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.
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.
Boss: Season One
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 with VCRs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Summer’s here and the time is right for some dancing in the street and a little NAMM show product wrap-up . . .
Allen & Heath
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.