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Cover Story: Creed

Cover Story: Creed

The idea of an artist staging an entire tour around a successful album is a trend that doesn’t seem to be slowing, and in the case of Creed’s upcoming outing, fans actually get a double-decker front-to-back rendering.

Interview: Band Of Skulls

Interview: Band Of Skulls

Ladies, if you ever receive a text from a potential mate that reads, “You’re not pretty, but you’ve got it going on,” there’s two possible scenarios to consider. Either the gentleman caller is utterly clueless as to how to woo a fair maiden, or he’s really digging the new Band Of Skulls album. Taking a […]

Interview: Thomas Dolby

Interview: Thomas Dolby

While we’d never met and probably have no friends other than perhaps Facebook’s in common, having “come of age” in lockstep with Thomas Dolby and his music/performances across the ’80s brought a first-ever phone call with him the sense that one was calling a long-lost friend.

Around Hear: April 2012

Around Hear: April 2012

NTD Records’ HiFi Superstar continue to refine their power-pop hooks on their third long-player, One Hit Wonder. Maturing as songwriters and as tight as a band that performs nearly 150 shows a year

Caught In A Mosh: April 2012

Caught In A Mosh: April 2012

The giveaway — apart from the byline and absence of Super Troopers references — that Trevor Fisher has been taking some deserved time off from IE has been zero babbling on one of three fronts: High On Fire, Superchrist, or Bible Of The Devil.

Digital Divide: April 2012

Digital Divide: April 2012

There are two things with which Hollywood has a spotty record. The first is making decent films out of popular fiction. Notice I didn’t say successful films from popular fiction, but decent.

Hello, My Name Is Rebecca: Wild Flag Q&A

Hello, My Name Is Rebecca: Wild Flag Q&A

IE: Now that you are a veteran of a supergroup, does that open up doors to a supergroup secret society? Rebecca Cole: [Laughs.] Yeah! Actually, we get together with Chickenfoot every now and again

File: April 2012

File: April 2012

The Portillo’s Music Shell? President Obama flushed his Al Green capital down the toilet when he butchered the word “Lollapalooza” in his explanation for the G-8 deserting Chicago.

Gear: April 2012

Gear: April 2012

If Joe Strummer, Thurston Moore, and Kurt Cobain can have their have their own signature guitars, why not Jeff Tweedy?

Media: April 2012

Media: April 2012

Both children and their parents love singer/songwriter Ralph Covert‘s “Ralph’s World” indie-pop CDs.

Studiophile: April 2012

Studiophile: April 2012

Scott Lucas is best known as the singer/guitarist for the two-man, Chicago rock band Local H. But recently, he has broadened his musical scope and greatly expanded his lineup, pulling together a collective of musicians

Sweet Home: April 2012

Sweet Home: April 2012

Eric Davis does not look like the stereotypical bluesman. His muscular frame is typically adorned in fitted tanks or vests, and his shaved head is always covered with his trademark bandanna. His arms are emblazoned with tattoos and his face with a goatee.

Ben Kweller will play Lincoln Hall, Chicago 3/31/12

March into spring!

My neighbor’s testing a new lawn mower. Some friends’ mother was complaining that our property looks drab without new mulch. Our wife wants outside seating at the restaurant. It’s still March, dangit! Ben Kweller, Cheers Elephant, Beak, and Needtobreathe know; Joe Budden and Kasabian represent the summery future.

Beyond the grassy knoll

Beyond the grassy knoll

What kind of person names their kid “Shooter”? What in-bred, gun-loving . . . Waylon Jennings, you say? Oh. Well, then. Shooter Jennings is in town this week, as are Bowerbirds, Dry The River, Hunx, and Of Monsters And Men.

Of Shows & Shows

Of Shows & Shows

Bands still on tours that hit SXSW continue to scamper around the country, partly explaining the flood of shows that close out March. The Magnetic Fields, Rhyton, Of Montreal, and Janus rush in.