Signal to Noise, recent articles

The fall issue of SIGNAL TO NOISE: THE JOURNAL OF IMPROVISED & EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC is in bookstores now, with my feature story about and photos of Chicago’s drone music scene. I interviewed members of the bands DRMWPN (aka Dreamweapon), Number None, The Zoo Wheel, Guitarkestra and Goldblood, and David Daniell. I photographed the musicians this summer at the Fugue State festival at the Empty Bottle. And somehow, I managed to work in a quote by William S. Burroughs and a reference to Elvis Presley. Signal to Noise is a pretty cool magazine about a wide variety of experimental music.

Arriving this week in subscribers’ mailboxes and showing up any day on newsstands, the October issue of Chicago magazine includes my preview of the Museum of Contemporary Art’s exhibit “Sympathy for the Devil,” which will explore the connections between art and rock music.

Some other stories I’ve had published recently:

The September Playbill in Chicago theaters includes my feature about The Defiant Muse, Nicholas Patricca’s play about the Mexican writer Sor Juana and Don Juan at Victory Gardens Theatre.

Chicago’s Picasso sculpture turns 40 (Aug. 16 Time Out Chicago)

HBO documentary Alive Day Memories (Sept. 6 Pioneer Press)

Hideout Block Party preview (Sept. 6 Pioneer Press)

Grace Slick interview (Aug. 30 Pioneer Press)

Josh Ritter interview (July 19 Pioneer Press)

One of my other web sites,, includes pages where I post links to my recent articles and selected past stories.