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Interview: Matt Frank [Their / They’re / There, Lifted Bells]

Interview: Matt Frank [Their / They’re / There, Lifted Bells]

I saw the Their / They’re / There release show at Schubas this past winter, and had an absolute blast watching the fretboard theatrics of Matthew Frank. Complex meters, clean tones & playing, and really creative songwriting. Fortunately, he was willing to take a bit and chat about his musical upbringing! What bands do you...

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Interview: Josh Kaler [Butch Walker, Slow Runner]

Interview: Josh Kaler [Butch Walker, Slow Runner]

For those of you who know me, you’ll know I’m a huge Butch Walker fan. Maybe that should be capitalized. HUGE fan. When I saw his most recent tour come through Chicago (HoB), I noticed he had a new band, and more specifically, an incredibly talented multi-instrumentalist. That would be Mr. Josh Kaler. He was...

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26 Sep Interviews | Comments

Interview: Will Benoit – Constants

Interview: Will Benoit – Constants

Years ago, I saw a killer effects laden space rock trio (at the time) called CONSTANTS at the local VFW. They were on tour in a converted vegetable oil school bus. I loved everything they had going on, so I’ve been following them ever since. They continued to tour the country with other like-minded bands,...

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06 Apr Interviews | Comments

Conrad Mach: Self Evident

Conrad Mach: Self Evident

If you haven’t guessed yet, I definitely have a type. Weird time signatures, progressive structures, polyrhythmic feels, and sweet riffage. It shouldn’t be much of a surprise I love Self Evident. Fortunately for us, Conrad Mach, the guitar player / singer was willing to take a moment and chat music. What bands do you currently...

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22 Jan Interviews | Comments

Andrew Elstner: Torche / Tilts / Riddle of Steel

Andrew Elstner: Torche / Tilts / Riddle of Steel

Nearly 10 years ago, a message board recommended that I to listen to Riddle of Steel. It hooked me pretty much immediately. Such a difficult band to describe, but I feel like they are somewhere around the lovechild of Led Zeppelin, Queens of the Stoneage, with the Edge from U2 playing with his delay rig....

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13 Nov Interviews | Comments

Steve Downs: Hidden Hospitals

Steve Downs: Hidden Hospitals

Through my years with the Oasis, I’ve come into contact with some pretty spectacular bands. Most recently, Hidden Hospitals (from Chicago) graced the stage, and I couldn’t have been more impressed. They were one of the most professional bands we’ve seen, both on and off the stage. Their new record, EP002, will absolutely be among...

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11 Oct Interviews | Comments

Christian Henrik: Town Portal

Christian Henrik: Town Portal

In 2009, I was turned onto a (mostly) instrumental band from Denmark called Shelflife. They were like a mathier, cleaner version of Swervedriver, but with less of an emphasis on vocals. I was bummed to find out they broke up, only to find the primary songwriter started a new project called Town Portal. It’s heavier,...

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24 Apr Interviews | Comments

Mark Engles: Dredg

Mark Engles: Dredg

When I first heard Dredg in the fall of 2002, I immediately fell in love. El Cielo didn’t leave my car stereo for a solid month. The progressive alternative nature was right up my alley, and their sense of space and atmosphere was exactly what I wanted to hear from a ROCK band. I loved...

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Mike Burns: Electric Hawk / The Blue Man Group

Mike Burns: Electric Hawk / The Blue Man Group

Close to a year ago now, I went to a small club on a Thursday night to see the legendary Chicago instrumental group Del Rey. They put on a great show, but they were overshadowed by a trio I had never heard of before that night. That band was Electric Hawk. Their explosive sound, controlled...

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15 Feb Interviews | Comments

Max Bernstein: Ke$ha, Max & the Marginalized

Max Bernstein: Ke$ha, Max & the Marginalized

Max Bernstein is a veteran to the modern music industry. He toured the country front the alternative rock group The Actual (who still gets frequent plays at my place). After The Actual disbanded, Max spent time playing guitar in Scott Weiland’s (solo group) band. These days he’s the touring musical director and live guitar player...

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