Notable as a drummer for the alternative rock band Concrete Blonde, he contributed to several of the group's albums, including Free (1989), Walking in London (1992), and Group Therapy (2002).
Before joining Concrete Blonde and recording the band's 1986 debut album, he performed with several other Chicago-based bands, including Special Affect, The Nodes, and 4xy.
While working as a session musician for A Drop in the Gray, he recorded with Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham.
He was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, and he also lived and worked in Nashville, Tennessee and Los Angeles, California. His Concrete Blonde band "family" includes singer Johnette Napolitano and guitarist James Mankey.
Early in his career, Rushakoff collaborated with the famous guitarist Harvey Mandel.