March 29, 2013 |
Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, Tom Morello, Patrick Stump ... the list of gifted guitarists from Chicago is a long one, and the list of their accomplishments is even longer. But one thing none of them ever had was a Dr. Pepper commercial. Apparently none of their fretwork ever approached the uniqueness of the Doctor's 23-flavor blend. Come April 8, one famous Chicago guitarist can claim that Pepper prize: legendary air guitarist Justin "Nordic Thunder" Howard, the 2012 Air Guitar Champion of the World.
February 26, 2013 |
Remember that scene at the beginning of " Back to the Future " where Marty McFly hooks up his guitar to Doc Brown 's giant speaker? You know, so he can play it so loud that the soundwave sends him flying? That was cool. Another thing that's pretty cool is this new line of guitars from instrument maker Peavey, with designs featuring some of the most popular characters in the DC Universe ! Check out the press release then catch up with me at the bottom of the post: Peavey Announces Instrument and Accessory Line Featuring DC...
February 8, 2013 |
If you didn't know the University of Chicago hosted a three-day folk festival every year, you're about 50 years late to the game--but you can catch up this weekend at the 53rd Annual University of Chicago Folk Festival, held Friday through Sunday. The festival is more than just a showcase of traditional folk musicians--over the years it has expanded to include performers as diverse as blues guitarists, banjo and fiddle players, Cajun musicians, Gospel singers, bluegrass bands and bagpipers.
February 1, 2013 |
*** (out of four) It's hard not to love an underdog, and Frightened Rabbit is a great one. Maybe it's a Scottish thing - there's no getting around singer Scott Hutchison's heavy brogue - but there's a presumed scruffiness to the men who populate this band's songs. You want to root for them, if for no other reason than the fact that these drunk craftsmen types seem far more appropriate as rock stars than, say, the sappy mandolineers of Mumford & Sons, to whom Frightened Rabbit frequently are compared.
January 31, 2013 |
While singer/guitarist Alan Sparhawk generally has gravitated towards a slower, quieter sound in Low--the Duluth, Minn., trio he's fronted for nearly two decades alongside his wife Mimi Parker--he lets it all hang out in Retribution Gospel Choir. The band's third album, simply titled "3," is an absolute monster, swinging from shaggy, Crazy-Horse-worthy guitar dirges to more blissfully spaced-out, hypnotic passages. "When we started working on these songs, it was a shot in the arm for us, because we wanted to present something a little more extreme," said...
January 25, 2013 |
Ellie Goulding still thinks of herself as a singer-songwriter, even if the success of her pulsing dance singles "Lights" and "Anything Could Happen" has made it so nobody else does. Now something of a real pop star--after a record 33 weeks on the chart, "Lights" rose to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100--Goulding still is modest and approachable. As she prepared to embark on a tour to support her most recent album, the haunting, electronic "Halcyon," RedEye caught up with the artist from her flat in England to discuss her songwriting approach, pick up some...