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Smiling Scottish Eyes

Smiling Scottish Eyes

| February 28, 2006 | 1 Comment

March traditionally inspires lots of Celtic music and celebrations in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, but it’s important to note Celtic doesn’t just mean Irish. As a matter of fact, St. Patrick wasn’t actually Irish at all and some historians place his birth in Scotland, some in Wales. It’s a fitting reality considering after the […]

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Local CD Reviews

Local CD Reviews

| February 28, 2006 | 0 Comments

Typical of countless other bluesy-rock bar bands, Analog Theory play conventional, straight-up rock that lacks originality or interest. Their sound is tired — chunky riffs, generic rhythms, and trite lyrics. This doesn’t mean they lack passion or spirit, as their musicianship exhibits cohesiveness and the performances are sharp. It’s too bad they put such a […]

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BB King Review

BB King Review

| February 22, 2006 | 2 Comments

B.B. King House Of Blues, Chicago Thursday, February 16, 2006 In what just might be his farewell tour, B.B. King exuded nothing but class on Thursday at House Of Blues, never bowing to the indignities of self-congratulation or hinting the blues are anything but alive.

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Jeffersons Reviewed

Jeffersons Reviewed

| February 22, 2006 | 0 Comments

Jefferson Starship & The Jefferson Airplane Family Galactic Reunion House Of Blues, Chicago Tuesday, February 21, 2006 The latest billing of the Jefferson Starship brand name has so much additional information that it couldn’t all fit on the ticket. But then again it’s only natural for this lengthy lineup to bill tours extremely specifically, given […]

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Bob Mould Review

Bob Mould Review

| February 22, 2006 | 0 Comments

Bob Mould Old Town School Of Folk Music, Chicago Friday, February 17, 2006 Whether fronting the seminal Hüsker Dü, working solo, or with his second band Sugar, the constant hallmark of Bob Mould has always been the quality of his songwriting. Very few people can write such natural hooks as Mould, and there’s no better […]

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Matt Pond/Dios (Malos) Review

Matt Pond/Dios (Malos) Review

| February 22, 2006 | 0 Comments

Matt Pond PA, Dios (Malos) Double Door, Chicago Monday, February 20, 2006 I couldn’t believe it and neither could Matt Pond. What were all those people doing at the Double Door on a Monday, for a band that have never headlined a Chicago venue larger than the old Fireside?

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BARR Preview

BARR Preview

| February 22, 2006 | 0 Comments

BARR Logan Square Auditorium, Chicago Saturday, February 25, 2006 “How do you start something? You start it.” These are the first words out of Brendan Fowler‘s (aka BARR) mouth on Beyond Reinforced Jewel Case, giving the immediate hint that this record might be out there — a ways.

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Win A Trip To London

Win A Trip To London

| February 22, 2006 | 0 Comments

BRAVE NEW WORLD Catch them now before VH1 needs to dig them up in 10 years: Guitar Center and Vox Amplification are cosponsoring a contest that will send a winner and guest to London to see The Bravery at Wembley Arena on April 3rd.

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Illumilite

Illumilite

| February 22, 2006 | 0 Comments

Latrice Barnett Illuminate (Ultra) Dance club lite tracks exhibit more anonymity than soul on Five Point Plan vocalist’s solo debut.

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Frankly

Frankly

| February 22, 2006 | 0 Comments

Frankel Chatterbox (Three Ring) Calling him “Lithium pop,” Frankel’s label isn’t doing him any favors, appropriate as it might be.

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Brothers In Studs

Brothers In Studs

| February 22, 2006 | 0 Comments

Deadstring Brothers Starving Winter Report (Bloodshot) From Kurt Marschke’s flat sneer to the country bent of Deadstring’s divebar rock, Starving Winter Report was made with one thing in mind: Exile On Main Street.

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Wave of mutation

Wave of mutation

| February 22, 2006 | 0 Comments

(The Sounds Of) Kaleidoscope From Where You Were To How You Got There (Hackshop) If you can get away without humming “Hounds Of Love” during “New Language,” this 12-track debut will tumble you through a sonic undertow in an oh-so-English sway.

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Mump In The Road

Mump In The Road

| February 22, 2006 | 0 Comments

Measles Mumps Rubella Fantastic Success (Doubling Cube) Dancin’ D.C. punks whip through seven-song, half-hour debut “album.”

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Colter 45

Colter 45

| February 22, 2006 | 0 Comments

Jessi Colter Out Of The Ashes (Shout! Factory) Waylon’s widow emerges 22 years from her last effort, providing a duet with her late husband.

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Hello yourself

Hello yourself

| February 22, 2006 | 0 Comments

The Capes Hello (Hard Soul) Periodically British bands inadvertently circle wagons and form an Empire Shell in order to protect the local industry from Americanizing.

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