Category: Interviews

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

Robert Randolph On Brighter Days, The Staple Singers And More (Concert Preview: Thursday, February 6, 2020 At City Winery)

Robert Randolph On Brighter Days, The Staple Singers And More (Concert Preview: Thursday, February 6, 2020 At City Winery)
Over the course of six studio albums since 2003, Robert Randolph & The Family Band have used their music to pick people up. Coming out of the Pentecostal church, pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph entered the non-secular world alongside keyboardist John Medeski and members of the North Mississippi Allstars on the self-titled 2001 album The Word, exposing... Read more »

Glen Phillips Of Toad The Wet Sprocket Explains Just What Happened In Schaumburg (Concert Preview: January 16, 2020 With Chris Barron At City Winery)

Glen Phillips Of Toad The Wet Sprocket Explains Just What Happened In Schaumburg (Concert Preview: January 16, 2020 With Chris Barron At City Winery)
During the 90s alternative music boom period, Toad the Wet Sprocket was making introspective music that dealt with life’s larger issues at a time when angst and edge made for a more popular facade. Singer, songwriter and guitarist Glen Phillips has taken that a step further in his solo career, particularly on his most recent... Read more »

Nicholas Tremulis On Turning 60 And The Importance Of Improvisation (A Nicholas Tremulis And The Prodigal 9 Concert Preview - January 9, 2020 At City Winery)

Nicholas Tremulis On Turning 60 And The Importance Of Improvisation (A Nicholas Tremulis And The Prodigal 9 Concert Preview - January 9, 2020 At City Winery)
While it’s a steadfast desire to push his music forward that’s defined the career of Chicago’s Nicholas Tremulis, turning 60 has provided a good reason for a rare look back. Since his debut on a pair of major label albums released by Island Records in 1985 and ’87, Tremulis has worked with an impressive array of... Read more »
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Q&A Interview With Femdot (Friday, December 21, 2018 At Lincoln Hall)

Q&A Interview With Femdot (Friday, December 21, 2018 At Lincoln Hall)

Gearing up for his first set at home in Chicago since Lollapalooza, I spoke with rapper Femdot about his summer appearance on stage in Grant Park, performing with a full backing band, endowing a partial college scholarship and what's in store for Friday night's show at Lincoln Hall with opening acts L.A. VanGogh and Shawnee Dez... ...

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... ...
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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...

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...
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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...