February 5, 2013 |
Even if you're Tommy Lee, releasing pictures of your junk (intentionally or not) is never a plus in the musical credibility column. So it's no surprise that off-stage incidents like that progressively turned Pete Wentz into much more than the bassist and lyricist for Fall Out Boy, arguably the biggest rock band to come out of (suburban) Chicago in the past decade. He became the group's focal point to such an extent that, when the chart-topping band went on hiatus in late 2009, Wentz said in an interview, “I think the world needs a little less Pete Wentz.
November 14, 2011 |
***1/2 (out of four) The joke's on anyone who assumes “Community” funnyman Donald Glover can't rap. Under the Wu-Tang Clan Name Generator-created rap tag Childish Gambino, Glover has followed a handful of promising free albums/mixtapes and dropped one of the year's most bracing hip-hop records with his official debut, “Camp.” Wit and insight marry like reality show stars - wait, the opposite of that - as Glover reflects throughout...
April 12, 2013 |
Via email, the Fall Out Boy bassist/lyricist, guitarist and drummer chimed in on their evolving sound, what makes them feel old and more. Bassist/lyricist Pete Wentz As you wrote lyrics for “Save Rock and Roll,” what topics did you find didn't interest you as much as they once did, and what took their place? What subject matter will always appeal to you? It always changes I guess. I guess you will just write or think differently at every period of your life. So it is not topics that I stick to or what not. At the same time you...
April 29, 2013 |
Fall Out Boy bassist and "Best Ink" host Pete Wentz probably won't be there, but the Oxygen competition series is casting for an upcoming season in Chicago this weekend. If you're a tattoo artist age 21 or older, casting directors from Bunim/Murray Productions would like to meet you between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Mad River Chicago, 2909 N. Sheffield Ave. Applicants are asked to bring a recent picture of themselves that will not be returned, a photo ID and photos of their artwork, which will be returned.
April 9, 2013 |
***1/2 (out of four) When you don't see someone for years, it can take time to acclimate to who they are now. We change over time, and our friends, significant others and favorite bands may not grow with us. I'm not the same person I was 10 years ago when I discovered Fall Out Boy's endlessly listenable full-length debut, “Take This To Your Grave.” I didn't expect that on “Save Rock and Roll,” the hook-heavy Chicago band's first...
February 4, 2013 |
“I was getting all nervous, like it's my first time.” Which “first time” Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz was referring to, we don't really want to know, but the mortar attack of announcements that came from the Chicago four-piece the morning of Feb. 4 would make anybody nervous--new album ("Save Rock and Roll"), new single (“My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark [Light Em Up]”), new tour. Ending a more than three-year hiatus, Wentz, guitarist/vocalist Patrick Stump, guitarist Joe Trohman and drummer Andy Hurley returned home to Chicago for an...