The Chicago Loop never outdid their first 45, despite a wild psychedelic single in 1968 that holds up great today.
Trilogy’s sole album flopped, but it’s ripe for rediscovery by the young bands in love with the old Laurel Canyon scene.
Triad Radio, Chicago’s pioneering experiment in commercial free-form radio, left the airwaves in 1977. Now longtime program director Saul Smaizys is moving its archives online.
Dwain Story roomed with Phil Ochs and made a fan of Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, but mental illness denied him a career like theirs.
Folk singer Megon McDonough made her 1972 debut LP while still in high school and in 1990 joined Christine Lavin’s Four Bitchin’ Babes.
Songwriter Jim Peterik’s work, which also includes “Vehicle,” first hit the Billboard Hot 100 when he and his bandmates were still in high school.
Suburban garage rockers the Riddles released just one original song, but they’re still fondly remembered around the Windy City and beyond.
Material Issue’s Jim Ellison, the ingenuous kid from Addison, finally got what he wanted: a big advance (in the six figures), a record produced his way (by Jeff Murphy of Shoes, up at his studio in Zion), and backing from a big label (Mercury). The grandiloquently titled result, International Pop Overthrow, isn’t bad: resolutely modeled […]