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18 Nov Events, News, Video | Comments

Hosting Q&A with Sam from Chevelle.

Hosting Q&A with Sam from Chevelle.

On Tuesday 11/18/14, I’ll be hosting a chat with Sam from Chevelle at The Oasis in Grayslake. This is part of the School of Hard Rocks Monthly Music Meetings. We’re going to be talking about the music industry, recording, touring, and other fun stuff! For more details on the event, check out the page, HERE!!!

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11 Sep Events, Video | Comments

Sponsored Event at The Oasis

Sponsored Event at The Oasis

I was fortunate enough to sponsor an event at the Grayslake Oasis Youth Center which was a hall of famer for me. I was fortunate enough to share the stage with a group of long term students, as well as perhaps my all time favorite band. If you’ve followed me for any time, you’ve likely...

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11 Sep News | Comments

Weye – CasterlyROCK!

Weye – CasterlyROCK!

Long time student Jared Wright has released his new math-rock instrumental record, recorded here! I don’t know what I like more, the shredding riffage, or the Game of Thrones puns! Check out WEYE’S CASTERLYROCK! HERE!

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11 Sep News | Comments

Justen Hamilton – Year One

Justen Hamilton – Year One

Justen Hamilton, a decade long student, spent the majority of the spring recording this terrific alt-folk record. He spent a lot of time writing, arranging, and really controlling all aspects of this release. It was really impressive to see someone so on top of their game. Fans of Bright Eyes, Cursive, Tim Casher, Regina Spektor,...

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11 Sep News, Video | Comments

RazorBack Pedals

RazorBack Pedals

Years ago, a friend from high school emailed me asking what pedal she should buy her husband for christmas. Knowing his penchant for tinkering with the guts of his guitars, I recommended perhaps getting a pedal kit so he could build his own. Six months later, he had built dozens of pedals. He was constantly...

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05 Apr Video | Comments

Video Clip: Fuzzrocious ZUUL Pedal

Video Clip: Fuzzrocious ZUUL Pedal

Fuzzrocious sent me a care package to jam on this past week. A pretty cool synthy noise pedal called the ZUUL. Check it out!

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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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21 Mar Events, News | Comments

UPDATE: Monthly Music Meeting March

UPDATE: Monthly Music Meeting March

ICYMI…. I’ve been doing a monthly “music” meeting for kids at The Oasis. A free event, covering a specific topic. March was “booking in Chicago”. After the seminar portion, we encourage kids to meet each other. Network, trade gigs, gear, etc. We are fortunate have sponsored free pizza, and free goodies from labels that kids...

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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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15 Jan Events, News | Comments

MONTHLY MUSIC MEETINGS

MONTHLY MUSIC MEETINGS

Starting in February, I will be hosting Monthly Music Meetings at the Grayslake Oasis. Each event will be 2 hours long, on the third Tuesday of each month, and they will be FREE to attend. The first hour of the event will be a discussion on one (of the many) topics we’ve outlined on our...

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