The perks of being a wallflower
Steven Tyler revs his engines
Maybe Judd Apatow can shed light on the phenomenon Milo Greene encounters each time the Los Angeles-based quintet loads in at smaller clubs across the country: cartoonish genitalia.
IE: You don’t let one day go by without buying a record. What is today’s selection?
Henry Rollins: Well, I haven’t bought it yet, but the day is young. There’s a band from Finland that I like a lot. Well, it’s a guy and he records under the name Uton and he makes a lot of [...]
Though the initial (and title) cut on Ride My Junk is only so-so, once Atomic Shop kicks into gear, John Kuczaj’s studio-only project hits a fun groove. From “Green Lantern,” a rollicking ode to the famed comic-book hero, to a forceful cover of Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah’s “Lake Shore Drive,” the 13 tunes – which range [...]
WHAT ARE YOU DOING NEW YEAR’S EVE?
Any day now the elves at The Lite (WLIT-FM, 93.9) will flip that red and green garland-wrapped lever they keep in a back room next to the reserve stash of Coffee-mate creamers and beat us into submission with a non-stop playlist of cheery Christmas carols. Worried you’re developing tinnitus? [...]
Magical Mystery Tour
At the halfway point of their career, The Beatles found the pedal marked “creative experimentation” and floored it. The three years between 1965 and 1967 saw them release the most stunningly original albums in the rock era with Rubber Soul, Revolver, and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. It was a devastating trifecta [...]
Attempting to make it as a New Yorker and failing carries with it a few stories. Here is a doozy: I once lived next door to an Irish nurse who would drop a bowling ball on the floor after midnight because she didn’t like the Brazilian couple downstairs. She threw boric acid on their child. [...]
Open any newspaper or media website and you’re likely to see more hard news bylines belonging to men than women – and even fewer by minorities.
But it’s not part of a conspiracy, says Michele Weldon, seminar leader at The OpEd Project.
“The gender gap in most all cases is not deliberate. It is a matter of [...]
Wayne Baker Brooks has always been a rebel. While most blues musicians were weaned on a steady diet of classic blues, he also listened to house music, ’80s rock, and hip-hop. While most scions of blues legends gain musical schooling from the masters themselves, Brooks is self-taught. And while most musicians regularly perform riveting examples [...]
Jaguar 50th Anniversary
The Fender Jaguar electric guitar is 50 years old. Wow.
Unveiled in 1962, it was the last and arguably, most criticized of the guitar maker’s four signature electric guitars to be introduced, and, as it turned out, the last major “six-stringer” by Leo Fender whose name is still adorned on the headstock. No [...]
Longtime studio owner/engineer Michael Kolar has upgraded his Chicago-based SOUNDSCAPE STUDIOS with Carl Tatz Design’s (CTD) acclaimed PhantomFocus System, a monitor tuning protocol that stands above all other possible control room upgrades.
“When you can mix from instinct and taste as opposed to compensating for playback anomalies, the sky is the limit,” Kolar contends. “At the [...]
Concert preview: Leon Russell
Country queen shakes up sleepy suburb
The lighting gods were not with our photographer Ed Spinelli during Saturday’s Afghan Whigs show at Metro, but the shadows do give the shots a Halloween flair. (Hey, over here at the IE offices we believe in turning pumpkins into pumpkin spice lattes.)