WBEZ | rock http://www.wbez.org/tags/rock Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Meet the women rocking Chicago's music scene http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-11/meet-women-rocking-chicagos-music-scene-109098 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/1457592_10201231136837392_508211382_n.jpg" style="height: 513px; width: 620px;" title="Alex Fryer, co-founder of the cassette label Dumpster Tapes. (Photo courtesy of Alex Fryer)" /></div><p>Chicago has long been a bastion for local music, thanks in large part to the independent labels, record stores, and pop-up venues that have provided support to artists every step of the way.</p><p>But what may be surprising is the sheer number of women behind that scene. Many of the organizations powering the local industry today &mdash; including several record labels, stores, and other businesses &mdash; are female-owned and operated.</p><p>Melissa Oglesby is the outreach director of <a href="http://girlsrockchicago.org" target="_blank">Girls Rock! Chicago</a>, a music camp for girls ages 8 to 16 that aims to foster creative expression, self-esteem, and community awareness through rock music. She says that not only are girls in the program empowered to find their voices, but they also have the opportunity to gain inspiration from female volunteers and mentors.</p><p>&quot;It can be hard out there for girls,&quot; Oglesby adds, &quot;But at Girls Rock, the volunteers really support each other. The sense of community is great; you can always find someone here that you can relate to.&quot;&nbsp;</p><p>Alex Fryer, co-founder of the casette label <a href="https://www.facebook.com/dumpstertapes" target="_blank">Dumpster Tapes</a> with Ed McMenamin,&nbsp;says Chicago is an ideal place for musical creativity and collaboration.&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;The energy is the best here,&quot; she said. &quot;I&#39;ve been to shows in other cities, and it never feels quite as good as it does in Chicago. Most of all, I think that the music rules. It&#39;s one thing to support music just because it&#39;s local and it&#39;s your friends that are making it. It&#39;s definitely another to believe that the music is good and worth not only your time, but other people&#39;s as well.&quot;</p><p>Now, your guide to the local women that fuel this community, and why they love doing it:</p><p><strong style="font-size: 16px;">NAN WARSHAW, </strong><span style="font-size: 16px;">co-owner of Bloodshot Records</span></p><p><strong>Background:&nbsp;</strong>Warshaw co-founded <a href="https://www.bloodshotrecords.com" target="_blank">Bloodshot Records</a> in 1994, and went&nbsp;on&nbsp;to launch the careers of Ryan Adams,&nbsp;Neko&nbsp;Case, and Justin Townes Earle.&nbsp;Almost two decades and more than 200 releases later, she is&nbsp;excited to be working on new releases including Lydia Loveless, Luke Winslow-King, Barrence Whitfield, Robbie Fulks, Scott Biram, and JC Brooks &amp; The Uptown Sound.</p><p><strong>On Chicago&#39;s music scene: &quot;</strong>Bloodshot could not have developed and grown into what it is today anywhere other than in Chicago. We have active top-notch music writers covering the local scene and publishing in a variety of sources.&nbsp;We have&nbsp;more than a half dozen strong independent record stores &ndash; there are cities and towns today that have none. Plus, we have dozens of great live music venues&nbsp;showcasing&nbsp;cutting-edge music, and owned by people who are in it for the right reasons and who treat the artists well.&quot;&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;To help our community grow and flourish, I share information to educate and support musicians. I sit on music business panels and guest lecture college classes. I donate my time and resources to Rock&nbsp;For&nbsp;Kids and The Chicago Music Commission. I firmly believe Chicago has the best music scene of any city in the world.&quot;</p><p><strong style="font-size: 16px;">KELLY NOTHING,&nbsp;</strong><span style="font-size: 16px;">of Animal Kingdom&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 16px;">&mdash;</span><span style="font-size: 16px;">&nbsp;a&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 16px;">Logan Square&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 16px;">DIY house&nbsp;</span></p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Kelly%20Nothing.jpg" style="height: 236px; width: 300px; float: right;" title="Animal Kingdom's 4th of July 'Summer Slammer.' (Matt Avignon/Animal Kingdom)" /></p><p><strong>Background:</strong>&nbsp;&quot;I graduated from North Park University with a degree in Business Economics, and I apply what I learned to successfully run this space. We host several shows a month and a few festivals a year. Our biggest show this year was the Summer Slammer on the 4th of July: about 20 bands played and attendance was just shy of 1,000 people.&quot;</p><p><strong>On the Chicago music scene:</strong> &quot;One of my favorite events is <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/338390302974282/?ref_dashboard_filter=calendar" target="_blank">AK Night at the Owl</a>,&nbsp;which is on the first&nbsp;<span data-term="goog_990423586" tabindex="0">Wednesday</span>&nbsp;of every month. I DJ, spinning locals only, and premier my new monthly mix tape Tuff + Rumble. Active local bands and Chicago bands of years past will be included on the mix. [You can download it for free&nbsp;<a href="http://animalkingdom.bandcamp.com/" target="_blank">here</a>.] A cassette will be co-released with&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/parliamenttapes" target="_blank">Parliament Tapes</a>&nbsp;every two months that will be available for purchase from the bands and in the Owl&#39;s tape vending machine.&quot;</p><p>&quot;The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagoundergroundmusicarchive.com/" target="_blank">Chicago Underground Music Archive</a>&nbsp;is another project I help out with. It is a community effort to record local bands at DIY spaces around town and make them available online for free.&quot;</p><p><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>HEATHER WEST,</strong>&nbsp;owner of Western Publicity</span></p><p><strong>Background: &quot;</strong>I&#39;ve been in the business since I was 18, as a concert promoter, club talent buyer, record company manager, and publicist. I started my own <a href="http://I have a very large circle of women friends who work in music here in Chicago, I feel really blessed. We can vent, provide support, share resources from the community as well as nationally and share new bands with each other. I find myself connecting bands with journalists, agents, managers, club bookers without regard to whether they've hired me (as well as trying to find jobs for dedicated interns) and I know we all do the same. Its the sharing that helps keep things fresh and growing, not competition. The women I see around me understand this," target="_blank">music publicity company</a> in 2008, and I work with festivals, record labels, indie bands, and documentary projects.&quot;</p><p><strong>On the Chicago music scene:&nbsp;</strong>&quot;I love the generosity I see going on in the creative community. People truly look out for each other; there is no misfortune that will not cause other folks on the scene to throw a benefit, crowdsource, etc.&quot;</p><p>&quot;I have a very large circle of women friends who work in music here in Chicago; I feel really blessed. I find myself connecting bands with journalists, agents, managers, and club bookers without regard to whether they&#39;ve hired me (as well as trying to find jobs for dedicated interns), and I know we all do the same. It&#39;s the sharing that helps keep things fresh and growing, not competition. The women I see around me understand this.&quot;</p><p><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>MELANIE MCCLAIN,</strong>&nbsp;artist manager for The GTW and JODY</span></p><p><strong>Background:</strong> &quot;In addition to moving to Nashville, 2011 began a new chapter of my life as I began to manage the rapper turned electronic&nbsp;R&amp;B crooner, <a href="http://www.greaterthanwealth.com" target="_blank">The GTW</a>. In 2012, The GTW teamed up with the Chicago-based electronic production duo The Drum and vocalists Khalee Standberry-Lois and David Robertson to form the supergroup, JODY. I also manage JODY, and in less than a year, they performed at <a href="http://www.spin.com/articles/lollapalooza-2013-kendrick-lamar-the-postal-service-ellie-goulding-eric-church/" target="_blank">Lollapalooza </a>and Converse&#39;s&nbsp;FADER FORT at CMJ.&quot;</p><p><strong>On the Chicago music scene: &quot;</strong>I&nbsp;am motivated to support Chicago&#39;s music scene because it inspires me to think outside the box and&nbsp;defy stereotypes.&nbsp;Chicago is a city that doesn&#39;t&nbsp;stifle a creative&#39;s vision or limit them to local mentality.&nbsp;Whenever I travel,&nbsp;people&nbsp;have a hard time identifying the city that I&#39;m from, but the pieces come together when I confidently say, &quot;Chicago,&quot; because my&nbsp;hometown represents a Mecca for dance music, soul, experimental rock music, and&nbsp;unclassifiable&nbsp;genres. I&nbsp;think Kanye West is&nbsp;perfect example of the&nbsp;misunderstood creative&nbsp;genius that Chicago can easily incubate.&quot;</p><p><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>JENN GREEN, </strong>radio personality at RWD.FM</span></p><p><strong>Background: </strong>&quot;Every Wednesday, I host a prime time two-hour radio show called &quot;Greenhaus Radio&quot; which features the latest electronic, house, techno, footwork and hip-hop tracks. Before joining&nbsp;<a href="http://rwd.fm/" target="_blank">RWD.FM</a>,&nbsp;I hosted a radio show with Party 934 Radio based out of Joliet, IL that broadcasted online, as well as on 94.9 FM in Hudson Valley, NY.&quot;</p><p><strong>On the Chicago music scene:</strong>&nbsp;&quot;The music scene in Chicago is truly a melting pot! I know many artists and other talented individuals from all over the world, and everyone seems to have Chicago heavy on their radar. I&#39;ve been in Chicago for almost six years now, and the music culture keeps growing &mdash; from the huge electronic boom to hip-hop artists becoming household names overnight.&quot;</p><p>&quot;I love dance and electronic music. I&#39;m from the suburbs of Detroit, the birthplace of techno, and then I move to Chicago, the birth place of house music&mdash; how could I not indulge? I find myself frequenting Smart Bar, Primary Night Club, Neo, Elbo Room, Rodan&#39;s, Lincoln Hall, Berlin, and the Empty Bottle. Let&#39;s face it: if you are a Chicago music fan, then you are indeed dedicated, because these venues are all over town! If the music is of quality, then your feet will guide you there (with the help of Uber, but of course).&quot;</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/jessie.jpg" style="height: 225px; width: 300px; float: left;" title="Jesse Rose Crane of The Funs plays on Cassette Store Day at Bric-A-Brac Records. (Photo courtesy of Kelly Nothing)" /><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>KARISSA TALANIAN,&nbsp;</strong>owner of&nbsp;Eye Vybe Records &amp; Tapes</span></p><p><strong>Background: &quot;</strong>I run a <a href="http://eyevyberecords.bigcartel.com" target="_blank">label</a> that specializes in releases for local groups. I&#39;m up to about 20 releases and have done 45&#39;s, cassettes, cassingles, and even a flexi disc. I&#39;ve got an LP coming in early 2014. I also drum in a handful of bands &mdash; including Plastic Crimewave Syndicate, The Cut Worms, Purple Pain, Eeeagles, and the now-defunct Strychnine &mdash; and do my fair share of booking and promoting shows for bands and venues.&quot;</p><p><strong>On the Chicago music scene:&nbsp;</strong>&quot;The thing that strikes me about the Chicago music community &mdash; at least the more garage/psych/rock and roll community that I find myself to be a part of &mdash; is how many people are genuinely interested in helping the scene develop and grow. For every casual show-goer there is, there&#39;s another person at that and every other show, and then there&#39;s another who&#39;s behind it all: working to book, record, release, play themselves, and spread the word.&quot;</p><div>&quot;And I don&#39;t mean this to sound like it&#39;s an insular group of people only helping each other! The enthusiasm of so many of the characters in this community is amazing, and it&#39;s great watching it blossom.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong style="font-size: 16px;">VERONICA MURTAGH,</strong><span style="font-size: 16px;">&nbsp;founder and editor of the music blog Cream Team</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><p><strong>Background: &quot;</strong>I started&nbsp;<a href="http://www.creamteam.tv/" target="_blank">Cream Team</a>&nbsp;in 2008 as a way to promote events and share music with friends, and it quickly became a destination and a local resource. It opened the doors for me to contribute short and long-form writing to a variety of other outlets.&quot;</p><div><strong>On the Chicago music scene: &quot;</strong>There&#39;s never a dull moment, or an off day. Chicago has a vibrant scene for whatever sound you might be into, with something going on every night of the week. It makes getting outside your comfort zone easy. You can go to a club one night, a rock show the next, an all-ages DIY space&nbsp;<span data-term="goog_990423596" tabindex="0">on Thursday,</span>&nbsp;and an after-hours loft&nbsp;<span data-term="goog_990423597" tabindex="0">on Friday</span>. It&#39;s all close by and ready to explore.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Chicago is a big city filled with big hearts. No matter what genre of music you&#39;re a fan of, the people are the same &mdash; genuine. From the artists to the promoters to the crowds, there&#39;s a feeling of being amongst kindred spirits.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p><strong>AND LET&#39;S NOT FORGET:</strong></p><ul><li>Christen Carter, owner of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.busybeaver.net" target="_blank">Busy Beaver Button Co.</a></li><li>Bettina Richards, owner of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thrilljockey.com/splash.html" target="_blank">Thrill Jockey Records</a>.</li><li>Katie Tuten, co-owner of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com" target="_blank">The Hideout</a>&nbsp;with husband Tim.</li><li>Alisa Baum, director of concert production at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.oldtownschool.org" target="_blank">Old Town School&nbsp;of Folk Music</a>.</li><li>Shawn Campbell, founder of&nbsp;<a href="http://chirpradio.org" target="_blank">ChIRP&nbsp;radio</a>.</li><li>Maria Mowbray, executive director of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rockforkids.org" target="_blank">Rock For Kids</a>.</li><li>Jen Lemasters, co-owner of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/bricabracrecords" target="_blank">Bric-A-Brac Records</a>&nbsp;with husband Nick.&nbsp;</li><li>Becca James, editor in chief of the music webzine&nbsp;<a href="http://popstache.com" target="_blank">Pop&#39;Stache</a>.</li><li>Jordan Young and Serena Fragassi, co-founders of&nbsp;<a href="http://boxxmagazine.com" target="_blank">Boxx Magazine</a>.</li><li>Lisa Roe, co-owner of the&nbsp;<a href="http://troubleinmindrecs.com/">Trouble in Mind</a>&nbsp;record label with husband Bill.&nbsp;</li><li>Mia Park, host of the kids&#39; dance and music show&nbsp;<a href="http://miapark.com/acting_chicagogo.php" target="_blank">Chic-a-Go-Go</a>.</li><li>Alex White, DIY trailblazer and one-half of the Chicago band&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-06/white-mystery-diy-music-heroes-107816" target="_blank">White Mystery</a>.</li></ul></div><div><em>Leah Pickett writes about popular culture for WBEZ. Follow her on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/leahkpickett" target="_blank">@leahkpickett</a>.&nbsp;</em></div></p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 08:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-11/meet-women-rocking-chicagos-music-scene-109098 Morning Shift: Navy Pier's future facelift has to strike balance http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-13/morning-shift-navy-piers-future-facelift-has-strike <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Navy Pier - Flickr - Bernt Rostad.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>With Navy Pier headed toward a re-design in the next couple years, can the design continue to attract so many tourists? And, Matteson, Illinois, officials are closing Lincoln Mall. What does this imply about the future economy of the south suburbs?&nbsp;</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-42.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-42" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Navy Pier's future facelift has to strike balance" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 08:29:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-13/morning-shift-navy-piers-future-facelift-has-strike Life’s work of rock photographer on display http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/life%E2%80%99s-work-rock-photographer-display-108068 <p><p>Throughout his career, Chicago photographer Paul Natkin shot pictures of some of the biggest names in music.</p><p>His work has been featured in magazines from <em>Rolling Stone</em> to <em>Newsweek</em>.</p><p>Now, the Elmhurst Historical Museum is showing a retrospective of his work through Aug. 25. It&rsquo;s called &ldquo;Shutter to Think: the Rock and Roll Lens of Paul Natkin.&rdquo; Natkin himself talks at the museum July 18.</p><p>WBEZ&rsquo;s Richard Steele went to the exhibit to talk to Natkin and find out what it&rsquo;s like to shoot Prince and the Rolling Stones.</p><p>Listen to Natkin&#39;s stories about meeting &ldquo;the purple one&rdquo; and touring with Keith Richards.</p><p><em>This interview was produced by WBEZ&rsquo;s Katie Kather and Yolanda Perdomo.</em></p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/natkin%203%20Pearl%20Jam.jpg" style="height: 410px; width: 620px;" title="Pearl Jam plays the Chicago Stadium on March 7, 1994. (Photo by Paul Natkin/WireImage.com)" /></p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/natkin%201%20Bruce%20Springsteen.jpg" style="height: 918px; width: 620px;" title="Bruce Springsteen at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre on February 23rd, 1977. (Photo by Paul Natkin/WireImage)" /></p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/natkin%205_Rolling%20Stones_80-scr.jpg" style="height: 526px; width: 620px;" title="The Rolling Stones on the ‘Steel Wheels Tour’ in 1989. (Photo by Paul Natkin/WireImage)" /></div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/natkin%204%20Pete%20Townshend%201980%20International%20Ampitheatre%20Chicago-scr.jpg" style="height: 953px; width: 620px;" title="The Who at the International Ampitheater on May 3rd, 1980, in Chicago. (Photo by Paul Natkin/WireImage)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/natkin%202%20Madonna.jpg" style="height: 934px; width: 620px;" title="Madonna performs at the UIC Pavillion on May 18th, 1985, in Chicago. (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images)" /></div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 12:55:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/life%E2%80%99s-work-rock-photographer-display-108068 Furthur at Northerly Island: No Jerry, but not bad http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/furthur-northerly-island-no-jerry-not-bad-101005 <p><p><a href="http://www.thejerrysite.com/">Jerry Garcia</a>, the guitarist/singer/songwriter/reluctant leader of the <a href="http://dead.net/">Grateful Dead </a>and the Deadhead nation, played his last show right here in Chicago, at the &ldquo;pre-spaceship&rdquo; Soldier Field in July of 1995. A month later he was gone.&nbsp; Since Garcia&rsquo;s death, various members of the band have toured together under various names-The Other Ones, Ratdog, Phil &amp;&nbsp; Friends, The Dead, and now <a href="http://www.furthur.net/">Furthur</a>-each trying to capture the sound and energy of the band when &ldquo;Captain Trips&rdquo; was alive.&nbsp; I&rsquo;ve attended concerts from several of those iterations over the last 17 years, and each time I&rsquo;ve walked away disappointed. The tempo was too plodding.&nbsp; The riffs were too predictable.&nbsp; The magic simply wasn&rsquo;t there.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Phil%20Lesh%20of%20the%20Grateful%20Dead%20offshoot%20Further%20%28AP%29.jpg" title="Bassist Phil Lesh of Further dancing around a melody. (AP)" /></p><p>Now, let me explain something.&nbsp; The Grateful Dead were plodding and predictable <em>before</em> Jerry died! &nbsp;Even the band&rsquo;s most ardent supporters couldn&rsquo;t possibly argue the fact that heavy drug use, the weight of holding up a huge business juggernaut (the band employed hundreds of people), and the isolation brought on by superstardom had been eating away at Garcia&rsquo;s abilities and attitude for years.&nbsp; The Dead went from having outstanding &nbsp;tours in the 1970&rsquo;s (where it seemed like everything they played for an entire month was fresh and inspired), to great runs in the 80&rsquo;s (perhaps a 2 or 3 night stand at Chicago&rsquo;s Uptown Theater that was pure gold), to solid single performances, to one or two nice-but-fleeting moments within a show.&nbsp;</p><p>But despite the sub-par tunes, and the annoying travelling circus that followed the band (it felt like there were more people there for the party than the music-I voice a similar complaint every time I go to Wrigley Field to see the Cubs) Deadheads like me kept going back for one reason: Jerry.&nbsp; If he had that twinkle in his eye, and the mood and the crowd and the venue and the band came into some kind of cosmic alignment, he was the one who could pull out something transcendent.&nbsp; Something that made you think about yourself or the universe or your place in it in a totally different way.&nbsp; Something life affirming.&nbsp; Something that nobody had heard before and nobody will ever hear again.&nbsp; A dunk from Michael Jordan.&nbsp; A riff from Charlie Parker.&nbsp; A moment of divine inspiration, channeled through a great artist, and he&rsquo;s <em>sharing it </em>with <em>you</em>.</p><p>Which takes us to last night&rsquo;s performance of Furthur at <a href="https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;q=charter+one+pavilion&amp;fb=1&amp;gl=us&amp;hq=charter+one+pavilion&amp;cid=0,0,17856248692159125317&amp;ei=bw4HUNqTEYfo0QGX1aTHCA&amp;ved=0CMABEPwSMAA">Charter One Pavilion on Northerly Island</a>.&nbsp; Out-of-town friends had descended on Chicago.&nbsp; I&rsquo;d seen dozens of actual Grateful Dead shows with these jokers, and I&rsquo;ve been mocking their enthusiasm for the post-Jerry product for years.&nbsp; While they didn&rsquo;t pull me in kicking and screaming, I did yell &ldquo;I&rsquo;d rather be sitting on my couch in the A/C listening to the real thing!&rdquo; (I probably have 1,000 hours of high-quality bootlegs covering the band&rsquo;s 30+ years) several times. &nbsp;For the 2 hours before the show, I was peppered with plenty of &nbsp;&ldquo;Dude, trust me&rdquo;&#39;s. So I took my suspicions, my past experiences, and my general negativity to the middle of the GA section of Charter One (nice place to see a show).&nbsp; There I folded my arms, glowered at the stage, and dared the musicians to impress me.&nbsp;</p><p>I&rsquo;m here to tell you&hellip;.it didn&rsquo;t suck.&nbsp; As a matter of fact, it was actually...pretty good.&nbsp; Bob Weir&rsquo;s jagged, staccato playing and herky-jerky lyric delivery were perfectly summed up by my friend who said &ldquo;he&rsquo;s the Shatner of Rock &lsquo;n Roll&rdquo;. &nbsp;And even at age 70, Phil Lesh continues to defy the role of the bass player in rock by simultaneously grounding <em>and </em>leading the jams. The double-drummer lineup has been pared down to a (much welcomed) single, solid drummer. A couple of backup singers have wisely been added, and they do a great job of shoring up the vocals.&nbsp;</p><p>The Grateful Dead were at their best when they were acting like a jazz band, with each member listening intently to the others and playing in the service of the whole. It was collective improvisation in the truest sense.&nbsp; But let&rsquo;s not kid ourselves.&nbsp; Garcia was the first among equals, and the guy playing &ldquo;the Jerry role&rdquo; will become the focus of much of the music.&nbsp; That role these days is filled by John Kadlecik (who spent his teens and early twenties in Palatine, Ill.), best known for his work leading Dark Star Orchestra.&nbsp; DSO toured the country for a dozen years re-creating whole Grateful Dead performances (they&rsquo;d pick out a specific night from, say 1968 or 1977 or 1982), virtually note for note.&nbsp; He knows the tunes, the the riffs, and the sweet spots as well as just about anyone. And Kadlecik delivered the goods.&nbsp; From the opening notes of &quot;Here Comes Sunshine&quot; to the thunderous climax of &quot;Morning Dew,&quot; he really has a knack for sounding like Jerry when Jerry sounded like Jerry.&nbsp;</p><p>Like all of the guitarists filling Garcia&#39;s shoes, he might be a little &ldquo;too good&rdquo; for me.&nbsp; He doesn&rsquo;t make mistakes. One of the things that made Garcia so endearing was he liked nothing more than the challenge of painting himself into a musical corner and then figuring out how to extricate himself from said tight spot.&nbsp; Most of the time he escaped, and you&rsquo;d exhale along with him and shout an &ldquo;atta boy!&rdquo;. Sometimes he got stuck in that corner and he/we would use it as a metaphor for life-acknowledge you blew it, have a good laugh, pull up your pants, and move on.&nbsp; In addition to the &ldquo;perfection question&rdquo;, several of the tunes could use a bit more speed.&nbsp; One or two slow-churning boogies are ok over the course of the night. &nbsp;The number was closer to five.&nbsp; But the band put plenty of pep into chestnuts like &quot;Mississippi Half-Step,&quot; &quot;Cassidy,&quot; and &quot;Passenger.&quot;&nbsp; They ended the first set with a fantastic version of the Weir combo &quot;Lost Sailor/Saint of Circumstance.&quot;</p><p>Unlike past performances I didn&rsquo;t walk away muttering obscenities, swearing that I&rsquo;ll stick to my bootlegs and my memories. &nbsp;If I can use a foodie/restaurant metaphor: they weren&#39;t trying to be <a href="http://www.alinea-restaurant.com/">Alinea</a>. This wasn&#39;t about moving the music in new, unrecognizable directions. This was more like going to The <a href="http://www.originalpancakehouse.com/">Original Pancake House</a> on a Sunday morning. &nbsp;You&#39;re dreaming about your order the minute you wake up, and when the food arrives, you get exactly what was swirling around in your head for the last few hours-good ole&#39; American staples done right, maybe with a little twist. &nbsp;Jerry Garcia was a unique talent and personality that can never be replaced. &nbsp;Period.&nbsp; But for once, instead of focusing on what this band is <em>not</em>, I decided to focus on what it <em>is</em>.&nbsp; And what it is is probably the best darn Grateful Dead cover band that ever existed.&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 13:44:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/furthur-northerly-island-no-jerry-not-bad-101005 Pittsburgh punk rockers Anti-Flag go on 'General Strike' http://www.wbez.org/story/pittsburgh-punk-rockers-anti-flag-go-general-strike-97301 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-March/2012-03-14/anti-flag_by_tony_mott_01.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Pittsburgh punk band <a href="http://www.anti-flag.com/">Anti-Flag</a> is well known for piercing messages against war, imperialism, and human rights. Their new album <em>The General Strike</em> is no exception! Anti-Flag's Pat Thetic joined Jesse Menendez on Vocalo's <a href="http://www.vocalo.org/musicvoxblog">MusicVox</a> to discuss the new album, social activism, and strikes as a tool for political action.</p></p> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 22:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/pittsburgh-punk-rockers-anti-flag-go-general-strike-97301 Musician Chris Connelly relives the underground industrial rock of the 1980s http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-05/musician-chris-connelly-relives-underground-industrial-rock-1980s-96978 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-05/5271788472_00efe60c8f_z[1].jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-05/ChrisConnelly.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 406px; float: right; margin: 7px;" title="(WBEZ/Andrew Gill)">When Scotland-born musician <a href="http://chrisconnelly.com/" target="_blank">Chris Connelly</a> bumped into Chicago industrial music icon Al Jourgensen back in 1986, the connection was nearly instant. Jourgensen and members of the seminal industrial rock band, <a href="http://www.thirteenthplanet.com/ministry/" target="_blank">Ministry</a>, were in Connelly’s native Edinburgh at the time.</p><div class="inset"><div class="insetContent"><p><span style="font-size: 10px;">Listen to Steve Edwards interview Chris Connelly on <em>Afternoon Shift</em></span></p><p>&nbsp;</p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332745966-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/AfternoonShift_20120305_Connelly.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div></div><p>Not long after this initial encounter, Jourgensen invited Connelly to come to Chicago to record with a newer venture, Revolting Cocks (aka, RevCo).</p><p>According to Connelly, a six-month stint of traveling back and forth from Edinburgh and Chicago to record with Revco finally got to him – in a good way.&nbsp; He’d grown quite fond of the city.&nbsp; Then, when Jourgensen invited him back to Chicago to play some shows with RevCo, Connelly decided to make his stay here permanent.</p><p>Since these early days when the genre of industrial was still coming of age, Chris Connelly has continued to innovate and break new ground. His bands include the aforementioned RevCo and Ministry, and scores of others including Pigface, Murder, Inc. and Damage Manual, as well as solo releases.&nbsp; And, more than twenty-five years later, Connelly is still belting out his vocals with a hint of a Scottish accent.</p><p>His most recent solo release is <em>Artificial Madness</em> (Relapse Records, 2011).</p><p>Chris Connelly will join <a href="http://www.soundopinions.org/" target="_blank"><em>Sound Opinions</em></a> hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a WBEZ Off-Air presentation, <a href="https://secure2.convio.net/wbez/site/Ecommerce/1197885908?VIEW_PRODUCT=true&amp;product_id=13884&amp;store_id=8621" target="_blank">Chicago Sounds in the 80s: Underground Incubator</a>. They’ll be joined from greats from two of Chicago’s other big underground scenes of the '80s:&nbsp; Legendary house music DJ <a href="http://www.myspace.com/fkalways" target="_blank">Frankie Knuckles</a>, and punk rock innovator Santiago Durango (<a href="http://www.tgrec.com/bands/band.php?id=34" target="_blank">Big Black</a>, <a href="http://www.nakedraygun.org/" target="_blank">Naked Raygun</a>).</p></p> Mon, 05 Mar 2012 18:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-05/musician-chris-connelly-relives-underground-industrial-rock-1980s-96978 The Moses Gun discuss 90's rock music and their new self-titled LP http://www.wbez.org/story/moses-gun-discuss-90s-rock-music-and-their-new-self-titled-lp-95711 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-January/2012-01-20/405140_10150473404247073_208481352072_9327265_1259453294_n.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Vell Mullens and Rich Harris met up and started jamming on Chicago's South Side in 1989.</p><p>Inspired by rock and grunge of the era, the two formed <a href="http://www.facebook.com/themosesgun">The Moses Gun</a> in 1995 - a rock group with heavy guitars, thick bass lines and poignant lyrics. Their self-titled LP is out now on <a href="http://www.dktrecords.com/">DKT Records</a>.</p><p>Vell and Rich joined Jesse Menendez on Vocalo's <a href="http://www.vocalo.org/musicvoxblog">MusicVox</a> to talk about how they became such avid rock fanatics as well as the pre-conceived notions that others have about Black rock musicians.</p></p> Fri, 20 Jan 2012 21:48:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/moses-gun-discuss-90s-rock-music-and-their-new-self-titled-lp-95711 Hits from the music world in 2011 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-21/hits-music-world-2011-95019 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-19/shocking shaking.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>With hundreds, if not thousands of records released each year, finding fresh tunes can be a tough task. Luckily, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> grabbed two people who have their fingers on pulse to distill it down for you.<span style="font-style: italic;"> </span><em>Radio M</em> host Tony Sarabia always has his ear to the best sounds from around the globe-either new, or, newly dug up.&nbsp; And music journalist Althea Legaspi soaks up rock, pop and hip hop like a sponge. They recently sat down with <em>Eight Forty Eight’s</em> Alison Cuddy to talk about their favorites from 2011.</p></p> Wed, 21 Dec 2011 15:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-21/hits-music-world-2011-95019 The Singleman Affair makes psychedelic folk-rock for escape http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-09/singleman-affair-makes-psychedelic-folk-rock-escape-82035 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/The Singleman Affair.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.myspace.com/thesinglemanaffair">The Singleman Affair</a> has a new record out this week and a gig Friday night at the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/">Hideout</a>. For WBEZ, music critic Robert Loerzel spoke with the group&rsquo;s singer-songwriter, Daniel Schneider, to find out how he came up with his psychedelic folk-rock sound.<br /><br />Daniel Schneider grew up in the 1980s and '90s. But the music he fell in love with was from decades before. He says &ldquo;My dad had an amazing record collection: The Velvet Underground, old Bob Dylan records, Neil Young. That kind of opened up the door. One of the great examples of something that stuck to my head of being like, &ldquo;This is what I want to do,&rdquo; is when you listen to the Stones&rsquo; version of &ldquo;Play With Fire,&rdquo; and you can just hear the tambourine with the reverb and it&rsquo;s like &ldquo;Chhh! Chhh!&rdquo; When I heard that, I was just like, &ldquo;Wow! Why can&rsquo;t all music be like this?&rdquo;</p><p>Music isn&rsquo;t the only thing Schneider loves about the &lsquo;60s. The 1968 classic, <em>The Graduate</em> provided his band name.</p><p>There&rsquo;s a scene in the movie when the main character, Benjamin Braddock &hellip; he&rsquo;s about to have an affair with Mrs. Robinson, and he comes to the hotel clerk. &hellip; He&rsquo;s really nervous. He&rsquo;s fidgeting around. The clerk says &ldquo;Can I help you, sir?&rdquo; Dustin Hoffman&rsquo;s character Braddock replies &ldquo;What? Oh, no, I&rsquo;m just&hellip;&rdquo; The clerk asks &ldquo;Are you here for an affair, sir?&rdquo; There&rsquo;s a pause, and then Braddock says &ldquo;What?&rdquo; The clerk says &ldquo;The Singleman party, sir.&rdquo; &ldquo;Oh , yes, the Singleman party.&rdquo;</p><p>Years later, Schneider decided to call himself the Singleman Affair when he began recording solo music&hellip;music that was influenced by the gentle folk rock of Nick Drake and the psychedelic sounds of Moby Grape. A Chicago music magazine called Galactic Zoo Dossier included one of those songs on a CD. And then someone in England heard it. Schneider explains, &ldquo;Alan McGee, out in England, who is the founder of Creation Records and discovered Oasis and My Bloody Valentine and Jesus and Mary Chain &ndash; he had heard one of those songs and contacted me.&rdquo;</p><p>That&rsquo;s how the first album by the Singleman Affair, <em>Let&rsquo;s Kill the Summer</em>, ended up coming out on McGee&rsquo;s Poptones label. Schneider couldn&rsquo;t get a record deal in the U.S., but he was getting rave reviews in England. But then, almost as soon as the record was out, Poptones went out of business. Schneider wasn&rsquo;t all that disappointed, however. He says &ldquo;I never really felt when it ended that I lost anything. It wasn&rsquo;t like millions of fans or anything (laughs). I&rsquo;ve always continued to make music and this really &ndash; that ending didn&rsquo;t change it. I just had to figure out who would put out the next record.&rdquo;</p><p>That didn&rsquo;t turn out to be so easy. Schneider&rsquo;s been working on his latest album for the past four years. He spent most of that time trying to get record labels interested. &ldquo;I had been given offers to do limited runs of vinyl only for, like, 300 pressings with no real publicity. I just didn&rsquo;t see the benefit of doing that. I could probably do the same thing myself for cheaper.&rdquo;</p><p>That&rsquo;s why Schneider decided to release it on his own record label, Cardboard Sangria. The second Singleman Affair album, <em>Silhouettes at Dawn</em>, is out this week on CD and vinyl. He says &ldquo;I wanted to do something that was really epic. I brought in Mark Messing of (the Chicago band) Mucca Pazza to do all the string arrangements, and we pulled in different guest musicians to kind of fill out that sound that wasn&rsquo;t there.&rdquo;</p><p>For the song &ldquo;Asleep on the Ground,&rdquo; Schneider wanted strings that sounded like the music he&rsquo;d heard in movies as a kid. &ldquo;They used to have Frazier Thomas&rsquo; classic movies on Channel 9. And I always used to remember the old Moby Dick they would show. And they&rsquo;d have, like, these really cool string parts that would come in when they would start rowing across the sea. The narrator says &ldquo;Long days and nights we strained at the oars, while the white whale swam freely on, widening the waters between himself and Ahab&rsquo;s vengeance (music swells). That was kind of the initial idea for strings with that song.&rdquo;</p><p>The songs tell haunting stories about Civil War soldiers and mythical creatures, searching for the lovers they&rsquo;ve lost and the homes they&rsquo;ve left behind. &ldquo;Wings&rdquo; is a song about a world where the people are half-human and half-bird. Schneider says, &ldquo;This main character in this song doesn&rsquo;t have wings, and all he&rsquo;s ever wanted to do is to be able to fly.&rdquo;</p><p>Schneider says these songs come out of his experiences coping with depression and anxiety. He says his music is an escape from all that &ndash; especially now that the Singleman Affair isn&rsquo;t single anymore. It&rsquo;s a full band.</p><p>Friday night at the Hideout, Daniel Schneider and his band mates will celebrate the release of their album, <em>Silhouettes at Dawn.</em></p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG /> <o:PixelsPerInch>72</o:PixelsPerInch> <o:TargetScreenSize>1024x768</o:TargetScreenSize> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning /> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas /> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables /> <w:SnapToGridInCell /> <w:WrapTextWithPunct /> <w:UseAsianBreakRules /> <w:DontGrowAutofit /> </w:Compatibility> <w:DoNotOptimizeForBrowser /> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--></p><p class="MsoNormal"><b style="">Songs featured:</b></p><p>The Rolling Stones, &ldquo;Play with Fire&rdquo;, (B-side to 7-inch of &ldquo;The Last Time&rdquo; on Decca / London Records)<br />The Singleman Affair, &ldquo;Dragon Flies To Find&rdquo;, <em>Let&rsquo;s Kill the Summer</em> (Poptones)<br />The Singleman Affair, &ldquo;Asleep on the Ground&rdquo;, <em>Silhouettes at Dawn </em>(Cardboard Sangria)<br />The Singleman Affair, &ldquo;Wings&rdquo;,<em> Silhouettes at Dawn</em> (Cardboard Sangria)<br />The Singleman Affair, &ldquo;Same Sky I See&rdquo;, <em>Silhouettes at Dawn</em> (Cardboard Sangria)</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><iframe width="400" height="225" frameborder="0" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/20835836?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=b30000"></iframe></p><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/20835836">The Singleman Affair performs &quot;Same Sky I See&quot; on WBEZ's &quot;Eight Forty-Eight&quot;</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/wbez">WBEZ</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p></p> Wed, 09 Feb 2011 15:24:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-09/singleman-affair-makes-psychedelic-folk-rock-escape-82035 Purple Apple: Teen rock group immune to Bieber fever http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/purple-apple-teen-rock-group-immune-bieber-fever <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/DSC_0455.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Becoming a teenager involves a lot of firsts: Your first time driving, your first kiss, your first boy- or girlfriend. But what about your first rock concert? Not just as a spectator but as the onstage act?</p><p>Local band <a href="http://www.myspace.com/purpleapplemusic" target="_blank">Purple Apple</a> hit that first just over a year ago. Purple Apple is a trio of 13 year olds: Olivia Eigel, Madi O'Brien and Nonie Andersen. They&rsquo;re joined by Eigel&rsquo;s 25-year-old nanny, Devin Owens.</p><p>Saturday night they plan on blowing the doors off the <a href="http://hideoutchicago.com/" target="_blank">Hideout Holiday Music Hour</a> on W. Wabansia in Chicago.<br />&nbsp;<br />Purple Apple recently joined &quot;Eight Forty-Eight&quot; in WBEZ's Jim and Kay Mabie Performance Studio to play a set and to talk host Alison Cuddy about their music.</p></p> Thu, 16 Dec 2010 14:07:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/purple-apple-teen-rock-group-immune-bieber-fever