All posts by Derek Phillips

I’m Beginning to See the Light…again.

Rediscovering the Velvet Underground Sometimes it’s amazing what you find when you dig back into your collection. Forgotten gems of music gathering dust in crates or on CD racks can take you back to specific times in your life or fill you with emotions also long forgotten. I recently dug out my copy the Velvet … Continue reading I’m Beginning to See the Light…again.

Tonight’s the Night

Tonight’s the Night Wilco at the Riviera Theater, Chicago By Derek Phillips In 1973, Neil Young toured for an album that was vastly different than the country comfortable Harvest that had made his name as a solo artist the year before. In fact, the set list for many of the ’73 tour dates didn’t include … Continue reading Tonight’s the Night

Boxing Bob Dylan

Nothing’s free in this world. Especially when it’s offered by a corporation. Is it worth it to accept freebies from the Man when he seemingly expects nothing in return? Not when it’s box seats to a concert. You’re better off watching it at home with relatives you hate. At least you can kick them out…or … Continue reading Boxing Bob Dylan

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 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