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A Third Down & Ten

A Third Down & Ten

| July 30, 2007 | 0 Comments

Trent Modglin had the idea of starting a cultural magazine years ago. “I was close to turning 30 and said, ‘If I don’t do it now, I’m never going to do it,’” says the DeKalb-area native. “I didn’t want to look back when I was 40 and say, ‘I wish I’d done that magazine about […]

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Shirk Music – Not Duty

Shirk Music – Not Duty

| July 30, 2007 | 0 Comments

Great things happen at the annual South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas. Between the bands on every street corner and the consumption of Lone Star beer, networking on a massive scale takes place and big ideas are born (usually within the vicinity of a bar). During such a BBQ-drenched night, a few Miami […]

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Like Father, Like Son

Like Father, Like Son

| July 30, 2007 | 3 Comments

Renowned actor Stan Shaw (Roots, Harlem Nights, The Great Santini, Fried Green Tomatoes) helped kick off the Bronzeville Film Festival in June, at the Carruthers Center For Inner City Studies at Northeastern University. Shaw was there to talk about his upcoming film Roots Of My Father, Blues Royalty, a documentary about his famous father, Handy […]

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Mos Def, Talib Kweli live!

Mos Def, Talib Kweli live!

| July 25, 2007 | 0 Comments

Zune Presents: Live At The BBQ Union Park, Chicago Sunday, July 22, 2007 It’s tempting to dismiss corporate-related shows. This is particularly true when the host is a mammoth like Microsoft’s Zune trying to recreate the community aspect of hip-hop by throwing the “ultimate park jam experience.” On the second stop of Zune’s Live At […]

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Ra Ra Riot preview

Ra Ra Riot preview

| July 25, 2007 | 1 Comment

Ra Ra Riot Beat Kitchen, Chicago Thursday, July 26, 2007 Ra Ra Riot supposedly hadn’t even practiced when they booked their first gig – an example of how rapidly things took off for the Syracuse chamber pop group. Barely more than a year after forming, Riot had all the hippest rock publications all but fist […]

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Bat For Lashes preview

Bat For Lashes preview

| July 25, 2007 | 0 Comments

Bat For Lashes Schubas, Chicago Friday, July 27, 2007 She has Thom Yorke’s seal of approval, and really that’s quite a feat in itself. In addition to rock’s favorite falsetto-drenched experimentalist, Natasha Khan (a.k.a. Bat For Lashes) has won over a slew of heavy-hitting musicians with her debut, Fur And Gold (Caroline/Echo), including Björk, Pulp’s […]

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The Subdudes preview

The Subdudes preview

| July 25, 2007 | 1 Comment

The Subdudes Beverly Arts Center, Chicago Saturday, July 28, 2007 New Orleans, for the most part, has not recovered from Katrina yet. The Subdudes are more than back on their feet, however, and show the kind of fundamental strength a building or levee could never match.

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ZibraZibra preview

ZibraZibra preview

| July 25, 2007 | 0 Comments

ZibraZibra The Note, Chicago Saturday, July 28, 2007 What do a band mentored by pudgy, white, R&B crooner Har Mar Superstar sound like? Apparently ZibraZibra.

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The Race & The New Mastersounds preview

The Race & The New Mastersounds preview

| July 25, 2007 | 0 Comments

The Race Wicker Park Fest, Chicago Sunday, July 29, 2007 In mid 2004, Chicago Reader columnist Bob Mehr wrote an article on The Race, subtitled “finally starting to get somewhere.” Rather amusingly, it has been attached to the press kit for the Chicago band’s fourth album, Ice Station (Flameshovel).

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Great Lakes Myth Society reviewed

Great Lakes Myth Society reviewed

| July 25, 2007 | 0 Comments

Great Lakes Myth Society Compass Rose Bouquet (Quack) Nobody’s complaining, but with the purging of the Old Town School vaults, a separate Folksongs Of Illinois collection, and Sufjan Stevens’ treatises on Illinois and Michigan, the region might be overexposed. Appearing: July 27th at Martyrs’ in Chicago.

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Billy Bob Thornton reviewed

Billy Bob Thornton reviewed

| July 25, 2007 | 0 Comments

Billy Bob Thornton Beautiful Door (New Door) The actor’s fourth album in six years is yet another country-roots affair, the sound of a beat-up LTD cruising an empty highway.

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Mr. Gnome preview

Mr. Gnome preview

| July 18, 2007 | 0 Comments

Mr. Gnome Ronny’s, Chicago Friday, July 21, 2007 What if the White Stripes decided to eschew their blues influences and concentrate solely on metal and hardcore material and switched the lineup around with Ms. Meg White taking lead vocals and saddling Jack with the drum kit? The result would sound a lot like Cleveland, Ohio […]

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The Beatles’ “Love” reviewed

The Beatles’ “Love” reviewed

| July 18, 2007 | 0 Comments

Beatles: Love Mirage, Las Vegas Saturday, July 14, 2007 The controversey surrounding “Love” is understandable if you haven’t seen the production. Select, high-profile Beatles songs have been either remixed or replaced with demos for the Cirque De Soleil to dance to, all for the most discriminating of audiences: Las Vegas showgoers. Next month: flogging Pope […]

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Pitchfork Festival review!

Pitchfork Festival review!

| July 18, 2007 | 0 Comments

Pitchfork Music Festival Union Park, Chicago Friday, July 13 – Sunday, July 15, 2007 Last year the second Pitchfork Music Festival (the 2005 Intonation Festival was curated by pitchforkmedia.com and booked by the same promoter, so technically it was the first Pitchfork Fest) made the jump from one of the also-rans of Chicago’s summer fests […]

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Maxïmo Park live!

Maxïmo Park live!

| July 18, 2007 | 0 Comments

Maxïmo Park Double Door, Chicago Monday, July 16, 2007 “This is turning into a comedy act,” Maxïmo Park singer Paul Smith noticed Monday at the Double Door. “We’re very serious — from England. The Northeast in fact.”

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