2012: The Year Of The Wurster
Jan06

2012: The Year Of The Wurster

Since the world did not end a few days ago, anyone who writes about music and popular culture will now have to review the past year and tell us all who’s best. In the world of The Best Drummer In The World , it would be hard to find a better wrap up for the year than declaring Jon Wurster Drummer Of The Year 2012. Factually, this title could have been bestowed upon Jon for any of the past 20 years as he has played great drums on...

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Interview: Creighton Barrett of Band of Horses
Nov06

Interview: Creighton Barrett of Band of Horses

If I start this article by saying Band of Horses are singlehandedly saving music you might think I’m a paid spokesperson for the band. Aren’t we all so jaded. I guess I was pretty jaded until I fell in love with this band. Then again the world is filled with spokespersons for all kinds of crap. Creighton Barret is not. He’s a regular guy and a great drummer. And he’s in a great band. And he’s lucky and...

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Interview: Tim Fogarty of El Ten Eleven
Oct22

Interview: Tim Fogarty of El Ten Eleven

The propulsive rhythms and postive vibes of El Ten Eleven make for a great experience, live or recorded. They recently swung through Chicago, playing Lincoln Hall. Tim Fogarty played a great show. Perhaps not as memorable as the last time they played Chicago, but how can you top a street festival concert caught in a torrential downpour? El Ten Eleven songs are chock-full of ear candy – in Tim Fogarty’s drums, gritty...

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Interview: David Bazan and Alex Westcoat of Bazan + Band
Oct11

Interview: David Bazan and Alex Westcoat of Bazan + Band

David Bazan recently hit the stage at Lincoln Hall with a revved-up band and recharged setlist. You’d be forgiven for expecting a morose affair. Last year he released a highly publicized “break-up with God” album, Curse Your Branches. To support it, he embarked on a solo tour, strumming a classical guitar in intimate living room shows. Bazan has always had great songs. His recordings have continued to evolve with a whack-a-mole array...

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Interview:Aron Sanchez & Arone Dyer of Buke and Gass
Sep12

Interview:Aron Sanchez & Arone Dyer of Buke and Gass

From their homemade instruments to their screen-printed posters, Buke and Gass embody the DIY ethic. Both veteran musicians, they’ve carved out a fascinating niche with this latest project by multi-tasking to the max. While Arone weaves a tapestry of treble with her modified ukelele, jingle shoe, and brave alto, Aron shreds it apart with his jigsaw guitar-bass and jagged bass drum stabs. It is methodical madness. Seeing them...

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