I was born in Chicago in 1965. That is both a fact and a play on the song Born in Chicago by the Paul Butterfield Blues band. Being born at that time and place, I fell in love with the sound of rock and roll at an early age.
Festival season may be finally winding down, but there is still plenty of great live music happening all over the country. We've seen a ton of excellent artists emerge this summer -- here are our top three picks to keep your eye on this fall.
Starset, whose unique style has been dubbed "cinematic rock," isn't your average rock band. That's thanks in large part to lead singer Dustin Bates, who as a Ph.D. candidate in electrical engineering and a former teacher at the International Space University, is anything but your average musician.
The more I expose myself to live music, the easier it is for me to infuse those feelings of pure joy and happiness to seep into my everyday experience. The James Brown Dance Party is the band that does that for me to the max.
I want to be adored. I want to be loved and embraced for every bit of me, quirks and flaws included, no, especially. I want someone to appreciate me and value me. I'm excited for this new journey that I'm on. I can do this. I will do this. I am doing this.
How many club owners would ask Lady Gaga or Keith Jarrett to play for free? None. Why? Because both artists can generate ticket sales and bar receipts that exceed their fees -- a mutually beneficial arrangement for both the club owner and the artist, which is how it must be.
Front woman of Bay Area's dark, doom and dreamlike King Woman, Kristina Esfandiari, talks growing up in a spiritually oppressive environment, music as a form of therapy, and the band's first EP: the haunting and addictive "Doubt"
When like-minded individuals gather together for the sake of unity, anything is possible. With so many festivals these days, it becomes difficult to discern which ones are for profit, which ones are for change, which ones are unique and which ones just are.
Since you pretty much never go anywhere anymore without headphones blasting music into your ear holes, a city's music scene ranks pretty close to its restaurants and bars in terms of cultural goings-on. Did your hometown make the cut?
Throughout his 20 years in the music industry, Eric Krasno has never fit into any single defined role. In addition to his guitar playing in Soulive and Lettuce, both of which he helped co-found, he's established himself as an in-demand producer and songwriter.