

Hello, My Name Is Paul

Hello, My Name Is Paul

IE: You’re currently on tour with Peter Case. Were there other occasions when you performed together since The Nerves broke up? Paul Collins: Only once. I did some songs with him during an encore at one of his shows.

Around Hear: March 2012

Around Hear: March 2012

Local Band Reviews Rich Ryan (a.k.a. Richie Rich) brought in some heavy hitters to record his debut album From The Streets with his Chi-Town Blues Band. Featuring Grammy-winning guitarist Billy Flynn, Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith, and pianist Barrelhouse Chuck and the Tommy Dorsey horn section,

Caught In A Mosh: March 2012

Caught In A Mosh: March 2012

In an analogy that might only otherwise work for Long Island’s hockey community or the blue half of Merseyside, metal fans are the sports equivalent of White Sox fans. There’s an inferiority complex that transcends their so-called rivalry with regional — or, in this case, cultural — opposition, coupled with a stilted pride about doing […]

Digital Divide: March 2012

Digital Divide: March 2012

Is there a group of people more reviled these day than Wall Street brokers? The answer, of course, depends on whether the placard you have on your front lawn includes an elephant or a donkey. Oh sure, Congress is an easy target for the general public’s scorn, but let’s face it: there really isn’t a […]

File: March 2012

File: March 2012

In time for Black History Month, Sony’s reissue imprint Legacy released Golden Gate Groove: The Sound Of Philadelphia Live In San Francisco, a sweetly nostalgic collection of O’Jays, Harold Melvin, and Billy Paul performances from 1973.

Gear: March 2012

Gear: March 2012

Rumors that San Diego-based Taylor Guitars was gonna dip its big toe in the deep end of the amp business had us excited us to no end. Unfortunately, Taylor has made its ES Guitar Amplifier part of their limited-edition Builder’s Reserve series as a guitar/amp package (limited to 30 amps) called the Expression System. The […]

Media: March 2012

Media: March 2012

In the 1970s, local radio legend Steve Dahl revolutionized talk radio with his raw form of radio verite. Now, he’s breaking new ground by turning his “Dahlcast” podcast (at dahl.com) into a podcast network haven for personalities who are no longer on airwaves and deserve to be heard.

Studiophile: March 2012

Studiophile: March 2012

Million Yen engineer/producer Jeff Dean has formed a hardcore “supergroup” with the legendary Vic Bondi (Articles Of Faith), Derek Grant (Alkaline Trio), and Joe Principe (Rise Against). The band is going by the name Dead Ending, and seminal label Alternative Tentacles

Sweet Home: March 2012

Sweet Home: March 2012

The legacy of Muddy Waters looms over Chicago blues with a vivid, unforgettable presence that serves as the standard for what defines the genre. Appearing: March 31st at Buddy Guy’s Legends with The Chicago Blues Angels and Eddie Taylor Jr. From his swaggering vocals to the fierce slide-guitar riffs that electrified the blues, there are […]

The shows go March-ing in

The shows go March-ing in

The March issue takes centerstage today, but we’d be remiss to skip over some worthy shows kicking off the month: Islands, Punch Brothers, Lynch Mob, and Water Liars.

Van Halen live!

Van Halen live!

From the moment Van Halen non-chalantly took the United Center stage, one of the most paradoxical shows in rock began. First comes the band — Alex Van Halen playing comfortably and business-like behind the drums, while Eddie and son Wolfgang, dressed in their button-down shirts and jeans, worked their guitar and bass, respectively, with straight-ahead […]

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