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Cover Story: Tenacious D

Cover Story: Tenacious D

Following the undisputed success of their debut album and given the experience of a cult-favorite HBO series, letting Tenacious D make a movie seemed the logical thing to do. Few expected 2006’s Tenacious D In The Pick Of Destiny

Interview: The dB's

Interview: The dB’s

However few they may have been at the time (or remain still today), those of a certain age with some degree of rock enlightenment in the 1980s found a moment of pure pop incandescence in The dB’s‘ (however seemingly brief) rise to

Interview: Like Pioneers

Interview: Like Pioneers

When it comes to Chicago’s fraternal indie-rock pool, few outfits are in as deeply as Like Pioneers. In fact, it wouldn’t be that far-fetched to suggest the quintet is an underground supergroup of sorts, thanks to former

Around Hear: June 2012

Around Hear: June 2012

With an acoustic guitar and a sweet, Midwestern croon, singer/songwriter Heather Styka sings her heart out on Lifeboats For Atlantis. Styka’s sincerity and a knack for vivid storytelling permeate the 14 tracks. Traces of Janis Joplin, Karen

Caught In A Mosh: June 2012

Caught In A Mosh: June 2012

Our July 2007 cover story on Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival at Toyota Park focused on the increasingly limited role of lead guitarists in pop music. Les Paul and Jim Marshall have since died, meanwhile potential investors have been

Digital Divide: June 2012

Digital Divide: June 2012

It’s got to be quite a daunting task: how do you make the transition from creating an iconic film character beloved around the world, to leaving it behind and staking your claim to a long and successful career? Some, like Sean Connery, manage

File: June 2012

File: June 2012

In what was expected to be a slam-dunk conviction, Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan acquitted Justin Pivec of aggravated battery in 2010’s brutal beating of Madina Lake bassist

Hello, My Name Is Jackie

Hello, My Name Is Jackie

IE: It’s been 28 years since The Jacksons hit the road. Why did this summer feel right for the “Unity” Tour? Jackie Jackson: We decided we should go out because the fans kept calling us and saying we should tour.

Hello, My Name Is Kelly

Hello, My Name Is Kelly

IE: You recorded your first solo album in more than a decade, at Hollywood’s famed EastWest Studios. Kelly Hogan: There’s just so much history – it’s an iceberg of history. My vocals were going through the echo chamber that Frank Sinatra used on “It Was A Very Good Year” and “My Way,” so I could […]

Gear: June 2012

Gear: June 2012

New Jersey-based Tech 21 went “one louder” by introducing a live version of its popular Liverpool pedal from the SansAmp Character Series — available direct through their Private Stock Division. According to a company press release, as a boutique pedal quantities are extremely limited. The SansAmp Liverpool Deluxe features a combination of an all-analog signal […]

Media: June 2012

Media: June 2012

After nearly a year without a commercial alternative-rock station, Chicago has now has two — both of which pay homage to the old Q101: WKQX-LP on 87.7-FM and Q101 on WJJG-AM (1530).

Studiophile: June 2012

Studiophile: June 2012

Yakuza are following up their Pro-found Lore debut, Of Seismic Consequence, which was jonesed on several national 2010 “best-of” end-of-year lists and was widely heralded as the band’s best album to date.

Sweet Home: June 2012

Sweet Home: June 2012

Michael “Iron Man” Burks was the kind of bluesman who endeared everyone to him. If you didn’t fall in love with his gritty vocals and fierce guitar licks, you were captured by his humble charm and hardworking attitude.

World's longest Canasta match

World’s longest Canasta match

Chess games get all the hype, but Chicago’s Canasta have dealt their indie-pop rummy into a second decade this month! Also as June opens: Two Brothers Hop Juice fest, The Cult, Sonny Landreth, and Margot & The Nuclear So And So’s.

Mayday! Mayday!

Mayday! Mayday!

May’s going down! Before it all ends and we head into the unknown — has anyone named the next month yet, for God’s sake???!!! — live every day like your rockin’ last with Big Science, Emeli Sandé, Patrick Watson, and Machine Gun Kelly.

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