Posts in category "Interviews"

'Tis The Season - Musicians Talk About Their Favorite Christmas Music

'Tis The Season - Musicians Talk About Their Favorite Christmas Music
Keeping with the spirit of the season, I spoke with Robin Zander of Cheap Trick, Scott Lucas of Local H, Eddie Spaghetti of the Supersuckers, Kristina Cottone of Honey & The 45's, singer songwriter Mike Doughty, saxman Frank Catalano, bluesman Tom Holland and drummer Steve Luongo about their thoughts on Christmas music and some of their favorite holiday tracks... ...

Q&A Interview With Robin Zander and Steve Luongo - A Robin Zander Band Concert Preview (Saturday, December 20 and Sunday, December 21, 2014 at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles)

Q&A Interview With Robin Zander and Steve Luongo - A Robin Zander Band Concert Preview (Saturday, December 20 and Sunday, December 21, 2014 at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles)
Headed to town for a pair of shows this weekend at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, I spoke with Cheap Trick vocalist/rhythm guitarist Robin Zander and drummer Steve Luongo about their partnership in the Robin Zander Band, covering The Who, an affinity for Christmas tunes and how passion for the music and having fun playing it define the Robin Zander Band...

Q&A Interview With Scott Lucas of Local H (A Scott Lucas & The Married Men Holiday Concert Preview: Saturday, December 20, 2014 at The Hideout)

Q&A Interview With Scott Lucas of Local H (A Scott Lucas & The Married Men Holiday Concert Preview: Saturday, December 20, 2014 at The Hideout)
Busy as always, I chatted this week with Local H frontman Scott Lucas about early work on the band's eighth studio album, this week's release of the second installment of Local H's Awesome Mix Tape covers series, a holiday themed show he has coming up Saturday night at Hideout with his side project Scott Lucas & The Married Men, a Local H New Year's Eve show at Cubby Bear and more... ...
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Q&A Interview With Peter Wolf - J. Geils Band Concert Preview (Thursday, December 11, 2014 with Bob Seger at United Center)

Q&A Interview With Peter Wolf - J. Geils Band Concert Preview (Thursday, December 11, 2014 with Bob Seger at United Center)
Headed to town with his longtime group the J. Geils Band as the opening act for Bob Seger Thursday night at United Center, I spoke with Peter Wolf about radio as a gateway to the blues, working with artists like Neko Case and Merle Haggard in his solo work and what exactly it is that keeps the J. Geils Band exciting for him after more than forty-five years... ...

Seven Questions With Eddie Spaghetti - A Supersuckers Concert Preview (Friday, November 20, 2014 at Red Line Tap)

Seven Questions With Eddie Spaghetti - A Supersuckers Concert Preview (Friday, November 20, 2014 at Red Line Tap)
Headed back to town for a set Friday night at Red Line Tap in Rogers Park, I spoke with Supersuckers frontman Eddie Spaghetti about his band's long running relationship with Willie Nelson, their new album Get the Hell and whether or not that record lives up to the Supersuckers' reputation as the self-proclaimed "greatest rock n' roll band in the world...

Q&A Interview With Mike Doughty - A "Question Jar Show" Concert Preview (Thursday, November 20, 2014 at City Winery)

Q&A Interview With Mike Doughty - A "Question Jar Show" Concert Preview (Thursday, November 20, 2014 at City Winery)
Bringing the "Question Jar Show" back to town Thursday night at City Winery, I spoke with singer-songwriter Mike Doughty about his new album Stellar Motel and the level of audience interaction that sets this tour apart from the typical concert experience... ...
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An Interview With Courtney Barnett - A Metro Concert Preview (Monday, October 27, 2014)

An Interview With Courtney Barnett - A Metro Concert Preview (Monday, October 27, 2014)
Riding high on the success of her 2013 effort The Debut EP: A Sea of Split Peas, I spoke with Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett about work on a new studio album with her band and the effort involved in capturing the feel of a live set in the studio as she arrives in town for a co-headlining set alongside San Fermin Monday night at Metro... ...

Q&A Interview With Brian Harding - An Ex Cops Concert Preview (Friday, October 24 at Metro)

Q&A Interview With Brian Harding - An Ex Cops Concert Preview (Friday, October 24 at Metro)
Gearing up for a show Friday night at Metro in support of Dum Dum Girls, I spoke with Ex Cops vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Brian Harding about the band's new Billy Corgan produced album Daggers... ...

A Little Respect: An Interview With Vince Clarke - An Erasure Concert Preview (Friday, October 3 and Saturday, October 4 at Chicago Theatre)

A Little Respect: An Interview With Vince Clarke - An Erasure Concert Preview (Friday, October 3 and Saturday, October 4 at Chicago Theatre)
Headed to town for a pair of shows Friday and Saturday at Chicago Theatre, I spoke with Erasure multi-instrumentalist, Vince Clarke about his band's sxteenth studio album The Violet Flame and the bond he's forged over nearly thirty years alongside Andy Bell as one of synth pop's most enduring acts... ...
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Q&A Interview With Steve Nieve (Concert Preview: Steve Nieve Plays Elvis Costello - Tuesday, September 30 at City Winery)

Q&A Interview With Steve Nieve (Concert Preview: Steve Nieve Plays Elvis Costello - Tuesday, September 30 at City Winery)
Gearing up for a show Tuesday night at City Winery in which he'll reinterpret the music of Elvis Costello solo on the piano, I spoke with longtime Attractions member and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Steve Nieve about the unique sound of his playing on the vox organ and what exactly it is that has allowed the music he's created with Elvis Costello to remain so relevant after nearly forty years... ...
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