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Hello, My Name Is… Butch Walker

Hello, My Name Is… Butch Walker

| June 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

Mega-producer and solo artist Butch Walker fully understands the dire scope of our current coronavirus pandemic, which is forcing folks all over the world to shelter in claustrophobic place while the worst passes. But — truth be told — he’s noticed no tangible difference in his day to day Malibu activities, he swears. “I’m at […]

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Q&A: House of Lords’ James Christian

Q&A: House of Lords’ James Christian

| June 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

One optimistic upside to our current coronavirus pandemic, wherever you happen to be in the world? You and your family are forced to shelter in place together. The downside? Err, you and your family are forced to shelter in place together. And House of Lords anchor James Christian admits that he’s learned some hard lessons […]

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Featured: Jay O’Rourke Band

Featured: Jay O’Rourke Band

| June 2, 2020 | 0 Comments

Like many musicians releasing music during the pandemic, Jay O’Rourke had different plans before the virus hit. His band’s new 5–song EP was originally scheduled as a full-length album, but COVID-19 changed all that. The acclaimed guitarist’s third release in four years shows he’s incredibly prolific. Boom Daddy Boom continues a course he charted on […]

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Cover Story: Tim Burgess

Cover Story: Tim Burgess

| June 2, 2020 | 0 Comments

Benjamin Disraeli believed that “Change is inevitable; change is constant.” John F. Kennedy reckoned that “Change is the law of life, and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” But leave it to Charles Darwin to summarize it best: “It is not the strongest of the species […]

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Media – June 2020

Media – June 2020

| June 2, 2020 | 0 Comments

Marc Silverman was already having a tough go of it, trying to do a sports talk radio show (Waddle & Silvy, afternoons, ESPN Radio AM 1000) in a time with no live sports, when he began to suspect there might be something wrong with his health. “I didn’t really have any symptoms. I wasn’t feeling […]

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Featured: My Back Pages

Featured: My Back Pages

| May 13, 2020 | 1 Comment

First, let me preface this with a little disclaimer. Call me a misanthrope, but — in all my 40-plus years of rock journalism — I have never really been a sharer, outside of my stories. I see no use for social media; I don’t care what your opinion of my work happens to be; this […]

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Spins: Local H • LIFERS

Spins: Local H • LIFERS

| May 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

LOCAL HLIFERS(AntiFragile) Twenty-five years after their debut, Scott Lucas’ Local H continues to defy the odds – not only by producing aggressive music that still matters but by being a band that appeals to both city and suburban crowds. Their musical magnetism continues to be strong across both musical spectrums, and that’s no small feat. […]

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Spins: Cy Curnin • Lockdown

Spins: Cy Curnin • Lockdown

| May 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

Cy Curnin Lockdown (Self) Fixx frontman Cy Curnin has returned with Lockdown, his fifth solo LP, his latest since 2013’s The Horse’s Mouth. The town crier continues to roam the global village with a sweet voice that conveys bitter truths when it must. That voice may not always bring comfort, but it nonetheless assures us […]

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File: Hello My Name Is… Cherie Currie

File: Hello My Name Is… Cherie Currie

| May 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

A full decade ago, ex-Runaways “front fox” Cherie Currie began work on Blvds of Splendor with former Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum producing. But a funny thing happened on the way to the glam-rock forum. “The plan was to get it done and get it out there,” she says of the set, which […]

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Media – May 2020

Media – May 2020

| May 1, 2020 | 1 Comment

The Mix Morning show (WTMX, 101.9FM) is now officially called Eric in the Morning with Melissa and Whip. After an unprecedented run of success during morning drive time in Chicago, everyone knows Eric Ferguson, the star of the show. Most also know Melissa McGurren, a trusted co-host for many years. But who in the world […]

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Cover Story: Lucinda Williams

Cover Story: Lucinda Williams

| April 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

Many artists — when looking back on their catalogs — often wish that they could have done better, compositionally speaking. Hindsight, of course, is 20/20. But when Grammy-winning folk-rocker Lucinda Williams undertook her comprehensive tour last year, celebrating the 20th anniversary of her landmark third Car Wheels on a Gravel Road effort, she never once […]

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Feature: Testament and Exodus – Coping with COVID

Feature: Testament and Exodus – Coping with COVID

| April 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

On paper, it looked like a brilliant idea — the recent comprehensive “Bay Strikes Back” month-long tour of Europe, featuring Bay Area thrash-metal stalwarts Testament, Exodus, and Death Angel. It was just the timing — Feb. 6 to March 11 — that proved a bit unfortunate. It happened to coincide with the appearance of the […]

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Q&A: Randy Blythe from Lamb of God

Q&A: Randy Blythe from Lamb of God

| April 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

D. Randall Blythe — Randy to friends and family — understands that it doesn’t quite fit his profile as the dreadlocked, feral-throated frontman for molten metal outfit Lamb of God. But this Virginian doesn’t care. Right now, at this perilous point in time, and after everything he’s survived — including detention in a Czech Republic […]

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Spins – The Boomtown Rats • “Citizens of Boomtown”

Spins – The Boomtown Rats • “Citizens of Boomtown”

| April 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Boomtown Rats Citizens of Boomtown (BMG) The Irish rockers’ first album in 36 years finds them reinvigorated and ready to do the Rat. Citizens of Boomtown’s palette connects to the group’s history while flinging them into sonic settings not yet invented when the group hung up its tails in 1986. Singer Bob Geldof has […]

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Feature – The Claudettes

Feature – The Claudettes

| April 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

Symphonic cartoon-music maestro Raymond Scott meets titanic blues pianist Otis Spann meets punk iconoclasts the Minutemen. The Stooges meet Burt Bacharach, without the horns. French yé-yé pop at the old west saloon. These off-kilter combinations aren’t deliberately ironic; they’re legitimate attempts to make an elevator pitch for Chicago’s baffling, delightful, and utterly unique band The […]

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