The term “virtuoso” is not used much
these days when it comes to musical acts that tour outside of on-campus
recital halls or similar venues. But Andy McKee is just that, a
wonderful guitarist who can play a wide array of styles masterfully.
Ne-Hi is the latest group to come out of the Chicago
area’s rich lineage of Modern Rock, which has historically produced some
of music’s most influential acts and continues to pump out strong new
bands on a regular basis.
Waxeater is full-bore Post Punk/Hardcore with brains, brawn and balls. The band launched its 2010 Sleeper album with a track called “Are Those Fucking Beers Ice Cold Yet?” and devoted its latest, 2013’s Baltimore Record, to songs themed entirely around the HBO series The Wire.
It’s both amazing and ironic that, at
some point this year, The Queers celebrated their 33-1/3 anniversary. It
was 1982, two years into Ronald Reagan’s first term, when New Hampshire
native Joe King felt Punk’s inexorable pull.
Minneapolis rockers The 4onthefloor came
together in 2009 and gradually built up a fervent fan base in its
hometown. In 2011, the group released its debut album, 4X4, and
began touring more consistently, building its national profile.
Berry Gordy may not have envisioned the
intersection of Rock, Blues and Soul when he was drafting the Motown
blueprint, but there can be little doubt that, when done right, that
particular genre hybrid is among the most powerful forces in the musical
What do Caribou, of Montreal, Born
Ruffians, Eleanor Friedberger and Yeasayer have in common? They’ve all collaborated with Ahmed
Gallab —better known as Sinkane — to add a unique spice to their musical