By Cory Branan
So, Bloodshot asked me to write a short thing about my recent travels through Europe and the U.K. with The Revival Tour. Short? Perfect. What little wit I stored for winter washed off in the U.K. or is currently drying at the... Read more
This fall, we've been fortunate enough to release a couple of fantastic albums by two VERY different artists, Rosie Flores and Murder By Death. They're from different parts of the country (San Antonio and Bloomington IN, respectively), different generations, and different musical upbringings. In fact, the only... Read more
Love is in the air! Or least in the aisles of the nearby Walgreens. They are jammed with animatronic heart shaped thingamajigs, cards that play "You are the Wind Beneath My Wings" when you open them, boxes and bags and crates of chocolates and lots of red. And lace. And five hour energy drinks.
It must mean it's Valentine’s season.... Read more
'Tis the season to acknowledge the Little Baby Jesus' message of love, forgiveness, peace and generosity to the lesser among us by pepper spraying people to get at deeply discounted waffle irons or knocking old ladies out of the way to get an additional 25% off an iWhatever.
Last year, we pressed the staff to come up with their favorite and most hated holiday tunes. There's so many to chose from, both fer and agin', and no lack of opportunity to be aurally assaulted by them for weeks on end. My fave Thai restaurant had me tired of "Jingle Bell Rock" a few days after Halloween. They even asked me what Auld Lang Syne meant. To hide my ignorance of the answer, I yelled at them for hating freedom.
Here's that posting from last year. I stand by my roiling hatred of the barked "Jingle Bells."
This year, we asked a few of our artist pals to chime in. Many of them have albums for sale during a humungous year-end sale (it would be UN-holiday NOT to tie this to some sort of commercial transaction, wouldn't it?)
Enjoy the season, be convivial, remember what's important, check out our STUFFED ANIMAL DRIVE, and maybe we'll see you out and about at the many events around Chicago.
-- Bloodshot Rob Read more
The genesis of this post happened when Josh and I saw the Dex Romweber Duo open for Wanda Jackson one grim March evening at Chicago's Lincoln Hall. We both marveled at Dex's sister Sara's drumming, her ability to hit 'em so HARD with her bird-like wrists. Check her out in the first minute of this video:
We also... Read more
JC Brooks and The Uptown Sound have been my local band crush forever. I first ran into them about four years ago at the Hideout, where they revved up the crowd with their brand of Motown throwbacks with a post-punk edge, a charismatic frontman with movie-star looks (that's only part of the crush, I swear), and plenty of soul to... Read more