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Local Music Notebook: Nordic Thunder vs. Stone Temple Pilots

A loose collection of whatnot.

1. Chicagoan Justin "Nordic Thunder" Howard is your 2012 Air Guitar World Champion. Here he is rocking it out in Oulu, Finland, last month.


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2. 1936 Larson Brothers Guitar in Chicago.

"This is one of the most sought after Larson guitar models. The sound of these sixteen-inch Larson jumbos is unequaled and this one is no exception."

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3. Show watch: Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray at Quenchers on Friday, October 12. From the press materials:

Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray spent all of last year on the road, and without fail at every show, someone would ask, "So, where are you from?," which would always lead to a bit of stammering, "Well, Miss Shevaughn was born in Arkansas and grew up in Louisiana, Yuma grew up internationally. We met in D.C. then again in Chicago . . . " To further complicate matters, Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray had to leave behind their lives and apartment in Chicago in order to be able to afford to be on the road full-time. That left the duo living in their Honda Element for most of 2011.

4. Record drop: Rosie Flores, Working Girl's Guitar (Bloodshot), October 16. From the press materials:

Working Girl's Guitar marks the first time in Flores' career that she has handled ALL solo production and guitar performance duties, and as a result her virtuosic abilities soar throughout each tune in their leanest, most pure form to date. Not since her days rising out of the Los Angeles New Traditionalist scene has the music been this raw and vital.

5. Critic watch: I don't know anyone who doesn't still think Stone Temple Pilots were/are a bunch of inauthentic posers.

Trying to be something isn't the same as actually being it.

6. Follow: @LupeFiasco and @RHYMEFEST.

7. "Rock concerts are providing fertile research ground for a University of Derby electronics and sound lecturer," the Derby Telegraph reports.

For the past 10 years, Adam Hill, 28, has mixed study with working part-time for event and concert specialists Gand Concert Sound, based in his native Chicago.

Over that time, he has mixed and managed sound systems at concerts for stars including the Black Keys, the Stone Temple Pilots, Alice Cooper, the Allman Brothers Band and the Roots.

He said: "I was working over the summer at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, which mainly features indie rock acts.

"I used the time to do research on improving the performance of subwoofers, speakers used for low-pitch audio frequencies, which I plan to do a paper on in collaboration with the guys at Gand.

8. "REO Speedwagon will perform at the 6th Annual SCHOOL ROCKS! benefit concert on Thursday, October 25 at Chicago's House of Blues," Artist Direct reports. "All of the proceeds will provide scholarships and community support to inner-city students at San Miguel School Chicago."

Sadly, still no Richrath.

9. Hideout Block Party and A.V. Fest on Underground Bee.

Photos and fun.

10. Canada's Ottawa Citizen reports: Chicago-Based Punkers Rise Against Finding A Harder Edge.

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Comments welcome.



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Posted on September 19, 2012


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