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18 Feb Interviews | Comments

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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12 Jan Interviews | Comments

Interview: Bob Nanna: Braid

Interview: Bob Nanna: Braid

Chances are, if you’re a fan of alternative music, you have heard Bob Nanna‘s influence. His band Braid was instrumental in defining that 90’s indie (dare I say emo) sound that countless musicians cite as inspiration. When Braid disbanded, he didn’t stop writing, and formed Hey Mercedes, another poppy indie band the same same vein, […]

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08 Nov Interviews | Comments

Mike Kinsella: Owen

Mike Kinsella: Owen

When I was in high school, my guitar teacher always tried to open me up to new music. Around 1999/2000, he gave me a record by a Chicago-local band called American Football. The guitarwork was beautiful. Clean, melodic, complex without being complicated, and just created a wonderful mood. The man behind the music was Mike […]

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03 Aug Interviews | Comments

Nick Steinborn: The Wonder Years

Nick Steinborn: The Wonder Years

Is guitar your primary instrument? At this point, I would say it is. Do you play any other instruments? I also play drums and a bit of keys. How long have you been playing guitar? It’s been about 11 years now. Did you take any lessons growing up? (guitar or other) I took maybe 10 […]

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Chris Crisci: The Appleseed Cast / Old Canes

Chris Crisci: The Appleseed Cast / Old Canes

Chris Crisci music has been a part of my life for over a decade. He was a founding member of The Appleseed Cast, one of my favorite bands. I feel like i’ve matured with them as they grown from their indie roots, to more of a progressive, atmospheric sound. He also formed Old Canes, a […]

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07 Jan Interviews | Comments

Justin Crockett: Touring Tech

Justin Crockett: Touring Tech

If there is one constant I see with young students, it’s the aspiration of touring the country playing music. Unfortunately, due to the current issues with the music industry, students seem to be willing to take whatever they can get. One of the first ideas they have, if they can’t be in a successful band, […]

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Ben Sharp: The Man Behind Cloudkicker

Ben Sharp: The Man Behind Cloudkicker

Cloudkicker was one of the most refreshing bands I have heard in a long time. After reading the website I found out it wasn’t a band, but in fact one insanely creative talented guy, Ben Sharp. Combing the heaviness of Meshuggah, and the sense of melody of Jimmy Eat World, he has really hit something […]

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09 Jul Interviews | Comments

Josh Newton: Every Time I Die

Josh Newton: Every Time I Die

Josh Newton is the ultimate utility man. He has been the role player in bands ranging from bouncy indie rock, to blood curdling metal riffage. His time with Shiner garnished one of my top 5 all time favorite records, The Egg. These days, he’s found himself as the first bass player Every Time I Die […]

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