Local 101: Scott Lucas Shows Off His Married Men

“I started writing songs that wouldn’t fit on a Local H record,” Scott Lucas tells me over the phone shortly before going on stage in Dallas. “And it wasn’t just one song but, like, eight.” That’s the origin of Scott Lucas and the Married Men. Most Q101 listeners probably know Lucas as the longtime frontman…

Local 101: William Beckett Talks His Own ‘Talk’

There’s a lot of history at Q101. We’ve grown up watching a lot of incredible musicians come out of Chicago. But what we find truly flattering is finding out that some of those musicians grew up with us, too. My first memory of William Beckett involves a snowy January, 2005 night and a club in…

New Q: Jack White, Silversun Pickups, Cribs, Vaccines

Q101 is happy to welcome Bruce Rave, one of America’s top experts on new music. Originally from Chicago, Bruce moved to LA and gained fame as an A & R man at Capitol Records. His ears have first heard some of the biggest bands in the world in the last quarter century. He’s graciously agreed…

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LBC Shock, Sadness: Guitarist Joe Sell, 33, Passes Away

Just months ago, Q101 was proud to relaunch Local 101 with a special, intimate performance by Lucky Boys Confusion at The Montrose Room in Rosemont.  For the lucky few who made it into that room that night (many had to be turned away at the door of the venue inside the Hotel Incontinental), it was…

Local 101: Meet Chicago’s Mutt-ly Crew

Rock fans, keep this in mind: there isn’t just one kind of rock, especially in Chicago. We’re lucky enough to live in a city with enough musical influence and diversity that it’s impossible to not find a local band to love. I dare you to prove me wrong. Our featured Local 101 band this week,…

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Punk Rock Shock: Tom Gabel of Against Me! Makes Major Change

Like many others I was shocked to hear the news that Tom Gabel of  Against Me! came out as transgender.  The news broke from a Rolling Stones article. In the article Gabel had this to say: “I’m going to have embarrassing moments…and that won’t be fun. But that’s part of what talking to you is…

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Local 101: Spend Summer With A Lull

Here’s the thing about rock music: Just because a band’s songs are artistic, it doesn’t always mean that they lack edge or rock-ability. That’s the case with Chicago’s own A Lull. If you’ve ever listened to a song from these natives, you probably took note of the band’s percussion. It’s intense. By enlisting two drummers,…

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Kick In The Gut: Beastie Boys’ MCA Dead

This news really sucks. One of the greats, in our estimation, is no more. Read on from HuffPo: Beastie Boys legend Adam Yauch — otherwise known as MCA — has passed away at the age of 47. Yauch revealed that he had cancer in a salivary gland in his neck in July 2009. Yauch was…

A Message from Henry Rollins

Henry Rollins has been someone I’ve admired for decades. This video struck a chord with me, and I hope you dig it as much as I did. It’s hardly classic “Rollins”: If you’re expecting fire and brimstone from the former Black Flag singer, you will not get it here (this time at least). In fact,…

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