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Rockford Rocked: A blues prodigy at 19

By Todd Houston  Contributor  This week's Rockford Rocked Interview catches up with 19-year-old blues guitar prodigy Raine Stern for a quick chat. Raine has been the lead guitarist of the New Glarus, Wisconsin-based band New Image for…

RRI talks with Terry Tyderek

By Todd Houston  Contributor  This week, Rockford Rocked Interviews talks with Terry Tyderek. Terry spent a large portion of his youth studying and playing guitar in various bands throughout the area, earning quite a reputation for…

Rockford Rocked: Inspired local music coverage

By Todd Houston  Contributor  Randy Keho saw a hole in the Rockford entertainment media market, and since January he’s worked tirelessly to fill it out. Our Todd Houston talked to him about his new project, Barjammers.com. Rockford…

Rockford Rocked: Legendary Alpine Valley

By Todd Houston  Contributor  Built in 1977, Alpine Valley Music Theatre is a 37,000-capacity amphitheater nestled deep into a woodsy hillside outside East Troy, Wisc. With a covered pavilion seating 7,500, the venue has played host…

Rockford Rocked: Blackmarket Democracy

By Todd Houston  Contributor  Metalheads Blackmarket Democracy formed in 2009 and hail from Chicago. Their influences included Bad Brains, King’s X, Pantera and Black Label Society. These guys put on a loud, high energy show with the…

Derek Luttrell’s latest project: Name The Moon

By Todd Houston Exclusive to TRRT Rockford Rocked Interview: The first single off the self-titled album from Name The Moon is called "Los Angeles". This song has sort of a haunting quality to it that really leaves me wanting more. How…

Chatting with Alex Johnson of So Called Saints

By Todd Houston Exclusive to TRRT If you click the About tab on The So Called Saints Facebook page it reads: "Hard hitting Midwest Heavy Nu-Metal at its finest." Being sort of an old guy I wasn't quite sure what that meant. I needed to…

Q & A with RRI’s Todd Houston

By Todd Houston Exclusive to TRRT For this week's installment of Rockford Rocked Interview, Todd Houston took questions compiled by Gregory Stahl on behalf of Rockford Rocked Interviews. Rockford Rocked Interview: What was the main…

RIPT prepares for 30th anniversary show

By Todd Houston Exclusive to TRRT The Rockford area hard rock band Ript first made their debut in 1986 and quickly rose to the top of the city's live music food chain with original songs like "This is your brain on Rock-n-Roll", "She…

Audiophile Martin dishes on AV passion

By Todd Houston Exclusive to TRRT I remember my mom taking my brother and me over to North Towne Mall as a kid sometime during the later part of the 1970s. We would go over to a store called Music World while she shopped at Weise's and…