Archives for the ‘Features’ Category

The Flaming Lips: Wayne in Real Life

By • Jun 26th, 2010 • Category: Features, Lead story

A slaughterhouse employee stands on his patio, looking out toward his suburban swathe of land. In front of him, colors swirl. Large animals appear dancing alongside him. Blood drips. Distorted voices waver in the distance. The man stands motionless, reverent at the specter around him, anticipating a series of magical and tragic events. His silhouette […]

Simian Mobile Disco: A Literal Translation

By • Nov 1st, 2009 • Category: Featured articles, Features

Band names aren’t designed to be the most literal of descriptors. From Air to Ash, from The Zombies to Zebrahead, group monikers are usually meant to be taken lightly. Short of calling themselves “Some People Who Play Instruments and Sing”, most bands leave quite a bit to the imagination when finally settling upon a group […]

Mutemath: Father Knows Best

By • Nov 1st, 2009 • Category: Featured articles, Features

For a moment, Paul Meany is speechless. The Mute Math front man had been talking at a steady clip since hopping on the phone one afternoon in early September. But now, almost a half-hour into the conversation, the verbose singer is at a loss for words. It was a simple inquiry: What’s in store for […]

Ra Ra Riot: Writing for the Weekend

By • Sep 16th, 2009 • Category: Features, Popular items

The designated media area of Lollapalooza is like a circus. Tents line the southwest corner of Chicago’s Grant Park, each one harboring another publication or broadcast outlet. Radio personalities flag down publicists to corral their guests, stick microphones in the musicians’ faces, and start serving up whopping portions of zany shtick before the headsets fully […]

Datarock: From 1984 to 2009

By • Sep 1st, 2009 • Category: Features, Popular items

George Orwell didn’t think too highly of the year 1984. Published six months before the English writer’s death, Orwell’s famous novel 1984 remains a prophetic call-to-arms in the arena of modern civilization’s collective social awareness. Orwell’s anti-establishment magnum opus is a cautionary tale of blind acquiescence, with the author’s 1984 portrayed as a restrictive era […]

Quiet Company: The company you keep

By • Jun 1st, 2009 • Category: Features

Leah Muse is reclining in her Austin, Texas, home. The 23-year-old photographer is nine months’ pregnant with her first child, and her husband – Quiet Company front man, Taylor Muse – has just placed a pair of headphones on her stomach. Ten days from the birth of their daughter, Harper Lennon Muse, the young couple […]

Lady Sovereign: Back In the Game

By • May 1st, 2009 • Category: Features

Lady Sovereign has a new hairstyle — and she’s damn proud of it. Leading up to last month’s release of her second LP, Jigsaw, the MC ditched her trademark cornrow braids that had pulled her brunette locks into an omnipresent sideways ponytail for the past several years. But when Chicago Innerview tracked down the performer […]

Fischerspooner: The Play’s the Thing

By • May 1st, 2009 • Category: Features

Each night for the past two years, Casey Spooner has tried to avenge his father’s murder. From New York to Spain, from Amsterdam to France, the 39-year-old singer has set out to kill the person responsible for brutally stabbing his father to death. Dressed in a vibrant red coat with his shoulder-length locks disguising his […]

Ratatat: Welcome to Brooklyn

By • Mar 1st, 2009 • Category: Features

With more than 2.5 million residents, Brooklyn isn’t just a little neighborhood in New York. As the largest of NYC’s five famed boroughs, its population all but surpasses that of the country of Jamaica. Should it ever choose to divorce itself from New York City proper, Brooklyn would become the fourth-largest city in the United […]

Los Campesinos!: The Circle of Life Continues

By • Feb 1st, 2009 • Category: Features

From the outside, Spillers Records doesn’t look much different than any other record store. The windows of the Cardiff, Wales establishment are checkered with album covers. Super Furry Animals. Stereophonics. Feeder. Tom Jones. Manic Street Preachers. John Cale. Funeral For a Friend. Dave Edmunds. Duffy. The Pooh Sticks. The acts don’t have to be Welsh, […]