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: Digital Trends – How OK Go made the video for ‘The Writing’s on the Wall’

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.

Links: Digital Trends – Q&A with OAR’s Mikel Paris

I never really got into O.A.R., but I recently had an opportunity to interview keyboardist Mikel Paris about some of his extracurricular activities out on the road. He was a really nice guy with a great perspective on not wasting all of his opportunities and time out on the road. The interview was published by Digital Trends, and you can read it by clicking here.  

John Drake of Harmonix talks trying to bring back Amplitude with help from fans [Video Games Interview]

Kickstarter campaign enters final 24 hours By Bill Jones Harmonix recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring an HD version of Amplitude — a popular PlayStation 2-era rhythm game handled with a traditional controller (no guitars!), used to move a ship called a Beat Blaster between different tracks, making music in the process — to this generation of consoles. Simply put, the studio is asking fans if it is worth $775,000 to them to help bring the game to PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. The company’s director of communications and marketing, John Drake, recently responded to some questions via email Continue reading John Drake of Harmonix talks trying to bring back Amplitude with help from fans [Video Games Interview]