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Ickmusic is a labor of love – a web site I started in December of 2004 (“I” being Pete Icke, the “Ick” in Ickmusic). I needed an outlet, a place to share and document my lifelong passion for music. I’ve spent the better part of my life especially obsessed with the music of Prince and Bruce Springsteen. But I love it all. Born in Wisconsin, but I’ve called Arizona home for the last twenty-four years (“maybe we ain’t that young anymore…”).



Long ago and worlds apart, Mark Ward took the sword from the Lady in the Lake and became a Holy Knight in service of Her Majesty, Brit Rock. Based out of Minneapolis, Mark also spends a fair amount of time in his other favorite city, Chicago, in total worship of the likes of Kelly Jones, Alex Turner, Luke Pritchard, Billy Lunn, and Richard Ashcroft. Music crushes his heart in the most wonderful and interesting ways thus his love affair with it will never end.


Michael Parr joined Ickmusic in 2007. Based out of Danbury, Connecticut he has spent the better part of his adult life sharing, recommending and talking about music. Covering everything from obscure Canadian folk-rock to the most mainstream pop, he is a fan of music in all forms (except reggaeton, because who really likes reggaeton?). These days, Michael is a frequent contributor to Pop!Blerd and Popdose.

  • Scandrews1

    I’m not sure I like Reggaeton, but I was in a club in Brooklyn Friday night, and the Reggaeton beat just got everyone going, the entire place was a dance hall, couldn’t stop moving.

  • Looking for a man named John Starkey that spent a lot of time at Jitters in Minneapolis.

    • Mark

      Hey Lisa, I realize this is a year late but I’m on a similar quest. He seems to have fallen off the face of the earth. I loved going to those shows and the last time I saw him was about two years ago at the Varsity and he had a preview disc for his triple album (!) coming out. Obviously, it never materialized. If you hear anything, let me know and I will do the same. I spent many a night at Jitters myself:)

  • Anyone who remembers Dr John on Saturday nights, is alright by me! Especially 11-12, when it was all-power-ballads-all-the-time thanks to the Deacon of Looooove.

  • Felicia

    Let me just say if you lived in SoCal, you’d be amazed at how many people love reggaeton. Even I got sucked in for a quick minute. Not my fault, it happened through osmosis. I’m more into local indie bands now and one indie Canadian artist. I like your blog, keep the good stuff coming!