You wouldn’t know it to look at him. But bearded, flannel-shirted folk-rocker Ben Bridwell – of Band Of Horses renown – is quite the sports enthusiast.
“Mr. Blue Sky” . . . “Evil Woman” . . . “Can’t Get It Out Of My Head” . . . “Handle With Care” . . . “Free Fallin’” . . . “Runnin’ Down A Dream” . . . “You Got It” . . . “Got My Mind Set On You” . . . “Free […]
If there was ever a time for The Faint to return to active duty, it would be right now.
The search for a young guitar savior has flummoxed the blues for years. Glimpses of hope appeared here and there over the last decade, only to be buried among the millennial musical confusion. But none carried as much promise and pedigree as Gary Clark Jr. A fixture on the storied Austin music scene since the […]
When Dungeon Of Noise studio owner/engineer A.J. Storm took ownership of the former ARS Studio space in Alsip, he started planning upgrades to the space (which was founded in the glam-rock year of 1974) immediately. The latest and largest puzzle piece was the purchase of the “Mercedes” of studio consoles: a Solid State Logic SL9056J. […]
When the John Records Landecker Show ended in 2003, radio producer Rick Kaempfer left the industry and started writing books, beginning with 2004’s The Radio Producer’s Handbook (co-written with John Swanson). In 2007 he followed up with $everance – a scathing satirical novel about the sad state of corporate radio. Kaempfer says things have only […]
Gear takes a look at this year’s batch of “Made In The U.S.A.” musical gifts. While it’s easy to get enticed by cheaper-priced Asian-made wares, smaller U.S.-based manufacturers (two right here in Chicagoland!) are taking advantage of changing customer tastes and favorable exchange rates by offering higher quality domestic-made products. Here are a few of […]
Live On ‘XRT One grand tradition refuses to go the digital route. When you pick up a copy of ONXRT: Live From The Archives, Volume 14 starting on Dec. 4 at local Target stores (or at Target.com) have a set of keys, a pen, or any relatively sharp object (fingernails included, but why ruin a […]
So here we are again. Seems that another year has rolled by, and now the pressure is on to indulge in the spirit of giving and pony up some hard-earned cash in order to avoid having the albatross of handing out the lamest gift hanging around our necks. Don’t worry. As curator and guardian of […]
Paul O’Neill is finding it difficult getting into the Christmas spirit this year. The last of his guests arrived last night, and today they’re putting the finishing touches on the annual holiday lights display. The patriarch of the family is certain this year his lights will impress everyone who gets to see them. (Spoiler: He […]
The self-titled debut from The Ex Senators is more mainstream than its name and the CD’s superhero cover art would suggest. The quintet offers a well-crafted, big rock sound built on guitars, keyboards, and singer/rhythm guitarist Dmac’s full-bodied vocals. Things get more confrontational on the politically charged tracks, “United Corporations Of America” and “Start A […]
This is not the opening credits of “CSI,” this is the real thing
Keeping Christmas swingin’
Epic sitar co-mingles with old stalwarts: guitar and bass
A whiskered troubadour and shit-stirring hip-hop legends