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Photo Gallery: Wolf Alice at The Vic Theatre • Chicago

Photo Gallery: Wolf Alice at The Vic Theatre • Chicago

| November 9, 2021 | 0 Comments

Wolf Alice The Vic Theatre November 8, 2021  Chicago, IL Recap and photos by Curt Baran On their third album Blue Weekend, London’s Wolf Alice went all-in with a big, vibrant sound and heavy emotions to match. Their tour of the same name recently brought them to the Vic Theatre, and the quintet (fleshed out this time […]

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Hello My Name Is…Billy

Hello My Name Is…Billy

| June 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

You’ve got to hand it to storied Cult guitarist Billy Duffy — he doesn’t bury the lede when it comes to late-breaking news stories. Only a minute into a recent phone call to discuss Coloursound — the ephemeral side project he and Alarm vocalist Mike Peters launched, then abandoned with a single album back in […]

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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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The Lockdown Interviews • Hen Ogledd

The Lockdown Interviews • Hen Ogledd

| January 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

Given the turbulent, truly batshit-crazy year that we’ve all just staggered through, it was easy to overlook a lot of great, often idiosyncratic albums that continued to be released, pandemic be damned. And we’d like to pause, catch our mask-in-place breath, and bring you up to speed on a few obscure aural delights you might […]

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Featured: The Avalanches

Featured: The Avalanches

| January 4, 2021 | 0 Comments

“Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door,” goes the old Emerson-attributed adage. And Australian producer-multi-instrumentalist Robbie Chater can definitely relate. Back in 2000, his unassuming but ambitious little electronic trio The Avalanches came up with a debut disc like no other before it, the buzz-crackling Since I Left […]

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Featured: Lindsey Stirling – “Home For The Holidays”

Featured: Lindsey Stirling – “Home For The Holidays”

| December 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

  It’s hard to believe, but yes, it’s that time of year again — the usually festive, Frosty-and-Rudolph, tacky-sweater-sporting Yuletide season, when everyone, even that spindly little Charlie Brown conifer, gets spruced up for the occasion. But if you’re having a tough time getting out of grumbling Grinch mode, imagine how it’s been for poor […]

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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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Feature: The Mission

Feature: The Mission

| September 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

It was literally the last thing Wayne Hussey expected. His classic British goth-rock outfit, The Mission, had been on an extensive tour of Europe in March when the coronavirus started shutting down venue after venue until the situation got so desperate that he barely made it back to his new hometown of Sao Paulo, Brazil, […]

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Feature: G.E. Smith and LeRoy Bell

Feature: G.E. Smith and LeRoy Bell

| September 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

Timing, they say, is everything. There’s no possible way that legendary Long Island-based musicologist and guitar slinger G.E. Smith could have predicted meeting Washington state-reared, soul stylist LeRoy Bell roughly a year ago, or that they would hit it off so well that they would enter the studio to launch a new duo only two […]

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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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Hello, My Name Is: Ian Gillan of Deep Purple

Hello, My Name Is: Ian Gillan of Deep Purple

| August 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

Ian Gillan admits that it’s a strange, surreal time to be releasing a new album. But the Deep Purple vocalist was justifiably proud of his band’s latest Whoosh! comeback, overseen by legendary, sound-effects-favoring producer Bob Ezrin, of Alice Cooper and Kiss Destroyer renown. “And Bob is the same age as us,” notes Gillan, who will […]

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Q&A: Gin Whigmore – Glass Half Full

Q&A: Gin Whigmore – Glass Half Full

| August 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

If there’s anything that our current claustrophobic coronavirus crisis has made clear, it’s this: One person’s shuttered, brain-clouding lockdown is another’s key to swinging the door open wide on an unexpected new creativity. Take New Zealand-bred R&B-rock chanteuse Gin Wigmore, for example. A few months ago, she had just given birth to her second son […]

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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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