Category: Interviews

Question and answer sessions conducted with artists generally by email or at a live concert venue before or after a concert event.

Wu-Tang Clan Manager Tareef Michael on Chicago Anti-Violence Coalition And The Breaks Music Festival (The Breaks Vol. II - Saturday, September 8, 2018 At Toyota Park In Bridgeview)

Wu-Tang Clan Manager Tareef Michael on Chicago Anti-Violence Coalition And The Breaks Music Festival (The Breaks Vol. II - Saturday, September 8, 2018 At Toyota Park In Bridgeview)
Just about one year ago, legendary New York rap collective Wu-Tang Clan performed their 1993 debut studio album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) in Chicago at Riot Fest 2017. One month before that performance, Wu-Tang manager Tareef Michael arrived in Chicago on a mission to gain a more informed perspective on news reports of the... Read more »

Q&A Interview With Rench - A Gangstagrass Concert Preview (Sunday, August 26, 2018 At Bourbon On Division)

Q&A Interview With Rench - A Gangstagrass Concert Preview (Sunday, August 26, 2018 At Bourbon On Division)
Headed to town for a Sunday night set at Bourbon on Division in Wicker Park, we checked in with Gangstagrass producer Rench about tying together hip-hop and bluegrass, the importance of improvisation, bridging the cultural divide and much more... ...

Podcast Preview - Liner Notes: A Musical Storytelling Series (Records Thursday, August 9, 2018 At GMan Tavern)

Podcast Preview - Liner Notes: A Musical Storytelling Series (Records Thursday, August 9, 2018 At GMan Tavern)
Metro and Smartbar Director of Publicity, and "Liner Notes" host, Shannon Nico Shreibak talks about the August installment of the live podcast series which sees members of Chicago's art and music community telling the stories behind the albums that have had a profound impact upon them. This month's episode records Thursday at 7PM at GMan Tavern and is free to attend...
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Professor Moptop: The Dawn Of The Beatles (Saturday, June 23, 2018 At FitzGerald's In Berwyn)

Professor Moptop: The Dawn Of The Beatles (Saturday, June 23, 2018 At FitzGerald's In Berwyn)
Prepping the release of his first book the Textbook Beatle Project, WXRT's Professor Moptop hosts "The Dawn of The Beatles" Saturday at FitzGerald's. Saturday's lesson features a thorough dissection of the Beatle history that falls between the day John Lennon and Paul McCartney met and the end of 1963, with a performance of era appropriate selections by John San Juan and Tom Szidon...

Q&A Interview With Jenn Jilbert - A Traumabond Concert Preview (Saturday, June 9, 2018 At Underground Lounge)

Q&A Interview With Jenn Jilbert - A Traumabond Concert Preview (Saturday, June 9, 2018 At Underground Lounge)
Celebrating the release of their debut EP Scratched Out, I spoke with Traumabond guitarist and vocalist Jenn Jilbert about the group's new music, an industrial rebirth in Chicago and much more...

Q&A Interview With Speech - An Arrested Development Concert Preview (Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at House of Blues)

Q&A Interview With Speech - An Arrested Development Concert Preview (Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at House of Blues)
Headed back to town for an Arrested Development concert Wednesday night at House of Blues, I spoke with rapper Speech about the role of socially conscious music in divisive times, the need for structure in the wild west world of hip hop sampling and much more...
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Q&A Interview With Dee Jay Silver (Concert Preview: Friday, May 18, 2018 With Jason Aldean At Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre In Tinley Park)

Q&A Interview With Dee Jay Silver (Concert Preview: Friday, May 18, 2018 With Jason Aldean At Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre In Tinley Park)
Headed back to town in support of Jason Aldean Friday night at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, I spoke with DJ and producer Dee Jay Silver about Chicago house music as an early influence, music as a unifying force following the festival shootings this past October in Las Vegas and much more... ...

Q&A Interview With Rick Astley (Concert Preview: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 At House Of Blues)

Q&A Interview With Rick Astley (Concert Preview: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 At House Of Blues)
Headed back to town for the first time in nearly twenty years, I spoke with British singer songwriter, and 80s pop star, Rick Astley about embracing rickrolling, cultivating a friendship on stage with the Foo Fighters, his latest studio album 50 and much more...

Q&A Interview With Kevin Martin - A Candlebox Acoustic Concert Preview (Sunday, April 15 And Monday, April 16, 2018 At City Winery)

Q&A Interview With Kevin Martin - A Candlebox Acoustic Concert Preview (Sunday, April 15 And Monday, April 16, 2018 At City Winery)
Headed back to town for a pair of acoustic performances Sunday and Monday at City Winery, I spoke with Candlebox frontman, and Elgin native, Kevin Martin about emerging from the Seattle scene, moving on from the 90s major label boom, the band's sixth studio album Disappearing In Airports and much more... ...
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Q&A Interview With Dave Hause (Concert Preview: Friday, April 13, 2018 At FitzGerald's In Berwyn)

Q&A Interview With Dave Hause (Concert Preview: Friday, April 13, 2018 At FitzGerald's In Berwyn)
Headed back to town Friday night for a performance with his brother Tim at FitzGerald's, I spoke with Dave Hause about the songwriting process as he readies work on his fourth solo album, the influence of pop on it and much more... ...