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Taking A Punch | The Charlie Hunter Interview

By: Carmel O'Farrell - @carmelocornCharlie Hunter.  The man has been a music world game-changer and for 20 years he has crafted a meaningful career, chock-full of collaborations and improvisation. His journey began in Berkeley, California and has brought him all around the world as he has fined-tuned his vision as an artist and...

Grip It & Rip It | The Bubbles Brown Interview

By: Ryan MannixThe music of Bubbles Brown is a modern, gritty take on old American forms -- blues, country, and ragtime are just the beginning of the genre lines that this duo straddles. While the bare instrumentation recalls the past, the soulful melodies and whip-smart arrangements place Bubbles Brown firmly in the present.Bubbles Brown,...

Brothers Gow Enjoying The Good Days, Looking To The Future

Dunn Dunn Fest roars back into Chicago for a weekend packed with diverse bills at outstanding venues.  One of the more intriguing lineups will feature local favorites Spare Parts with San Diego based Brothers Gow at Tonic Room on Friday.Brothers Gow hit the road pretty hard these days, especially for a...

Interview | Catching Up With Kyle Hollingsworth

Kyle Hollingsworth, keyboardist of the String Cheese Incident, has been dedicating himself to his craft for over 30 years, which is made apparent by his refined taste, musical palette, and urge to constantly create under any circumstances, including a broken wrist.Aside from SCI, Kyle has been performing with his own group, Kyle Hollingsworth...

Eleven Probing Questions With Road Warriors TAUK

By: Carmel O'Farrell (@carmelocorn) | Photos: Kristine Condon (@kristinebobean)TAUK first caught my attention back in 2013 at Summer Camp Music Festival.  They played an energetic set opposite Trey Anastasio Band as buckets of rain drenched Three Sisters Park.  While most of the festival crowd gravitated to TAB, it was fairly obvious to...

Interview | John Scofield, Jazz, Country & The Shared Language Of Music

By: Ryan MannixA conversation with John Scofield can lead to so many places.  We started chatting about Country For Old Men, the beautifully named (and beautiful sounding) latest release from the guitarist, whose erstwhile jazz chops get a chance to pay homage to Country & Western greats via the tunes...

Interview | Simon Allen & The Rock and Roll Lifestyle

How Do You Afford Your Rock and Roll Lifestyle?An Interview With The New Mastersounds' Simon AllenBy: @312mrgWales and England have just finished their Euro Cup match in France.  You might not care, but New Mastersounds drummer, Simon Allen was intently tuned in. For Allen, Skyping from Leeds, the football match meant...

Whatever Strikes Me... The Brendan Bayliss Interview

Words: Ryan Mannix | Photos:Kristine CondonFor a band whose best moments occur in when all of its members areon the same page, contrasting styles provide a critical part of their sound.Umphrey's McGee's Brendan Bayliss offers afluid counterpoint to fellow guitarist Jake Cinningers jaggedness, more influenced by 70s rock. His solos are characteristically rooted in...

Where There's A Will... The Jake Cinninger Interview

Words: Ryan Mannix | Photos: Kristine CondonCinningers guitar technique is precise, yet expansive. Stylistically and technically, he has no boundaries. Combine amastery of jazz harmony with a love of 80s-stylemetal shreddingand he canreally open things up. Hes capable of anthemic, melodic licks, and repetitive odd-time feels.Jakes one of the most creative, and unique guitarists playing...

Being Himself | Steve Kimock On Self Recording and His Own Voice

By: Ryan MannixSteve Kimocks Last Danger of Frost may sound like completely different music than what he's delivered to Chicago-areaaudiences in the past, but this may beas close to the true artist as it gets. Self-recorded, thealbum blends acoustic instrumentation with electronic soundscapes for a lush pastoral sequence crafted more for a seated audience than...