Musicology

Musicology

New Orleans, funk, and more: A Chat with Naughty Professor

Coming in hot out of New Orleans is Naughty Professor, a horn-driven funktastic six-piece. They’re making waves all over the scene, having just played Summer Camp and Taste of Randolph.

In Depth with Bassel Almadani of Bassel and the Supernaturals

Music is one of the most effective communication tools in humanity’s arsenal; it removes the tension and adverse circumstantial aspects of other forms of messaging, and people can get lost in a song and be inspired by the message. Bassel and the Supernaturals, a Chicago-based seven-piece soul-funk outfit, are on the scene with their piercing, radiant songwriting and a point to make.

Behind the Scenes with Organ Freeman

Organ Freeman, a jazztastic, high-octane funk fusion trio from L.A., is one of the most riveting acts in a while. Slinky guitar and organ melodies splash over dynamite drums; it threatens to spiral out of control at times and when it’s over, you can’t help but listen again.

Summer Camp Chat with Aqueous

Hailing from Buffalo, NY, is Aqueous, a head-turning band combining skilled songwriting with extra-crunchy jams and a strong community vibe. Their heavier, technically-demanding take on jam music combines swirling guitar leads, epic drums and bass, and splashing keys into tight-knit song construction with loose, flowing jams that take you on a rockin' trip.

Sitting Down with Mungion at Summer Camp 2017

Chicago has always been a hotbed of killer music. One of the most riveting new players on the scene is Mungion, with stellar chops, inventive song structure, and the ability to pay homage to their influences without sounding dull or repetitive. I sat down with the boys at Summer Camp to chat for a bit, and they had some interesting insights into their world.

Interview with Mihali Savoulidis, Brook Jordan, and Zdenek Gubb of Twiddle

Coming in hot out of Burlington, Vermont is one of the hardest-working eclectic jam bands on the scene these days: Twiddle. Their complex yet groovy take on jam music lends a soulful feel to shredding improvisation and uplifting songwriting. They’ve been catching ears and turning heads left and right, and they are not a show to miss at Summer Camp this year.

Interview With David New of The Hip Abduction

The Hip Abduction is one of the bands I’m looking forward to seeing for the first time at Summer Camp next week. Their mixture of soaring vocal melodies and tropical guitars lends itself well to their penchant for sparkling world-music-flavored dance tunes. Lead guitarist/vocalist David New was kind enough to give me some insight into the inner workings of the group.

Interview with Matt Jalbert of TAUK

One of the most innovative and remarkable groups playing music right now is TAUK, the instrumental jazz-metal-space-fusion foursome from Oyster Bay, NY. Having built a sterling reputation on years of touring and high quality studio output, TAUK is on a meteoric rise to the top.

Summer Camp Approaches

Summer Camp’s full lineup is finally upon us, and with that, the real excitement begins. As we are just over a month away, the energy is palpable in the fan community. Friends from all over the country are discussing travel, camp sites, what time to arrive, what new bands they’ll be seeing, etc.

Five Reasons You Should Go to Summer Camp This Year

We’re now two rounds into the lineup for Summer Camp 2017, and there’s one more to go (I keep forgetting that!). With such a high-profile offering so far, bursting with talent and fresh faces, the buzz is turning into a rumble in the Midwest (especially with the just-announced VIP upgrades and late-night shows).