INTERVIEW: Chris Besinger of STNNNG

Let’s try, okay, to be objective for a moment. STNNNG, a Minneapolis art-punk quintet with its heart on its sleeve and a roar in its throat, is the best thing to come out of Minnesota since

ALBUM REVIEW: Nonagon – The Last Hydronaut

It’s hard to write about Nonagon, a Chicago-rooted band whose latest pocket full of cuts and volts is a 12-inch EP titled The Last Hydronaut, without using words like blistering or conjuring up images of what a caged ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Ezra Furman, “The Year Of No Returning”

This Chicago native makes his solo debut on Bar/None with The Year Of No Returning; a fine effort that immediately made me smile.  This is a darkly funny album, intended or not.  The lyrics are wry and biting and the ...

7 Musical Careers Impacted By Injuries and Illness

I’m not a person who’s very good at overcoming adversity. Just the other day one of my contact lenses was bothering me and I called out sick from work. So I know little of what it takes to reach the heights of ...

Popdose Flashback 1973: Chicago, “Chicago VI”

Fuzzy memory insists that the first wave of Chicago’s offerings, the batch featuring the unmistakable Terry Kath, was always a beloved golden period and it was only in later years that they were shown disrespect for weak material. ...

The Matt ‘N’ Jeff Radio Hour, Episode 17: Danny Seraphine

In the rock milieu, drummers are hardly ever famous in their own right; unless you happen to sing while you’re swinging the sticks, like Phil Collins or Don Henley (or, around Popdose, Andy Sturmer), it’s exceedingly unlikely that the garden-variety fan ...

The Matt ‘N’ Jeff Radio Hour, Episode 14: Nat Osborn

Here at the Matt ‘N’ Jeff Radio Hour, we share an enthusiasm for all types of music — but when push comes to shove, the stuff that really floats your hosts’ boats (try saying that ten times fast) is the stuff ...

The Popdose Guide to Chicago

[Jefito’s Note: So it’s come to this. For as long as I’ve been writing Idiot’s Guides (and/or hosting them – I realize it’s been awhile since I’ve actually had to do one of these things myself), the shadow of a Complete Idiot’s ...

The Popdose Interview: Kevin Eubanks

Kevin Eubanks is a guy that you’re probably most familiar with because of his 15 year stint as the bandleader for Jay Leno and the Tonight Show and that’s okay. But there’s so much more to know about ...

Short Attention Span Oscars: 11 Mini Movie Music Video Classics

I haven’t seen ANY of this year’s slew of “Best Picture” nominees. Besides the high price of tickets and parking, I simply can’t sit still while today’s over-indulged directors take up to THREE hours tell their freaking stories.

All great ...

10 Songs to Make You Love Chicago (the Band)

If you’re reading this and are not already a believer in Chicago, then I simply ask you to do one thing: forget. Forget about all the greatest hits collections, repackaged material, teeth-grindingly stale Christmas albums, and other assorted money grabs. Forget about ...

Download Now: Cole DeGenova “Lovely Generation”

 

To say the shit’s about to get funky up in here is an understatement. “Lovely Generation” is a deep album cut from Another Country, the second album from Chicago neo soul singer Cole DeGenova. Backed by his ...

Metal Monday Volume 77 (7.2.12)

Uncle Al and Ministry bid fans adieu for the final time in Chicago at The Vic Theater. Our review comprises this week’s Metal Monday column!

The Blerd13 with…Nachtmystium!

The Blerd13 gets a twofer from Nachtmystium as Blake Judd and Sanford Parker discuss the band’s upcoming album Silencing Machine, touring plans, and being one of the most diverse Black Metal acts around.

Bottom Feeders: The Ass End of the ’90s, Vol. 14

Bottom Feeders takes a look back at every song that hit the Billboard Hot 100 charts, but only if they didn’t crack the top 40. It’s not meant to be a comprehensive review of each tune or each artist, but ...

Five Rock Sidemen with Awesome Names


Cornelius Bumpus

Bumpus rose to fame as part of the unwieldy seven-man lineup that produced the Doobie Brothers’ 1980 album One Step Closer, but he was no rookie — he’d already served time with a long list of ...

A Proposed Track Listing for Chicago’s Next Stupid Christmas Album

Chicago Releases Very Special Christmas Record, ‘O Christmas Three,’ On October 4

Features Dolly Parton, America, Steve Cropper, and BeBe Winans

Chicago, the legendary “rock and roll band with horns” who Billboard has called the top American rock group of ...