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RockNotes: Thurston Moore vs. Axl Rose

By Don Jacobson
With nods to Iggy Pop, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Dale Hawkins.

Posted on February 17, 2010

RockNotes: Keeping It Real With Oasis, Dee Dee Ramone & Jack White

The quest for authenticity amidst ego inflation, addiction and crappy good looks.

Posted on June 8, 2009

RockNotes: Irma Thomas, Neko Case & Napalm Death

Time is on their side.

Posted on April 15, 2009

RockNotes: Roots Rock Reggae Weirdos

By Don Jacobson
Bob Marley, Andy Samberg, Journey, Heart, Cheap Trick, Brokedown Playboys, Tic Tac Totally, Hozac, CoCocoma and Nobunny.

Posted on January 5, 2009

RockNotes: AC/DC's Righteous Return

By Steve Rhodes
AC/DC: business-savvy single entendres. Plus, Oliver Sacks, Calexico, The Drive, and the new Chicago blues and bluegrass festival.

Posted on October 13, 2008

RockNotes: AC/DC vs. Oasis

By Don Jacobson
Consistency from a couple of widget factories.

Posted on August 29, 2008

RockNotes: Toxic Fuse vs. American Graffiti

By Don Jacobson
Rock 'n' roll becomes a quaint curiosity.

Posted on May 5, 2008

RockNotes: No Depression is Punk'd

By Steve Rhodes
First they came for Punk Planet. Now they've come for No Depression. My two favorite magazines. Dead.

Posted on March 27, 2008

RockNotes: Top 10 Rock Deaths

By Don Jacobson
Add Abba's drummer to the list.

Posted on March 18, 2008

RockNotes: In Death, The Dave Clark Five Gets Its Due

By Don Jacobson
The Dave Clark Five, who will be inducted into the rock Hall of Fame today, were the Beatles if Ringo had been a heavy metal drummer and George had played sax at Chess Records.

Posted on March 10, 2008

RockNotes: Avril and the Canuck Cohort

By Don Jacobson
Canadian Female Rockers (CFRs) whistle through the broken window glass in the Chicago tenements of our souls, chilling and thrilling us with their loon-like trillings.

Posted on January 17, 2008

RockNotes: Southern Crock & Top of the Pops

By Steve Rhodes
It's just all so Lynyrd Skynyrd Dissing Neil Young And A Southern Man Don't Need Him Around Anyhow And Watergate Does Not Bother Me. Christ!

Posted on January 14, 2008

RockNotes: Wilco and the Sell-Outs

By Don Jacobson
If Wilco had already licensed "hundreds" of songs as they say, they probably weren't worrying about paying the bills when they sold out to Volkswagen.

Posted on December 3, 2007

RockNotes: Fantasy Camp & Model Trains

By Don Jacobson
One thing rockers like Night Ranger and Nelson can do even better than famously rock is teach punters how to rock just like them - in one day!

Posted on October 29, 2007

RockNotes: Radiohead vs. Radio

By Don Jacobson
Because music is too important to be trusted to Bluetoothed corporate gatekeepers.

Posted on October 15, 2007

RockNotes: Kid Rock Cares

By Don Jacobson
Kid Rock: Rock 'n' Roll Jesus or American Idiot?

Posted on October 8, 2007

RockNotes: Punks vs. Poseurs

By Don Jacobson
Punk was so far beyond the normal parameters of corporate-controlled thought patterns that it had to be defended against all comers.

Posted on September 4, 2007

RockNotes: Boston vs. Elvis

By Don Jacobson
Third Stage had royalties? Plus, the real Elvis and Wolfmother all growns up.

Posted on August 21, 2007

RockNotes: From AT&T to Visa

By The Beachwood RockNotes Affairs Desk
From Eddie Vedder to Elvis Costello.

Posted on August 9, 2007

RockNotes: Inside Funkytown, USA

By Don Jacobson
The best of times in rock 'n' roll and the not-so-best of times, which are still pretty damn good, as revealed in two new books.

Posted on July 30, 2007

RockNotes: Dead Elvis vs. Dead Zeppelin

By Don Jacobson
It's almost as if Colonel Parker was cynically planning for the post-mortem nostalgia market from the get-go. How else to explain the $52 million a year Dead Elvis rakes in? Plus, not a whole lotta love for the Led Zeppelin roller coaster at the Hard Rock theme park.

Posted on July 16, 2007

RockNotes: Your Lifestyle Rock Sucks!

By Don Jacobson
With ol' Dad hogging the garage to play Doobie Brothers covers with his accountant buddy on the drum kit, no self-respecting teenager would want to have anything to do with rock 'n' roll ever again. Plus, Aussie meltdowns and Sammy Hagar's lifestyle rock.

Posted on June 18, 2007

RockNotes: U2 vs. Styx

By Don Jacobson
The Styx rhythm section, it turns out, was dealing with a lot of heavy shit back in the day. Plus, the ruination of the minor league ballpark tour, and U2 in 3D.

Posted on May 23, 2007

RockNotes: Bowzer vs. The Replacements

By Don Jacobson
I didn't know the county fair circuits were still in the market for doo-wop groups - apparently so much so that the army of cheap knock-offs it has spawned requires special laws to keep them in check. No law, meanwhile, could hold back the Replacements in their day; now one of their proteges has hit it big and honors his heroes.

Posted on May 11, 2007

RockNotes: Sammy Hagar vs. Les Paul

By Don Jacobson
Les Paul chases The Perfect Sound; Sammy Hager settles for Velvet Revolver.

Posted on May 9, 2007

RockNotes: Kill Category

By the Beachwood Musical Affairs Desk
Cannibal Corpses's Kill and The Epsilon rises-to all sorts of derision.

Posted on April 2, 2006

MUSIC - Pandemophenia.
TV - NBC's Bicentennial Special.
POLITICS - A New Minimum Merger Maxim.
SPORTS - WNBA Dedicates Season To Social Justice.

BOOKS - The Legacy Of Racism For Children.

PEOPLE PLACES & THINGS - Sea Control: Why Chicago?


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