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Gogol Bordello: One band of Gypsies connects us all...

Gogol Bordello: One band of Gypsies connects us all...
I started a new day job recently. It suits me. There are so many musicians. Start a band? We could probably start three and still have subs. So obviously, the names of a lot of musical acts have been kicked around as we attempt to find common ground — every rock style from 311 to... Read more »

311 Day Might Be My Favorite Holiday... now

311 Day Might Be My Favorite Holiday... now
When you’re young, you celebrate every holiday with vigor — presents! A day off school! Good times. Get a little older and you start to pick favorites. Often the ones that revolve around family, giant feasts or three square meals of candy — Christmas, Hanukkah, Thanksgiving, Halloween. Around college things start to trend differently — St.... Read more »

The Art of the Opening Band is not yet lost: Featuring Rubblebucket

The Art of the Opening Band is not yet lost: Featuring Rubblebucket
Last May, Reptar was the opening band for Grouplove at the Metro. What a stellar show. What a killer pair of new acts. By the fall, Reptar was out on their own, touring with an opening band called Rubblebucket. Having previously dug Reptar as an opening act (and eventually declaring Body Faucet 2012′s Album of the Year),... Read more »
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An Open Letter to Blackhawks Bandwagon Fans

An Open Letter to Blackhawks Bandwagon Fans
* One rule of writing is that you must secretly love all your characters. * Hi. I’m bandwagonDan. That’s how I’m known over at The Heckler. I created this persona in 2008, the season before the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup. Back then I covered hockey games “from the perspective of a guy who knows... Read more »

I Have A Hard Time Liking Popular Christmas Music

I realize that writing something with the above title might cast me as a Grinch. But that is not the case. I like the holidays — decorating, lights, giving and receiving, winter meals and wintry beers. But I have a hard time getting excited about very much holiday music. There are modern Christmas albums out there from bands... Read more »

The Song at the End of the World: What's your 12/21/12 jam?

The Song at the End of the World: What's your 12/21/12 jam?
At this point we’ve heard all the theories concerning this supposedly impending Apocalyptic End of the World / Mayan Calendar Flip: – That the date has already passed because Mayans didn’t figure in the leap years – That something will change, but more along the line of a shift in our human consciousness – That... Read more »
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Obsession: The missing factor

Obsession: The missing factor
I play guitar. That’s what I do. And when I manage to play every day, it might be what I’m best at. I can also play, to varying degrees, some hand drums, kit, keys, bass, mandolin, other percussives, harmonica… Music comes out of everything if you concentrate a little bit and tap your foot (in... Read more »

Annual Jam Band: The new tracks

Annual Jam Band: The new tracks
I wouldn’t be doing this music blog right if I didn’t share some of my own tunes. OUR tunes. The Annual Jam Band is a collaborative (and now ten-day-long) project that gathers from the far reaches of the country once a year to informally rock out a few parties, then move on to Rockford for... Read more »

Soundtrack A Surgery

Soundtrack A Surgery
Hello, friends. This is a scheduled post, as I am having surgery today. Probably right now. It’s on my right hip, much like the one I had on the left side back in February. What I was diagnosed with is Avascular Necrosis — basically, the hip joint bone slowly becomes not-round-anymore, and flattens-out at the... Read more »
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I Will Gladly Ultimate Fight The Beach Boys' Mike Love

I Will Gladly Ultimate Fight The Beach Boys' Mike Love
Let’s make this very clear, Mike Love — you’re in a cover band. That’s right. You are in a Brian Wilson song cover band. Sure, you happen to have had the good fortune of being related (a cousin.. we all have them) to one of the best rock music composers of all time (perhaps the... Read more »
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