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Jack White, Japandroids and Dave Grohl Speaks Truths

In a January issue of Rolling Stone, Dave Grohl was asked about ’90s nostalgia and tough times for rock radio. His response was freaking excellent: I don’t really see anything that I consider ’90s nostalgia. Loud-ass guitars and drummers who trash their kits — when did that ever go away? I love that a band... Read more »

Eve 6 new single "Victoria" leads another '90s boom

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We are all suddenly Billy Pilgrim in Slaughterhouse-Five — unstuck in time — waking up never knowing what decade we’re in. What wars are we fighting? Which bands are we poking fun at now? Beauty and the Beast and Titanic are the big draws in theaters. Some stiff guy in a suit is running for... Read more »

New Music Monday: Alabama Shakes and Sons of the West

New Music Monday: Alabama Shakes and Sons of the West
I came across a couple of really exciting young bands this weekend. One from the deep south and one that’s sure to rock Chicago (and beyond..). Both are taking old rock ‘n’ roll in a cool new direction… Alabama Shakes They’re from where they say they are. And these cats sound like Creedence Clearwater Revival... Read more »

Billy Corgan may tumble into the diminishing vortex of his own album concept

The Smashing Pumpkins. Back. Still weird. Since the insane success of┬áMellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (’95) Billy Corgan has been firing, ranting, wrestling, hiding, re-hiring and making lots of oddly non-rocking music. I know a lot of people whose youthful obsession with this band (and online handle) has lasted into adulthood, but even if... Read more »

Hot Chip preview June release with "Flutes"

Boy, Hot Chip are hitting their stride. Not only are all members engaged in side-projects (The 2 Bears, New Build), but together they’re releasing an album promptly every two years. I love it when a band seems to be as excited about music as I am. If you click on the large words above these... Read more »

Ben Kweller, Today (Smashing Pumpkins Cover)

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Hey jammers. So I’m having some surgery on my hip done tomorrow. No biggie. But this Jam Room may be muted to happy humming for most of this week (actually, that sound might be your computer and you might wanna get that checked out). BUT things are already full-force in 2012. There’s going to be... Read more »