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File: August 2012

File: August 2012

Last month, Eagle Rock released Muddy Waters & The Rolling Stones’ Checkerboard Lounge Live Chicago 1981 CD/DVD combo, a thrilling document of the pair’s secret local gig when the Stones were in town on tour.

Around Hear: August 2012

Around Hear: August 2012

The journey from carpenter to musician only took Joe Pug four years, and it’s already proven to be the right career change. On his sophomore effort, Pug, surrounded by several great musicians, proves he can hang with the singer/songwriter stylings of Dylan and the folk sounds of Wilco.

Digital Divide: August 2012

Digital Divide: August 2012

Boss: Season One Lionsgate It has become increasingly clear that the quality of programming on the major networks has been in a serious nose dive for almost a decade. There used to be a time when serious, thoughtful dramas and well-written comedies were actually the norm. Apparently, with a few rare exceptions, those went out […]

Caught In A Mosh: August 2012

Caught In A Mosh: August 2012

Listen to enough U.S. talk radio these days, and one could believe he or she lives in the land of a vintage Vince Locke Cannibal Corpse album cover. On a pink Miami highway ramp lie two leaking men: one is stripped, ass-up, and stiff, bleeding out from a bullet hole in the back.

Media: August 2012

Media: August 2012

Remember Michael Essany? He’s the teen who hosted a nighttime public access talk show in his parents’ Valparaiso living room from 1997 to 2007. In 2003 and 2004, he starred on an eponymous reality show on E! and was poised to take over late-night television.

Sweet Home: August 2012

Sweet Home: August 2012

Belting out lyrics with pleasing raspiness and punctuating them with kicks, Peaches Staten sings with the conviction and sass of a seasoned blues singer. She prowls the stage like she’s scraped her way through swamps and gutbucket bars to snag recognition. Except she hasn’t.

Studiophile: August 2012

Studiophile: August 2012

Chicago-based We Feed Alone has tracked and mastered its self-titled debut. The CD was produced, recorded, and mixed by Steven Gillis (Filter, Naked Raygun, Munroe) at Transient Sound in Chicago.

Gear: August 2012

Gear: August 2012

Summer’s here and the time is right for some dancing in the street and a little NAMM show product wrap-up . . . Allen & Heath ZED60-14FX Mixer Longtime English live sound boffin Allen & Heath has launched its ZED60-14FX, an affordable and compact analog mixer that is ideal for small bands and venues.

Mail merge

Mail merge

One of the furthest ideas from Metal Mergence festival this weekend is the classic mail-merge in Microsoft’s Excel. Luckily, it’s not the only game in town, with Rebecca Gates and Eleni Mandell also in town.

The Coast with the most

The Coast with the most

Liking Best Coast doesn’t mean you have to like Spin‘s “power couple” cover story on Wavves’ Nathan Williams and BC’s Bethany Cosentino. You can still go to this weekend’s show, or see Black Box Revelation, Ponderosa, Supreme Cuts, Blues Control, and Louden Swain.

Trace Adkins live!

Trace Adkins live!

When a guy is 6 feet 6 inches, it doesn’t take much to make a grand entrance. All of Trace Adkins, cowboy boots and black hat, burst through a couple of barn doors July 20th at the Rialto Square Theater, bowed to the crowd, and started telling stories.

Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival pics!

Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival pics!

Slipknot, Slayer, Motorhead, Anthrax, As I Lay Dying, Whitechapel, and more swarmed (like locusts) down on First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre on July 21st, and IE was there with a camera.

Def Leppard & Poison pics

Def Leppard & Poison pics

Pop metal was always a visual package as well, so with our review why not enjoy some more shots from Thursday night’s revival in Rosemont.

Def Leppard & Poison live!

Def Leppard & Poison live!

The ’80s were revived last Thursday night, as two of the decade’s premiere arena bands invaded Allstate Arena on the “Rock Of Ages” tour. Def Leppard, with their longest-standing lineup still intact, played their middle-aged crowd a 120-minute-plus career-spanning set that included all of their big hits

Seal performs at Ravinia Festival 2012

Seal & Macy Gray live!

Throughout the past 20 years and some change, Seal has regularly switched up his musical personality, whether that be the alternative rocker, romantic balladeer, or electro-pop hit maker. Now 49, it’s only natural to find him mellowing over projects like 2008’s Soul (143/Warner Bros.) and last year’s sequel.

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