John E. Dugan

Between tours a rock drummer with D.C. area bands such as Chisel and Edsel, stints as a graphic designer and human rights group organizer, John Dugan started his writing career with the Washington City Paper covering local music, arts and culture. Returning to the Midwest in 2000, the Notre Dame grad took full-time gigs covering nightlife, club music and trends for and authored chapters for the Time Out Chicago guidebook. In 2005, he took over the nightlife editor role and participated in launching the weekly print edition of Time Out Chicago, where eventually he became Senior Web Editor. After a year as Web/Informer Editor at Design Bureau magazine, John moved on to launch the editorial blog for Pitchfork's CurrentlyJohn works in the architecture and design industry and freelances for publications including the Chicago Reader and The Economist online. John is also editor of The Empty Bottle Book due for publication in 2016 on Curbside Splendor.

Photo: Nathan Michael

Photo: Nathan Michael

Live reviews, music, arts, culture and science feature writing and blogging in the Economist online, Standard Culture,, the Chicago ReaderTime Out LondonMinneapolis City Pages, The Chicago TribuneChicago Sun-Times Splash, Time Out Bucharest, MaviologyLiveDailyMichigan Avenue,,, Stop Smiling and numerous other publications.

Published interviews:

Pete Townshend | Yoko Ono | Nick Lowe | David Johansen/New York Dolls | Mick Jones/The Clash | Gang of Four | Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals | Diplo | MIA | Justice | Red Red Meat | Carrie Brownstein/Portlandia | Jamie Lidell | Mark Ronson | David Kilgour/The Clean | Jeff Mills | Paul Weller/The Jam | Rick Buckler of The Jam | Dixon | DEVO | Fall Out Boy | Rites of Spring | Bouroullec Brothers | Daniel Clowes | The Church | Tiesto | Happy Go Licky | James Murphy/LCD Soundsystem | Jacques Renault | Walter Meego  | The Redwalls| Silver Jews | Christiane Amanpour | Thomas Curley of the Associated Press | Cerrone | Tippling Bros. | Buddy Guy | Girls | Michael Darling of the MCA | Noah Wyle | Lindstrøm |  Duran Duran | Flosstradamus | Jon Fine, Sooyoung Park/Bitch Magnet | A-Trak | Ian Schrager | Riz Ahmed | Brian Cox | The Dead Weather | The Autumn Defense | Charles Hayward | Martina Topley-Bird | Lindstrom | Peter Bebergahl | Jamila Woods | Ezra Furman | Iron & Wine

John lives in Chicago.












Indian Summer, 4 songs, 1988

ALBUMS (LP/CD/digital) (drumming, etc.)
Edsel, Detroit Folly (Grass) 1994, digital reissue (Comedy Minus One) 2011
Chisel, Nothing New 1995 (Gern Blandsten)  lp/cd/cass
Chisel, 8AM All Day 1996 (Gern Blandsten)  lp/cd/cass
Chisel, Set You Free 1997 (Gern Blandsten)  lp/cd
Trampoline, I Want One of Everybody (spinArt) (guest drums on one song)
The Beans (drums on selected tracks) 1998-1999
John Dugan, “D1!” (Her Magic Field SWEDEN) 1999 3-song CD
Mark Borthwick/hollAnd, Soundtrack for Synthetic Voices CD/LP (Abahouse Devinette Japan) 1999
hollAnd (another album?)
Chicago Stone Lightning Band S/T (Downtown Records) 2013
Exit Verse, S/T (Damnably UK/Ernest Jenning US) 2014

Indian Summer “Time for You” on D.C. Metro Mayhem cassette, 1988
'Swamp Fox/Spike (remix)’ on Jericho Sessions WVFI compilation cd April 1991
Chisel “Sloth” on Superpowers Cassette, (Troubleman Unlimited 0.5 / Wanna Communicate zine), 1992
Chisel 'Dream Bar' on Incubus compilation cd April 1993
Roller Coaster “Stumble”  Teen Smash Hits for Students CD (Level Records), 1994
Chisel on Squirrel (Level Records) 7” compilation, 1995
'Six Different Ways' on Give Me the Cure AIDS research benefit compilation (Radiopaque) September 1995
"Chiefs" on Storm of the Century compilation CD (Sudden Shame) February 1997
"Nothing New" on WPRB compilation CD, Princeton, NJ. 1997
Chisel “Guns of Meridian Hill” on Fort Reno Benefit Compilation CD (Resin Records) 1997
“The O.T.S.” on Darla 100 / 1994-2000 / 4-CD comp (Darla Records) 2000

SINGLES/EPs (drums and solo)
Chisel “Spike” (Assembly Records) 1991
Chisel “Sunburn” single (Gern Blandsten) 1993
Edsel No. 5 Recitative (Jade Tree) 1995
Piper Cub “Chance” (Sub Pop) 1995
Chisel The O.T.S. (Darla Records) 1995
Chisel/Velocity Girl split (Shute Records) 1996
Chisel It's Alright, You're O.K. (Gern Blandsten) 1997
Chisel/The Van Pelt split  (Air King Alliance) 1997
Colour, Expedition ‎7" (Her Magic Field SWEDEN) 1999
Treiops Treyfid, Hand Full of Babylon 7”, Kilogram Denial (drums)
BYE!/Archie Moore single 7” (drums)

Indian Summer studio recordings, recorded by Joe Crunch in Baltimore, produced by J. Robbins 1989
Chisel Stanford Hall demos 1991
Chisel Fun City sessions 1992
Roller Coaster, WGNS recordings 1993-4
The White DC demos 1999
Perfect Panther, 2004-2005 sessions
The Tax, Chicago sessions 2004