Links: An editorial with a Beatles tie

So, following up on that McCartney piece I shared the other day, I wrote an editorial to go along with it. My uncle was a longtime Beatles fanatic, used to co-host a radio show called “Breakfast with the Beatles” on WCKG. So I had an interesting connection/full circle sort of feeling when covering the Paul McCartney show. So, I unearthed the photo and wrote about the experience that week. Pretty happy with the way it turned out. You can check it out here (subscription). A little bit… “I never quite shared the same passion as him for The Beatles. I Continue reading Links: An editorial with a Beatles tie

Links: Writer, photographer get personal about Paul [Live Music Review]

I’ve been meaning to share this for awhile but had some personal things going on around the time it ran. Still wanted to share it, so here it goes. Paul McCartney was in Tinley Park for two nights. He was awesome. His set was slightly different each night, and some other things happened. Our photographer was there a different night than I, so instead of the standard story, we put together this conversation about our experiences the two different nights. Also included setlists and a sidebar giving some local residents the chance to weigh in. I was really happy with the way Continue reading Links: Writer, photographer get personal about Paul [Live Music Review]

Links: Blink-182 at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre review

That cover story I wrote on Blink-182 playing the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Chicago can be found by clicking here. (Subscription) Photo by Laurie Fanelli —– A preview of my take on the whole thing… If Tinley Park felt a lot like high school again Friday, Sept. 9, that is because Blink-182 was in town for a headlining set at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre. It just did not sound quite the same as it did in high school. Bassist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker were still living up to the name, but Tom DeLonge was replaced by Matt Skiba, of Chicago’s Alkaline Continue reading Links: Blink-182 at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre review

Links – Black Sabbath live at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Chicago review

I recently had the chance to cover Black Sabbath’s farewell tour when it rolled through the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Chicago. Pretty happy with my lede. Fun show. Subscription site. Slightly lamenting the idea that I might have done my best work for a sister publication this particular week. Check it out by clicking here, if you’re interested. Photo by Ross Halfin. —– From the story… Farewell tours are a dime a dozen in the music industry. Reunions? A quarter. So fans are justified in being at least a little skeptical when an act like Black Sabbath announces a tour called “The End,” featuring three-quarters of Continue reading Links – Black Sabbath live at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Chicago review

Links: Noisey – Interview with author of Kanye West – Reanimator

Call this my contribution to the Halloween landscape. A guy named Joshua Chaplinsky mashed up H.P. Lovecraft’s “Herbert West – Reanimator” with the career of Kanye West for a book called “Kanye West – Reanimator.” I interviewed him for Noisey because that seemed like the thing to do. You can read it in full by clicking here.

Links: Riot Fest Chicago 2015 for Noisey

I had the opportunity this past weekend to cover Riot Fest: Chicago 2015 for VICE’s wonderful Noisey publication. It was a grueling weekend with little sleep, but it also was a lot of fun. I wound up doing day-by-day coverage of the fest, so I’ve broken down the links be day below. Enjoy! Day 1 Day 2 Day 3

Links: Noisey – Primus Rank Your Records

I have now had the opportunity to interview Les Claypool of Primus twice, the first for a now-defunct magazine about his composing the Mushroom Men video game soundtrack. This time, I talked to him for the not-at-all-defunct Noisey imprint of VICE. We did a Rank Your Records focusing on Primus’ studio albums. As with the first time around, Claypool was a great interview, and I had a lot of fun putting it together. You can check it out by clicking here.

Links: The A.V. Club – HateSong: Chris Jericho on Rednex’s ‘Cotton Eye Joe’

My two all-time favorite wrestlers are Chris Jericho and CM Punk. Seeing as the latter is busy training for punching and kicking people for real, I recently decided I wanted to chat with Chris Jericho. So I pitched a HateSong feature to The A.V. Club, they said OK and I did just that. Chris Jericho takes it to “Cotton Eye Joe” by Rednex in this fun Q&A, with a little bit of wrestling at the tail end. You can read it in full by clicking here.

Links: Noisey – Bayside Rank Your Records

So, I had a chance to talk to Anthony Raneri of Bayside for VICE’s Noisey. While Rank Your Records is a somewhat paint-by-numbers feature that runs itself, I was happy with some of the extra chats we got to have on most of the albums, and some of the stories that came out of it. I’m obviously biased, but I think it turned out really well, think it’s worth a read even if you’re not the biggest Bayside fan in the world. And I tend to agree with the rankings. You can read it in full by clicking here.