| Dec 5, 2013
| 9:48 AM
Like his old high school bandmate Ty Segall and the ubiquitous John Dwyer, Mikal Cronin is one of those San Francisco guys who plays in a bunch of garage-rock bands, tours constantly and is often involved in several records a year. But Cronin also has a...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 8:11 AM
Disappears has made four albums in four years with three different drummers. It's a prescription for chaos, but founding guitarist-singer Brian Case says the acclaimed Chicago quartet has used the personnel changes to its advantage.
When a drummer is...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 11:29 AM
Steve Wynn is bringing the Dream Syndicate back at a time when the band's primary inspiration is being eulogized. "When Lou Reed died (on Oct. 27), I was depressed and stunned," Wynn says. "I spent the first year of my musical life being compared to him,...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 6:24 AM
Complacency is no match for the human hurricane known as Barrence Whitfield. His recent reunion with the Savages came after decades apart, but time melts away as soon as band co-founders Peter Greenberg, Phil Lenker and Whitfield slam into the first chord...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 7:52 AM
Allen Toussaint's vast impact on music the last 50 years is sometimes underappreciated because much of his best work has come behind the scenes. And that's just fine with the softspoken, 75-year-old New Orleans songwriter and producer, whose greatest...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 7:12 AM
Capsula formed 15 years ago because of a David Bowie album, and this year the band worked on its album "Solar Secrets" (Krian Music Group) with Bowie's producer, Tony Visconti. "It was kind of a dream," says Capsula guitarist Martin Guevara. "Part of me...
| Oct 24, 2013
| 7:05 AM
To hear Ripley Johnson tell it, he had to travel across the country before he could make his band Wooden Shjips a reality seven years ago in San Francisco.
"As a kid, I told my mom I'd be a truck driver when I grew up so I could leave Connecticut,"...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 8:24 AM
Like many people in their forties, Mac McCaughan has a few responsibilities: He has a wife and two children, ages 6 and 10, and he runs a company. He also plays in a rock band, Superchunk, that recently released its 10th studio album in a career that...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 6:19 AM
Purity Ring's Corin Roddick was a drummer in the Canadian indie-rock band Gobble Gobble when he began flirting with electronic music on his laptop while on tour a few years ago. He wasn't immediately thrilled with the results.
"I thought it was garbage,...
| Aug 22, 2013
| 8:54 AM
Attending a Bat for Lashes show is a bit like going to play, a movie, an art installation and a concert all at once. And the architect of it all, Natasha Khan, wouldn't have it any other way.
The singer is also a visual artist, dancer and writer. Though...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 9:44 AM
Since Lollapalooza landed on Chicago’s lakefront in 2005, Tribune music critic Greg Kot and a team of Tribune reporters, photographers, editors, online producers and videographers have been in Grant Park and back at Tribune Tower working to bring...
| Jul 25, 2013
| 1:19 PM
Jessie Ware's voice is a marvelous instrument, but it doesn't overpower. Instead, it slips inside the consciousness, barely noticed, and then becomes a constant companion. That's the way Ware's best-selling debut album, "Devotion" (Cherrytree/Interscope),...