All posts by Derek Phillips

Rude Awakening: Glenn Kotche and Guest

Glenn Kotche and Guest at Chicago’s Hideout Inn As a kid, I never had much appreciation for abstract art. It seemed like just a lot of lines and splotches of color on canvass, or twisted metal and broken glass trying to be passed off as “sculpture.” It wasn’t until I was in 10th grade and … Continue reading Rude Awakening: Glenn Kotche and Guest

Give till it hurts

Rock stars unite for 9-11 attacks, but does anyone care? By Phil Wise With all the madness surrounding the September 11 attacks, people feel as though they should do something—anything to help. The incredible outpouring has dwarfed even that of the We Are the World spectacle of the early 80s, both in contributions and pomposity. … Continue reading Give till it hurts

Your Mother Wears Combat Boots

Punk rock gives birth to a whole new generation…literally. By Phil Wise Like any era, scene, phase, what-have-you, punk rock has grown into something much bigger than the dirty architects imagined in their puke drenched booths at CBGB. It’s matured (egads!) and even been accepted by the mainstream (don’t tell Johnny Rotten-Lydon-Rotten), despite the New … Continue reading Your Mother Wears Combat Boots

Jay Bennett’s Big Night Out

September 16, Schubas, Chicago IL (opening for Allison Moorer) By Phil Wise Wilco front man Jeff Tweedy casts a long shadow. His former songwriting partner in Uncle Tupelo, Jay Farrar, is still living with comparisons some seven years after the two parted ways. Now, just weeks after announcing his split from Wilco, guitarist/songwriter/keyboardist Jay Bennett … Continue reading Jay Bennett’s Big Night Out

Back to Some Old Bull Shit

The Death of Cool and Grand Royal By Phil Wise Why does everything suck? You may ask yourself that question as you stop into your local Starbucks and pick up a Grande Latte, but you know the answer. Because cool doesn’t sell and this is the United Statistics of Americorp. Last week’s closing of Grand … Continue reading Back to Some Old Bull Shit

Cult of Personality: Jeff Tweedy vs. Alt-Country

Cult of Personality Jeff Tweedy’s family feud with alt.country By Phil Wise Obsession is a funny thing. It can be as powerful as a smoking habit and as enveloping as the priesthood. It often elicits behavior as extreme as the lifetime smoker stuffing cigarette butts into his tracheal hole or a monk protesting injustice by … Continue reading Cult of Personality: Jeff Tweedy vs. Alt-Country

Not a Music-Related Post, but an important one just the same

Not a Music-Related Post, but an important one just the same By Phil Wise The right to protect sources is second only to the right to free speech in the media. It is essential that investigative reporters protect their sources in order to provide information that people would otherwise keep to themselves out of fear. … Continue reading Not a Music-Related Post, but an important one just the same

Cheap Trick at the Double Door: We’re All Alright

Cheap Trick at the Double Door, Chicago By Phil Wise In the past year I’ve seen the two groups most associated with power pop. One developed the archetype in the 60s with songs like “Can’t Explain” and “Glow Girl” and the other perfected it in the 70s with “Surrender” and “The Dream Police.” Now, I … Continue reading Cheap Trick at the Double Door: We’re All Alright

White Stripes: Painting the World WHITE

Detroit’s White Stripes embark on world domination By Phil Wise It wasn’t so long ago that Detroit was the butt of all jokes. Everyone from Jay Leno and David Letterman to the writers of Kentucky Fried Movie were taking whacks at the Motor City. But it seems times have changed and Jack and Meg White … Continue reading White Stripes: Painting the World WHITE