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About John Beringer

John is a 26 year old Cleveland, OH native who relocated to Chicago four years ago after graduating college with a degree in English Literature. When he's not writing for The Silver Tongue or running his blog Words & Fire, John enjoys rock and roll shows, traveling abroad, and riding his scooter around the city without a helmet.

Live Review: SSION with House of LaDosha at The Empty Bottle in Chicago

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It was a cold and rainy Tuesday night in Chicago, but that didn’t stop the GLBT community from pitting fur coats and spandex against the elements in support of SSION (pronounced “shun”) at The Empty Bottle. “The Bottle,” as it’s affectionately called around these parts, is that classic kind of venue I remember as a [...]

Watch: Dispatch Stream Full Radio City Music Hall Concert

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On August 21st Dispatch cemented their comeback when they released Circles Around The Sun, their first full-length record in 12 years. The album quickly climbed to #24 on the Billboard chart, marking their highest commercial water mark and beginning a new chapter in the story of a band often called the original “indie” group. On Friday Oct. 5th, [...]

Watch: Stereophonics Debut Video for Violins and Tambourines

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Since 2009 Stereophonics have been fairly quiet, playing a few shows here and there but not releasing any new material. Last fall Kelly Jones, lead singer of the 90s-born Brit-Pop band, told an interviewer that 20 new songs were written with an expected release of 2012. Though the band went through a drummer switch this past July [...]

SSION Tour Starts Today, Brings Dance Party To Chicago On October 9th

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Cody Critcheloe is the mustachioed maestro behind SSION (pronounced “shun”), the electro-pop group whose music should come with a warning label: you will get weird on the dance floor until the sun comes up. While the band’s existence can be traced back to Critcheloe’s high school days in mid-90s Kansas City, his recent move to [...]

Listen: King Tuff – Screaming Skull

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Over the summer King Tuff, AKA Kyle Thomas, released his self-titled sophomore record, a breakthrough album that figuratively stuffs 70s glam rock guitar with pop sensibility into the “garage” (read our review here). Earlier this week Thomas previewed single “Screaming Skull,” with B-side “Love Potion,” on Pitchfork before its October 9th release date.  “Screaming Skull” furthers [...]

Dave Grohl Releases Letter To Fans, Confirms Foo Fighters Hiatus

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 Last Saturday at New York’s Global Citizen Festival, Foo Fighters lead singer Dave Grohl made cryptic comments about the end of their tour that, given today’s announcement, were actually a temporary goodbye: “Without making a big deal out of it, we don’t have any shows after this. This is it, man. We don’t have any ones [...]

Watch: Xiren – Not A Love Song

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Xiren is a Denver, CO rock “project,” a word used often these days when there is only one person pulling all the strings, started by a guy named Xiren Kenny(pronounced “seer-rin”). His sound melds and bends classic rock, 80s pop and garage, so trying to pin him into a genre more specific than just alternative [...]

Listen: St. Lucia – September

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Today Brooklyn-based digital-pop wizard St. Lucia premiered the title track off upcoming EP September (September 25th release) via Pitchfork. A long-overdue debut LP is due out in early 2013 on Columbia, a delightful bit of news for anyone who has heard the pop perfection of other tracks like “Before The Dive” and “Closer Than This,” or his [...]