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Hip-Hop In The Studio

Hip-Hop In The Studio

| January 31, 2007 | 0 Comments

Hip-Hop And The Studio: Forget What You’ve Heard To many, the idea of hip-hop artists in the recording studio evokes a threatening image. Most common is the hostile rapper whose sole mission is to give engineers a headache. Now if you ask just about any engineer, they’ll probably tell you rowdy clients do exist. What […]

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File: February 2007

File: February 2007

| January 31, 2007 | 0 Comments

A GOOD ROGERING “Mess with the bull, you get the horns” can apparently be translated as “Deal with The Gambler, you get the shaft.” Residents of Sandy Springs, Georgia, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, are unhappy with Kenny Rogers, and it’s not because of some neon chicken. One year after purchasing a seven-acre lot for […]

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Mo Rocca 2

Mo Rocca 2

| January 31, 2007 | 0 Comments

[ back ] IE: Is there anyone who’s smart in a really weird way, they happen to know a lot about one thing? MR: Well, me. I know everything about Presdential animals. I wrote a book on them [All The Presidents Pets: The Story Of One Reporter Who Refused To Roll Over]. IE: Guess what! […]

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DVD Zone: February 2007

DVD Zone: February 2007

| January 31, 2007 | 1 Comment

Broken Bridges Paramount A few things are well known about Toby Keith. He wears his redneck street cred like a badge, has a fetish for the troops, and above all . . . he’s a Ford® truck man. All of these traits are in full bloom in the extended Ford® infomercial, Broken Bridges.

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James Brown, Soul Brother #1, R.I.P.

James Brown, Soul Brother #1, R.I.P.

| January 31, 2007 | 0 Comments

Sometime after midnight on December 29th, singer/guitarist and bandleader Phil Guy joined the Matthew Skoller Band onstage at his brother’s club (Buddy Guy’s Legends) and ripped into a spirited version of James Brown‘s “I Can’t Stand It” that brought the cheering crowd to its feet in tribute for a beloved artist who changed the face […]

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Mixing It Up

Mixing It Up

| January 31, 2007 | 1 Comment

Few people would describe the Linder Avenue Recording Web site as “striking.” The design is skeletal, white text on a black background, and the information minimal, a list of services, an e-mail address but little else.

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Bad Radio Hurts Musicians

Bad Radio Hurts Musicians

| January 31, 2007 | 1 Comment

“When my life and my income and my profession are affected by media consolidation, we don’t need to make a move any further in the wrong direction,” George Jones said at a recent Federal Communications Commission media ownership hearing in Nashville. Jones was one of several country musicians – including Naomi Judd – who testified […]

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Gettin’ Handsy

Gettin’ Handsy

| January 31, 2007 | 0 Comments

“Gear” will run as a web-only column this month, but will return to print next month. SOURCE AUDIO Hot Hand Source Audio‘s wireless guitar-effect system is a unique ring-controlled unit that communicates with a floor pedal to create weirdness previously only heard in a recording studio setting.

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Abyssinian Funk

Abyssinian Funk

| January 31, 2007 | 2 Comments

Distinctive, yet filled with familiar accents, Ethiopian contemporary music draws upon a vibrant ancient history as well as an unlikely mix of modern sounds. With a history that can be traced to King Solomon and Abyssinian glory and a present plagued by war and famine, Ethiopia’s music reflects the unpredictable nature of life.

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Local CD Reviews

Local CD Reviews

| January 31, 2007 | 1 Comment

After a four-year hiatus, The Baldwin Brothers drop Return Of The Golden Rhodes (TVT), a deliciously sexy album crackling with juicy beats, deep grooves, and their unique fusion of electronic funk. Smooth vocal flow and quirky rhymes make “A Matter Of Time” a slinky ass shaker, while “Air Is Invisible” is bred from Underworld’s mindwarping, […]

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Around Hear Page 2

Around Hear Page 2

| January 31, 2007 | 5 Comments

Indie stalwart bassist Griffin Rodriguez (a.k.a. Blue Hawaii) and drummer Chris Powell are the braintrust duo behind Icy Demons. Their second full-length, Tears Of A Clone, cuts a wide-ranging swath of recorded electronica, pinballing between the insouciance of mid-’70s Zappa, the eternal ambience of Brain Eno, the percussive minimalism of Steve Reich, and all rock […]

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O.A.R. & Gomez live

O.A.R. & Gomez live

| January 24, 2007 | 0 Comments

O.A.R./Gomez U.I.C. Pavilion, Chicago Friday, January 19, 2007 Calling O.A.R. a Dave Matthews Band rip-off is both unfair and misleading, though it’s a frequent comparison from critics and casual fans alike. Sure, the guys have opened for Dave and company on numerous occasions, built their fan base with a similar grassroots approach, tour incessantly, and […]

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The Chamber Strings live

The Chamber Strings live

| January 24, 2007 | 0 Comments

The Chamber Strings Double Door, Chicago Saturday, January 20, 2007 Those wondering if The Chamber Strings have lost a step since their last gig are missing the point. Seeing how founder Kevin Junior was literally scrounging for heroin from a cardboard box in an L.A. slum quite recently, Saturday’s reunion wasn’t about gelling or marketing […]

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Cougar preview

Cougar preview

| January 24, 2007 | 0 Comments

Cougar Empty Bottle, Chicago Thursday, January 25, 2007 Tricky band, this post rock combo Cougar. Law, due for release on February 20th, has already been released before — twice. Easy, Cougar.

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Vega4 preview

Vega4 preview

| January 24, 2007 | 0 Comments

Vega4 Metro, Chicago Thursday, January 25, 2007 London-based Vega4 are sort of an international conglomerate (Irish, Canadian, and New Zealand-ish? -er? -ese? -ous?) and a right cocky bunch. In their bio, frontman Johnny McDaid says things like “It’s so hard to describe our sound.” Quick — somebody hand this guy a Snow Patrol record.

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