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Save Internet Radio

Save Internet Radio

| June 28, 2007 | 0 Comments

Is the musical Wild West of Internet radio about to become as predictable as commercial broadcast radio? A new Copyright Royalty Board measure that goes into effect July 15th would massively increase the rate webcasters must pay each time they stream a song, and put thousands of small, independent outlets out of business.

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Rock Accessories

Rock Accessories

| June 28, 2007 | 2 Comments

I’d always thought that rock’s major accessory was sex. But a recently published book, Paul Grushkin‘s lavishly illustrated coffee table tome Rockin’ Down The Highway (Voyageur), has given me second thoughts. Grushkin makes a convincing case that rock’s main accoutrement is the automobile.

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Studio Happenings

Studio Happenings

| June 28, 2007 | 0 Comments

At CLEANCUT RECORDING STUDIO in Palatine, How Bright The Sky recorded a single entitled “Typewriter” that was produced by Tony D. . . . Pow! Right In The Kisser worked on their full length, Knuckle Up, with Tony D. . . . Men Dream Of Flying worked on pre-production.

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Blues From The Heart

Blues From The Heart

| June 28, 2007 | 0 Comments

“I love singing the real, old-school blues. It gives me a feeling to sing them type of blues. That’s old school. That’s me.” – Koko Taylor Old School (Alligator) is Queen Of The Blues Koko Taylor’s first album in seven years! Taylor roars and growls her way through five originals and six cover tunes from […]

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T.I. live!

T.I. live!

| June 27, 2007 | 2 Comments

T.I. Riviera, Chicago Wednesday, June 20, 2007 While not marketed as a “secret” show, the location of rapper T.I.’s free MySpace performance wasn’t made available until the day before. But that didn’t stop his fans from arriving in throngs — lining up the entire stretch of the 4700 block of Magnolia around Lawrence, all the […]

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oh my god preview

oh my god preview

| June 27, 2007 | 1 Comment

oh my god Schubas, Chicago Thursday, June 28th & Friday, June 29th, 2007 Chicago band oh my god, long revered for their wacky drums/bass/organ lineup, finally take the leap and add geetar to the mix. Does this mean conformity for these proud weirdoes? Hardly.

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Cealed Kasket preview

Cealed Kasket preview

| June 27, 2007 | 0 Comments

Cealed Kasket Otto’s, DeKalb Friday, June 29, 2007 Double Door, Chicago Saturday, June 30, 2007 Like a weightlifting, protein shake-pounding, barbed-wire armband-wearing man unable to confess his secret love of figure skating, it can be tough for heavy metal fans to admit the silliness of some of the music they, and the bands they love, […]

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Great Lake Swimmers preview

Great Lake Swimmers preview

| June 27, 2007 | 0 Comments

Great Lake Swimmers Schubas, Chicago Saturday, June 30, 2007 From an audio standpoint, it might feel like Great Lake Swimmers will have just blown into town on Saturday.

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The Mooney Suzuki preview

The Mooney Suzuki preview

| June 27, 2007 | 0 Comments

The Mooney Suzuki Subterranean, Chicago Wednesday, July 4, 2007 It’d be a better world if we all took the tired-ass advice of ESPN anchor Stuart Scott, who is fond of saying “Don’t hate the player, hate the game.” Still, it’s hard to dredge up the kind of sympathy for The Mooney Suzuki we afford most […]

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Buju Banton preview

Buju Banton preview

| June 27, 2007 | 0 Comments

Buju Banton African Caribbean Festival Of Life, Chicago Wednesday, July 4, 2007 While Sean Paul or Elephant Man may be more visible to American fans, when it comes to dancehall icon status, nobody can overshadow Buju Banton.

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HotHouse Goes Cold

HotHouse Goes Cold

| June 27, 2007 | 0 Comments

Chicago’s famed cultural institution, HotHouse, shuts the doors of its South Loop location at 31 E. Balbo Drive at the end of July. Monday’s announcement came on the heels of a settlement in the 2005 lawsuit the Center For International Performance And Exhibition filed against the building’s landlord.

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Morningbell reviewed

Morningbell reviewed

| June 27, 2007 | 0 Comments

Morningbell Through The Belly Of The Sea (self) Whether it’s the first of its kind can be left to the Talmuds. The fact is Morningbell’s third album connects back to those morbid books of yore: Choose Your Own Adventure.

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Deftones live!

Deftones live!

| June 20, 2007 | 0 Comments

Deftones Riviera, Chicago Friday, June 15, 2007 For a fair amount of time, the Deftones were facing their share of setbacks. Frontman Chino Moreno’s battle with alcoholism while touring behind the group’s celebrated 2000 release, White Pony, was hardly a secret. And tensions were said to run high within the Deftones camp during 2003’s self-titled […]

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Robert Earl Keen/Tift Merritt live!

Robert Earl Keen/Tift Merritt live!

| June 20, 2007 | 0 Comments

Robert Earl Keen Joe’s, Chicago Saturday, June 16, 2007 Tift Merritt Old Town School Of Folk Music, Chicago Sunday, June 17, 2007 It goes without saying us hipsters in the upper Midwest prefer a more interesting brand of country music. But often shut out of our system are fringe players who aren’t radical enough for […]

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Straylight Run reviewed

Straylight Run reviewed

| June 20, 2007 | 0 Comments

Straylight Run Metro, Chicago Thursday, June 14, 2007 It might seem like an imposing paradox, but Thursday night at the Metro Straylight Run demonstrated how to straddle the line between bombast or pomp and a clearly visible and always vulnerable staggering sense of earnestness.

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