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Q&A Interview with Bill Giricz of The Bishop's Daredevil Stunt Club (A Metro Concert Preview - Saturday, September 13, 2014)

Q&A Interview with Bill Giricz of The Bishop's Daredevil Stunt Club (A Metro Concert Preview - Saturday, September 13, 2014)
Getting ready to celebrate the recent release of their new EP, Veva, Hold On, Saturday night at Metro, I spoke with Bill Giricz of The Bishop's Daredevil Stunt Club about the power pop sounds on the local quintet's latest project... ...

Concert Review: North Coast Music Festival 2014 (Saturday, August 30, 2014 - Kid Cudi, Talib Kweli, STS9 and more)

Concert Review: North Coast Music Festival 2014 (Saturday, August 30, 2014 - Kid Cudi, Talib Kweli, STS9 and more)
Saturday marked the opening of Labor Day weekend with performances by Kid Cudi, Talib Kweli, STS9 and more on the second day of the popular fifth-annual hip-hop and electronic dance festival known as North Coast Music Festival... ...

Part Two: Q&A Interview With Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins - A Ravinia Concert Preview (Saturday, August 30, 2014 in Highland Park)

Part Two: Q&A Interview With Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins - A Ravinia Concert Preview (Saturday, August 30, 2014 in Highland Park)
In part two of my interview with Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, we delve into the ongoing series of Smashing Pumpkins album reissues and discuss the future of rock and roll in the social media era.  Billy Corgan performs a rare solo set Saturday night at Ravinia... ...
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Part One: Q&A Interview With Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins - A Ravinia Concert Preview (Saturday, August 30, 2014 in Highland Park)

Part One: Q&A Interview With Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins - A Ravinia Concert Preview (Saturday, August 30, 2014 in Highland Park)
Gearing up for a show Saturday night in Highland Park, I spoke with Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan about what it's like to look back on his work with Smashing Pumpkins, Zwan and more over the course of the last twenty-five years as he prepares for a rare solo performance at Ravinia... ...

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... ...

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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Concert Preview: Jammin' on Ashland 2 (Thursday, February 20th at Temple Bar)

Concert Preview: Jammin' on Ashland 2 (Thursday, February 20th at Temple Bar)
This Thursday night, don't let the weather keep you away from a great night of live music for an even better cause.  "Jammin' on Ashland 2" at Temple Bar features an eclectic evening of country infused rock courtesy of Nick Lynch, the scorching blues guitar of Rob Blaine's Big Otis Blues and the horror/hilarity of metal masters Beast Warrior - with proceeds to benefit the MaeBell Ward Foundation in conjunction with the Alzheimer's Association... ...

Concert Preview: Ariada Live at Cubby Bear - Saturday, November 30, 2013 (An Interview With Michael Tassone)

Concert Preview: Ariada Live at Cubby Bear - Saturday, November 30, 2013 (An Interview With Michael Tassone)
Capping a busy 2013 that featured the release of their debut EP, Ariada (formerly The Outfit) celebrates alongside Hero Monster Zero and more Saturday, November 30th at the Cubby Bear... ...

Oh The Optimist: A Q&A Interview With Morgan Foster of Common Shiner (An Abbey Pub Concert Preview - Friday, November 22, 2013)

Oh The Optimist:  A Q&A Interview With Morgan Foster of Common Shiner (An Abbey Pub Concert Preview - Friday, November 22, 2013)
Gearing up for a show Friday night at Abbey Pub in support of their most recent album release Before They Sold Out (Part 2), Common Shiner vocalist and guitarist Morgan Foster checked in via email earlier this week - a conversation that touched on a sense of optimism present in the band's songs as well as the effect that the city of Chicago itself has on Common Shiner's songwriting process...
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Interview: Gordon Robertson of The Damn Choir (A Creatures of Habit Kickstarter Review)

Interview: Gordon Robertson of The Damn Choir (A Creatures of Habit Kickstarter Review)
Having recently returned from a recording session in New York with producer Bryce Goggin, Gordon Robertson talks about The Damn Choir's forthcoming album release as well as an ambitious Kickstarter campaign (complete with several levels of incentives for fans that choose to participate) designed by the local artists to crowd-source their new project and tour...
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