Archive for 2013

Q&A Interview With Trace Adkins ("The Christmas Show" Concert Preview - Thursday, December 5 At The Genesee Theatre in Waukegan)

Q&A Interview With Trace Adkins ("The Christmas Show" Concert Preview - Thursday, December 5 At The Genesee Theatre in Waukegan)
Headed back to the Chicagoland area for a show this Thursday night at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan, I spoke with country music star and unexpected reality TV star Trace Adkins about what fans can expect in the live setting Thursday night at "The Christmas Show" as well as what it is that sets his new holiday themed album The King's Gift apart from others in the often stale Christmas music genre...

Concert Review: Elton John (Saturday, November 30 at Allstate Arena - With Setlist)

Concert Review: Elton John (Saturday, November 30 at Allstate Arena - With Setlist)
Flanked by an eleven piece backing band, Elton John performed primarily a greatest hits set to a sold out crowd Saturday night at Allstate Arena... ...

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... ...
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Flashlight 2013: Q&A Interview With George Clinton (A Concord Music Hall Concert Preview - George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic - Friday, November 29, 2013)

Flashlight 2013: Q&A Interview With George Clinton (A Concord Music Hall Concert Preview - George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic - Friday, November 29, 2013)
In town for a concert this Friday, November 29th at the new Concord Music Hall, I spoke with funk legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer George Clinton about the state of the music industry in the internet age, artist rights and just what the word "funk" means to him in 2013 after nearly fifty years in music at the helm of both Parliament and Funkadelic... ...

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...

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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Going To Hell: A Dynamic Interview With Taylor Momsen Of The Pretty Reckless

Going To Hell: A Dynamic Interview With Taylor Momsen Of The Pretty Reckless
Last Sunday night, former Gossip Girl star Taylor Momsen arrived in town for an early show at House of Blues with her band, New York rock quartet, The Pretty Reckless. Earlier that weekend, she took a few moments (but obviously not many) to answer some questions about the band's live show, new album and more... ...

Concert Preview: M. Doughty Used To Be In Soul Coughing (Mike Doughty - Thursday, October 24 at Park West)

Concert Preview: M. Doughty Used To Be In Soul Coughing (Mike Doughty - Thursday, October 24 at Park West)
Touring in support of a new release that features re-imagined renditions of old Soul Coughing songs, Mike Doughty arrives in Chicago Thursday night for a live performance at Park West... ...

Concert Preview: Chicago, I Love You 2013 (FREE Performances Run October 10-20 throughout Chicago)

Concert Preview: Chicago, I Love You 2013 (FREE Performances Run October 10-20 throughout Chicago)
For the second consecutive year, the highlight of the Chicago fall concert season is "Chicago, I Love You." Taking the form this year of an entirely FREE celebration of Chicago arts (music, comedy, literature and much more), "Chicago, I Love You" features hundreds of Chicago artists and takes over nearly thirty venues throughout the city across a ten day span.  I spoke last week with "Chicago, I Love You" creator and organizer Tom Schraeder in an effort to find out exactly what it is that makes such an ambitious idea not only possible but successful... ...
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A Q&A Interview With "Weird Al" Yankovic (Concert Preview: Saturday, October 12 at the Rialto Square Theater in Joliet)

A Q&A Interview With "Weird Al" Yankovic (Concert Preview: Saturday, October 12 at the Rialto Square Theater in Joliet)
Returning to town this Saturday for a show at the Rialto Square Theater in Joliet, I spoke over the phone earlier this week with parody artist "Weird Al" Yankovic about his continued success in the internet era as well as topics like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the state of terrestrial radio...