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Best Of Around Hear

Best Of Around Hear

| December 30, 2005 | 7 Comments

Each January, we dedicate “Around Hear” to those low-profile local artists who are our favorites from the passing year — the results of our staff and freelancers combing clubs and stacks of CDs for more than the booze and adulation we normally receive. This is by no means an attempt to make a definitive guide […]

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Dem Franchize Boyz

Dem Franchize Boyz

| December 21, 2005 | 3 Comments

Bow Wow, Dem Franchize Boyz Allstate Arena, Rosemont Thursday, December 22, 2005 Dem Franchize Boyz are the new hot hip-hop quartet out of Atlanta. Their single, “I Think They Like Me,” is climbing the Billboard charts with a full album, On Top Of Our Game, slated for release in February. DFB will open at WGCI’s […]

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Close The Curtain

Close The Curtain

| December 21, 2005 | 0 Comments

Eminem Curtain Call – The Hits (Interscope) It doesn’t take too long to realize some of Eminem’s biggest hits were his worst songs.

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Gira’d up for Akron

Gira’d up for Akron

| December 21, 2005 | 0 Comments

Angels Of Light & Akron/Family Akron/Family & Angels Of Light (Young God) Proof you can get away with just about anything musically as long as you occasionally sing as a choir.

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Hot Chip funk

Hot Chip funk

| December 21, 2005 | 0 Comments

Hot Chip Coming On Strong (Astralwerks) When funk gets so white it’s black.

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Curk Kirkwood solo

Curk Kirkwood solo

| December 21, 2005 | 0 Comments

Curt Kirkwood Snow (Little Dog) When Kurt Cobain invited the Kirkwoods on Nirvana’s “MTV Unplugged” session, 10 years of indie cred bubbled on screen. Where has it gone?

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Bolt Thrower review

Bolt Thrower review

| December 21, 2005 | 0 Comments

Bolt Thrower Those Once Loyal (Metal Blade) For nearly 20 years, Bolt Thrower have been making death metal albums about war. Here’s to 20 more!

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Floetry review

Floetry review

| December 21, 2005 | 1 Comment

Floetry Flo’Ology (Geffen) Returning as one of the worst-named groups in pop history, Marsha Ambrosius and Natalie Stewart kick anger to the curb and float into oblivion.

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MLTKK Go Disco

MLTKK Go Disco

| December 21, 2005 | 0 Comments

My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult Gay, Black And Married (Ryko) One of the most promising entrants into industrial dance are an erratic mess. This is the long-rumored disco tribute.

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Donovan Live

Donovan Live

| December 14, 2005 | 3 Comments

Donovan Park West, Chicago Tuesday, December 13, 2005 Outside of a brief run of chart hits in the ’60s, Donovan Leitch’s legacy has been as the archetype of prosaic, hippy pop. His wispy, English melodies and faux acid-trip imagery drew the ire of rock critics, consigning him to the dustbin and a happenstance association with […]

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Iron & Wine/Calexico live

Iron & Wine/Calexico live

| December 14, 2005 | 0 Comments

Iron & Wine/Calexico, Red Red Meat Congress Theatre, Chicago Sunday, December 11, 2005 Someone once told me listening to Sam Beam (a.k.a. Iron & Wine) made him feel “like winter.” He would have found it fitting then, that the night Iron & Wine and Calexico hit town for their In The Reins tour (in support […]

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Cameron McGill & What Army live

Cameron McGill & What Army live

| December 14, 2005 | 1 Comment

Cameron McGill & What Army Schubas, Chicago Wednesday, December 7, 2005 A native of Champaign-Urbana, Cameron McGill began his musical career as frontman of pop-rock trio Morris Minors. The band released an EP in 2002 before splitting the following year. McGill went on to record his solo album, Stories Of The Knife And The Back […]

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Jammin’ With Jane preview

Jammin’ With Jane preview

| December 14, 2005 | 3 Comments

Jammin’ With Jane Pint, Chicago Thursday, December 15, 2005 With the holiday season fast approaching it’s always a great idea to donate to a worthy cause. Besides that warm, cozy feeling you get inside, the Jammin’ With Jane charity event is providing attendees with music, drinks, food, and the chance to win prizes.

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Mixel Pixel, Single Frame, Midstates preview

Mixel Pixel, Single Frame, Midstates preview

| December 14, 2005 | 5 Comments

Mixel Pixel, Single Frame, Midstates Red Line Tap, Chicago Saturday, December 17, 2005 “Hi, I’m in Delaware.” More than 10 years later and we still laugh at that line from Wayne’s World, but we betcha Mixel Pixel, who actually hail from The First State, fuckin’ hate it. Come to think of it though, can you […]

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The M’s preview new album

The M’s preview new album

| December 14, 2005 | 0 Comments

The M’s Schubas, Chicago Monday, December 19, 2005 The M’s last night of their Schubas residency will also be the first time you can hear the Chicago band’s sophomore album, Future Women, in its entirety.

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