August 14, 2013 |
Have plans for Friday night? Wanna go have a few drinks and play some pinball? How's that for a pickup line, huh? Well, better than that - don't worry ladies, I'm not hitting on you - the HQ Beercade is actually holding a pinball tournament this Friday to show off their newest machine! Check out the following press release and catch up with me at the bottom of the post for a chance to win a prize: Let Headquarters Beercade be your master of puppets next Friday night!
July 19, 2013 |
Filligar, a band of brothers anchored by siblings Johnny, Ted and Pete Mathias (longtime pal Casey Gibson rounds out the lineup), has become accustomed to life on the road. In addition to sustaining a hectic tour schedule, the roots-rock group, which splits its time between Los Angeles and Chicago, recently spent the better part of two weeks working as musical ambassadors in Azerbaijan, a country bordered by Russia to the north and Iran to the south. "I thought someone was playing a practical joke when they first told me [about the trip]
March 7, 2013 |
*1/2 (out of four) Truth: My lifelong Cubs fandom doesn't make me biased against “Don't Stop Believin',” a documentary about the new-ish frontman for massive '80s rock band Journey, whose iconic song became the theme for the 2005 World Series champion White Sox. What I am biased against, however, are music docs that tell less than half the story. It happens a lot. Recently, “Katy Perry: Part of Me” purported to take an inside look at the backstage heartbreak of the candy-cane and cleavage princess and...
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.
September 6, 2012 |
In many ways, Grant Brinner, Henry Brinner, Mario Cuomo, Dominic Corso and Matt O'Keefe are normal teenagers from Elmhurst. All but Mario are 17-year-old seniors at York High School (Mario is 18 and dropped out his senior year), and they fill their days attending classes they don't like for future careers they don't want. That's because, unlike most teenagers, Grant, Henry, Mario, Dominic, and Matt are in a rock band that has succeeded beyond their garage. Known as the Orwells, they have William Morris Agency booking their shows, were offered a...
August 19, 2012 |
This Thursday at 8 p.m. there will be a launch party for a new thingamajob I wrote titled the “The Great Dysmorphia: An Epistemological View of Ingesting Hallucinogenic Mushrooms at a 2012 Republican Presidential Debate”. Honestly, if the title alone doesn't pique your interest, I'll go ahead and consider myself a pretty shitty writer. There's been a bit of (intentional) confusion about the nature of this project, so I'll quickly clear things up: This is not a new book proper.