Have you been down to the tUnE-yArDs? "Bizness" is good!

Have you been down to the tUnE-yArDs? "Bizness" is good!
This is what Punk Rock sounds like in the year 2011 or maybe in 2111.  Don’t let that scare you, let it free you.  Can we start a new sub-genre called AfroPunktronica?  Politically charged lyrics delivered with beauty-in-angst that musically travels from humankind’s homeland (Africa) to where you have evolved to now(Chicago-Effingham-Dundee?). tUnE-yArDs is not... Read more »

Ben Ottewell Concert Review: Send Me Your Photos & Thoughts

Ben Ottewell Concert Review: Send Me Your Photos & Thoughts
Ben Ottewell (Gomez) live at Schubas in Chicago on 3/25/11 Watching Ben come through the bar at Schubas has me thinking that I have been a Gomez fan for a long time.  Ben commented on how childish his lyrics were when he wrote “‘Get Miles’, a long time ago.”  I have watched Ben Ottewell from... Read more »

FXCK YUX SXSW: CHICAGO ROCKS! (and we have a bus tour to prove it)

FXCK YUX SXSW: CHICAGO ROCKS! (and we have a bus tour to prove it)
I don’t know about you but I am so tired of hearing about SXSW (South by Southwest).  Why anyone would go to Austin, Texas is beyond me.  Texas, as a state, is a place I have no desire to return to.  Attending overcrowded shows with a bunch of dicks. Hearing Bob Geldof bad-mouth American bands.... Read more »
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The Anydays, from my Top 10 of 2010, are Back with a New Single "She's Not The One"

The Anydays, from my Top 10 of 2010, are Back with a New Single "She's Not The One"
I was really excited last year when I stumbled across Oxford 3-piece, The Anydays.  Their album Collector remains in my mobile Mp3 player to this day.  It ended up at #8 on my Top 10 albums of 2010. The song “Here She Comes” is still one of my fav’s.  It is so much fun in... Read more »

Saving Songs From Extinction: "New Grass" by Talk Talk

Saving Songs From Extinction: "New Grass" by Talk Talk
Spool Going Round is looking at songs that maybe never were played on the radio, or songs that were and then stopped.   If I don’t add new life to these songs they may become extinct.   We may never hear of them again.   So press play and tell a friend to listen as well.   I... Read more »

Spool Going Round Must See Show of March 2011: Ben Ottewell (Gomez) at Schubas

Spool Going Round Must See Show of March 2011: Ben Ottewell (Gomez) at Schubas
Photo from chroniclelive.co.uk Gomez is really a quandary.  A band with so much potential and talent continuously under-delivers.  The first album was amazing!  I worked at the first U.S. radio station to play Gomez.  Our favorite female on-air personality had just returned from the U.K..  Whilst on vacation there she picked a new CD by... Read more »
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Liam Gallagher brings Beady Eye to Chicago!

Liam Gallagher brings Beady Eye to Chicago!
When asked how it felt to be on stage for the first time ever as Beady Eye, Liam Gallagher immediately said “Loved it…..can’t wait to take it around the world.” It is with great excitement that I tell you Beady Eye is coming to Chicago. Liam Gallagher and his mates are playing Chicago’s Metro on... Read more »

More Fan Photos and Reviews from Dropkick Murphys/Naked Raygun Show

More Fan Photos and Reviews from Dropkick Murphys/Naked Raygun Show
Photographed by Andrea Fashoda at Chicago’s Congress Theater I believe one thing that makes Naked Raygun such a hit with fans is their ability to let the fans participate.  The microphone is in the crowd just as much as it is in front of the singer’s mouth.  In their honor I would like to ask... Read more »

Arctic Monkeys Are Always Amazing! Back with "Brick by Brick"

Arctic Monkeys Are Always Amazing! Back with "Brick by Brick"
It has been so much fun watching the evolution of Arctic Monkeys.  I was right there when the first notes of their first song rang out in 2005 and I am still here and more intrigued than ever. The first album was so fresh and the lyrics were incredible. I used to crank Whatever People... Read more »
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Interpol Speak: Watch The Mini-Documentary Here

Interpol Speak: Watch The Mini-Documentary Here
I mentioned in my recent review of the Chicago Interpol show that the boys don’t talk much.  You might get the occasional “Thank You,” but that is about all.  So when I was sent this documentary and you can see them talking a lot, it really is a pleasure.  They get to expound on their... Read more »