Q&A Interview With Jim Heath of The Reverend Horton Heat

Q&A Interview With Jim Heath of The Reverend Horton Heat
Headed back to town for shows this weekend Friday night at Double Door and Saturday at Wicker Park Festival, I spoke with Reverend Horton Heat frontman Jim Heath about the influence that his home state of Texas has had on his music, as well as the impact former Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten had on the latest Reverend Horton Heat release, REV.. ...

Concert Review: Outkast Live At Summerfest (Sunday, June 29 in Milwaukee, WI)

Concert Review: Outkast Live At Summerfest (Sunday, June 29 in Milwaukee, WI)
Headed to town in August as one of the 2014 Lollapalooza headliners,  André Benjamin (André 3000) and Antwan Patton (Big Boi) continued their reunion tour Sunday at Summerfest over the course of ninety minutes at Marcus Amphitheater in Milwaukee... ...

Keep Your Head Up - A Q&A Interview With Andy Grammer (Wednesday, July 2 at House of Blues)

Keep Your Head Up - A Q&A Interview With Andy Grammer (Wednesday, July 2 at House of Blues)
Headed to town for an all ages show Wednesday night at House of Blues, I spoke with singer songwriter, Andy Grammer about his forthcoming album Magazines or Novels and the importance of crafting great songs... ...
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Q&A Interview With Terri Nunn - A Berlin Concert Preview (Tuesday, July 1 at City Winery)

Q&A Interview With Terri Nunn - A Berlin Concert Preview (Tuesday, July 1 at City Winery)
Headed to town for a show Tuesday night at City Winery, I spoke with Berlin's Terri Nunn about her new, EDM influenced album Animal, Berlin's role at the forefront of American, electronic music in the late seventies, what can happen when a band places a song on one of the most successful soundtracks of all time and the legacy of "Take My Breath Away...

Concert Preview: 2014 Old St. Pat's World's Largest Block Party (Friday, June 27 and Saturday, June 28)

Concert Preview: 2014 Old St. Pat's World's Largest Block Party (Friday, June 27 and Saturday, June 28)
Celebrating it's thirtieth anniversary, the World's Largest Block Party returns to the West Loop this weekend featuring live performances from Guster, G. Love & Special Sauce, The Mowgli's, Vintage Blue, Third Eye Blind and more.  I spoke with Old St. Pat's pastor, Father Tom Hurley and Vintage Blue singer/guitarist Ben Bassett about what it is that sets the Block Party apart from the rest of the Chicago neighborhood festival scene... ...

Interview: Dar Williams Talks About The 20th Anniversary Of The Honesty Room (Saturday, June 14 At The Old Town School)

Interview: Dar Williams Talks About The 20th Anniversary Of The Honesty Room (Saturday, June 14 At The Old Town School)
Headed to town for a full performance of one of her most enduring albums Saturday, June 14 at the Old Town School of Folk Music, I spoke with singer-songwriter Dar Williams about the phenomenon of performing an album in its entirety, whether the meaning of personal lyrical fare can change over two decades and the enduring legacy of her seminal album The Honesty Room... ...
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A Q&A Interview With Camila Grey - An Uh Huh Her Concert Preview (Tuesday, May 6 at Lincoln Hall)

A Q&A Interview With Camila Grey - An Uh Huh Her Concert Preview (Tuesday, May 6 at Lincoln Hall)
Headed to town for a show Tuesday night at Lincoln Hall, I spoke with multi-instrumentalist and Uh Huh Her co-founder Camila Grey about the electro-pop duo's new album Future Souls and the future of music itself from somewhere in Iowa amidst an Uh Huh Her spring tour of the midwest... ...

On Shuffle - The Week In Rock: May 3, 2014

On Shuffle - The Week In Rock: May 3, 2014
The week in rock:  Random thoughts for the music fan on CIMMfest 2014 and Lucha VaVOOM... Plus the official 2014 lineup for the "Downtown Sound" series of FREE Monday night concerts featuring Bob Mould, Richard Thompson, Maps & Atlases and more... ...

Q&A Interview With Jason Narducy - A Split Single Concert Preview (Saturday, April 5 at Schubas)

Q&A Interview With Jason Narducy - A Split Single Concert Preview (Saturday, April 5 at Schubas)
Headed home for a record release party Saturday night at Schubas, I spoke with Evanston native and former Verbow frontman Jason Narducy about his latest project Split Single and the release of the debut album Fragmented World earlier this week… ...
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Speaking Words: A Q&A Interview With Scott Ian Of Anthrax

Speaking Words: A Q&A Interview With Scott Ian Of Anthrax
Recently in town to kick off the North American leg of his new "Speaking Words" tour, I spoke with guitarist and founding member of thrash metal icons Anthrax, Scott Ian about his new spoken word tour, his thoughts on performing in Chicago over the course of nearly thirty years as well as about upcoming DVD and book releases he's working on to commemorate this new chapter of his career...
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    Jim Ryan has written about music in print and online for a variety of Chicagoland publications for over fifteen years. In addition to duties filling in as Traffic Anchor on CLTV or in the helicopter on NBC 5, you can also catch him Sunday nights at 6PM central as host of "The Rock N' Roll Radio Program" on AM 1420 WIMS and AM 1060 WHFB (streaming at wimsradio.com and via the TuneIn Radio app for the smart phone or tablet). Jim has also worked locally for WXRT-FM, lives within walking distance of the Metro and is an avid White Sox and Blackhawks fan whose first live concert experience came at Comiskey Park in 1984 during the Jacksons' "Victory" tour.

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