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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
I’ve been excited about this one posting for awhile now. One of my favorite Q&As to conduct/write up in years was with Josh Freese of Devo/The Vandals/Nine Inch Nails/A Perfect Circle fame, recorded backstage at a recent Devo show. I also learned that if you get a really great drummer to tell a bunch of awesome stories about the bands he has played with, VICE’s Noisey will be pretty stoked to publish it, even though you turned it in at more than 5,000 words. Fans of The Replacements should also enjoy this one. Guns N’ Roses, too. You can read Continue reading
I recently did an interview with Damian Kulash of OK Go and Aaron Duffy of 1stAveMachine about how they put together that crazy new music video for “The Writing’s on the Wall” with all those anamorphic illusions. It was something that interested me personally, and I had a blast talking with both of them to piece together the feature. If you’re curious, Digital Trends published it, and you can read it by clicking here.