Saturday, February 23, 2013

Muggsy's Rock Pick: Fog Hat, Starship

Marin, CA. Photo credit: ©Douglas Trost 2012
Photo by Douglass Trost

Foghat, Starship @ Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells, Baraboo, WI

So after you lose a ho chunk of your change gambling it away in the casino, you can win your youth back with this blast from the past. 'Cause you know Foghat and Starship are gonna to rock it like it's 1975 and 1985, respectively.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Muggsy's Rock Pick: Matmos

See the pretty balloons?
Matmos, Horse Lords, Matchess @ Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL

Muggsy doesn't always listen to experimental electronic music, but when he does, he likes to get the Matmost out of it.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Muggsy's Rock Pick: Handlebar Anniversary

Handlebar Ten Year Anniversary Party, Pink Frost, Runnies, Touched By A Ghoul, Old Black and Blue Eyes, @ Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL

Happy ten years of Tecate beer can pyramids, unsolicited karaoke, wicked air guitar solos, food, folks & fun!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Muggsy's Rock Pick: Lady GaGa

Lady Gaga, Madeon, Lady Starlight @ United Center, 1901 W Madison Ave., Chicago, IL

Let's just say that Muggsy is not exactly goo goo over GaGa, but you know who Muggsy is goo goo over? This kid. Ha!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Muggsy's Rock Pick: Mawcrest

Mawcrest, Guards, J. Fernandez @ Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL

I've heard of Falcon Crest but Mawcrest? That's a new one on Muggsy. I'm game though. I can dig it.

Saturday, February 02, 2013

The Ground Hog LIES!

Mmmmm, pork chops.
Early spring, eh piggy? Fat chance! Punxsutawney Phil has lied before. In fact, that seems to be all he ever does. He's either lying around his burrow chucking wood all day or he's lying about the weather. I'll believe it when I see it! See yah next year for more LIES, bitch!

Friday, February 01, 2013

Music Review: The Howling Hex

The Best of The Howling Hex
[Drag City]
In the imaginary world of The Howling Hex, every day is a circus where junkies waltz to a crazy bouncy beat. Carnies jockey for a chance to get your nickel for a ride along the border separating north and south from insanity. "New Border Soul" it's been called for that very reason, I suspect. I would warn a varmint not to listen to this thing the whole way through too many times in one sitting. There's a chance you may be whisked away completely—across a big dry desert or a tall wet mountain. If you can make it through "Trashcan Bahamas" then you're the kind of creature that has Metal Machine Music on repeat on your iPod. That's not to say it's not musical, it is—they both are—it just takes brain cells with a bunch of strength and mental stamina.

Now that I've cleared all that up, it must be said that Neil Haggerty’s The Howling Hex is still a bit of an enigma, especially since I tried not find out anything in the first place. Not knowing is a good way to start and end and The Best of Howling Hex is all you really need to know either way. Haggerty gonna do what Haggerty gonna do so there's no sense thinking too much about it—Howling Wülf [The Howling Hex]