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Cover Story: Local H • “Navigating The Maze”

Cover Story: Local H • “Navigating The Maze”

| September 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

  Local H are lifers. That much should be evident to even those with only a casual knowledge of the band’s career over their 30-plus year history. The band consists of singer/songwriter/guitarist Scott Lucas and drummer Ryan Harding, who released their debut record Ham Fisted back in 1995, followed by As Good As Dead a […]

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Cover Story: Ministry • “My House is My Art”

Cover Story: Ministry • “My House is My Art”

| August 31, 2021 | 0 Comments

  Any other modern bandleader would be a tad nervous, if not downright filled with floor pacing anxiety. But not calm, cool, and collected Svengali Al Jourgensen. Sure, his notorious, pioneering industrial outfit Ministry is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year by — gulp! — heading out on post-lockdown, but mid-Delta-variant tour, which hits Chicago […]

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Cover Story + Podcast : Rise Against • “Mission Statement”

Cover Story + Podcast : Rise Against • “Mission Statement”

| August 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

For the members of Rise Against, the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the live event industry in 2020 provided something wholly unfamiliar for the band: downtime. “It’s kinda madness, when you look back on it all and think about what we did, and then managed to create this band and all the albums we […]

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Cover Story: Royal Blood • “No More Dirty Mirrors”

Cover Story: Royal Blood • “No More Dirty Mirrors”

| May 31, 2021 | 0 Comments

    When you’re young, the adages you get handed as advice from your elders might sound cheap and corny — ‘Be careful what you wish for,’ ‘Adversity often leads to great art,’ ‘What doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger.’ “Uh-huh,” most kids always nod begrudgingly, with a ‘Whatever’ eye roll, “I’ll be […]

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Cover Story: Del Amitri • “In The Flesh”

Cover Story: Del Amitri • “In The Flesh”

| April 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

  Over the years, Justin Currie seems to have survived the turbulent music industry on his shrewd wits alone. And he does not suffer any less street-savvy fools gladly. Take, for example, when the Del Amitri frontman was padding his income a few years ago, working part-time as a bartender in his native Glasgow. If […]

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Cover Story: Cheap Trick

Cover Story: Cheap Trick

| March 31, 2021 | 0 Comments

At a seasoned 72, Rick Nielsen is the Frank Buck of the rock and roll world. By his own admission — and he’s not bragging, just stating the facts — the Cheap Trick axeman and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has bagged and brought home over 2,000 guitars in his lifetime. His trophy room […]

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Cover Story: The Pretty Reckless

Cover Story: The Pretty Reckless

| February 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

You’ve got to hand it to perfectionist Pretty Reckless anchor Taylor Momsen. Aesthetically, the 27-year-old knows exactly what she wants, down to the smallest accent — the minute, meticulous attention to detail you rarely experience these haphazard, slapdash days. To summarize her quartet’s mortality-themed new album (now #1 on Billboard‘s Album Chart) Death By Rock and […]

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Cover Story – Pale Waves

Cover Story – Pale Waves

| January 31, 2021 | 0 Comments

If anyone didn’t know it when she first got into showbiz as a wide-eyed, small-town British naif, they know it now — Pale Waves front-vixen Heather Baron-Gracie pulls no punches, suffers no fools gladly, and always shoots straight from the hip. She’s justifiably proud of her newfound industry acumen, and she’s even developed an alter […]

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Cover Story: George Thorogood

Cover Story: George Thorogood

| December 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

By all accounts, it was a triumphant prodigal-son homecoming: The night of November 23, 1982. when the newly-crowned Tazmanian Devil of roadhouse-scruffy blues George Thorogood and his backing band The Destroyers tornadoed back into their adopted hometown of Boston sprawling, 27-song set at a club then known as the Bradford Ballroom. After making his mark […]

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Cover Story: The Smashing Pumpkins

Cover Story: The Smashing Pumpkins

| November 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

Oh, that irascible old Billy Corgan. Even in a foreboding, energy-sapping, pandemic Plague Year, you just can’t take him ANYWHERE. It was a solid, thought-provoking opening question, intended to kick-start our recent interview with the man about CYR! The remarkably-assured new double-record set from Smashing Pumpkins, its 11th, featuring the mostly-original lineup of James Iha […]

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Cover Story:  Steve Kilbey

Cover Story: Steve Kilbey

| November 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

Serenity is where you find it; Steve Kilbey has decided, mid-pandemic. And in his beachside home in gorgeous Sydney, Australia, it’s something that the spiritual-minded Church frontman has been actively seeking, from the moment he awakens every potentially-oppressive day. First of all, he says, “I have to be near the sea, I need to see […]

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Cover Story: Mastodon

Cover Story: Mastodon

| September 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

In the cold, clinical coronavirus age, no gift horse should ever be looked at directly in the mouth, reckons Mastodon drummer/lyricist Brann Dailor. So, take the Grammy-winning prog-metal outfit’s latest odds-and-sods anthology Medium Rarities at face value — as a surprise mid-pandemic present to diehard fans, featuring the jarring new juggernaut “Fallen Torches,” alongside a […]

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Cover Story: The Bobby Lees

Cover Story: The Bobby Lees

| August 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

Oddsmakers could never correctly assess it. Fortune tellers could never predict it. And even the shrewdest talent scout this side of Col. Tom Parker could never pinpoint with any historical accuracy exactly where, when, or how tomorrow’s Next Big Thing would be arriving in the music world. Rock stars — however carefully cultivated they might […]

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Cover Story: The Go-Go’s – Document This!

Cover Story: The Go-Go’s – Document This!

| August 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

Not that anyone should sink so deep into navel-gazing that they find fuzzy lint in these reflective post-pandemic times, but — as many folks are discovering — all this imposed downtime can lead to some eye-opening, perhaps life-changing introspection. The kind that might otherwise go unobserved back when we were all rushing through our hectic, […]

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Hello My Name is…Mike Peters of The Alarm

Hello My Name is…Mike Peters of The Alarm

| July 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

by Tom Lanham You can hand Mike Peters the sourest, acrid batch of lemons ever harvested and the scrappy Alarm bandleader will make a refreshing, ice-cold pitcher of tasty lemonade with it every single time. This Welshman has often endured more hardships in a single month than most so-called rock survivors endure in a lifetime, […]

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