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Local CD Reviews

Local CD Reviews

| January 30, 2008 | 0 Comments

“Around Hear” is a monthly feature where a stable of IE writers review albums sent to us by local musicians. If you are interested in having your CD (must have a minimum of three songs) reviewed and are Illinois-based, mail it and any other media materials to 657 A W. Lake St., Chicago IL, 60661. […]

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Around Hear Page 2

Around Hear Page 2

| January 30, 2008 | 0 Comments

Sue Fink is a singer-songwriter with a quirky take on folk’s storytelling tradition. At times she sounds as if she is writing children’s music with her sing-songy melodies and PG subject matter about dogs, fish, and cell phones. Musically, her second album, Damsel In Distress, never charts new territory, but lyrically, she’s quite creative. (www.suefink.com) […]

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Around Hear Page 3

Around Hear Page 3

| January 30, 2008 | 0 Comments

Ten years of combining polka with rock ‘n’ roll (and lots of beer) deserves a celebration. To mark their decade anniversary, The Polkaholics released 10 Years To The Floor, a live album that shows off this band’s dedication to all things polka. Even with so-so production, this album captures this Chicago trio’s live energy. Still, […]

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Judd’s Dread

Judd’s Dread

| January 30, 2008 | 1 Comment

My first face-to-face encounter with Blake Judd didn’t leave me with a very good impression of the Nachtmystium frontman. In the summer of 2003 I had just moved to Chicago and was living half a block from Metal Haven’s old Lakeview location. Homesick, overwhelmed, clueless, and friendless, I dropped by the store a few times […]

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Air Tight

Air Tight

| January 30, 2008 | 1 Comment

APPLE MacBook Air Mac fanatics have been anticipating a sub notebook that would match the specs of mini-notebook laptops from PC makers Sony, Fujitsu, and Toshiba. They were rewarded last month when Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the MacBook Air, a 13.3-inch LED-backlit widescreen laptop that weighs three pounds and is about 3/4-inches thick.

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Why Free TV Sucks

Why Free TV Sucks

| January 30, 2008 | 0 Comments

NBC will make network history on February 18th when it premieres the Internet TV series, “Quarterlife.” But not because the half-hour show follows the lives of six good-looking white Los Angeles 20-somethings as they express their angst and try to find their place in the world.

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Studio Happenings

Studio Happenings

| January 30, 2008 | 0 Comments

At ELABS MULTIMEDIA in Madison, Wisconsin, Nonpoint mixed a live acoustic radio performance, recorded by Elab’s remote truck. Randy Hawk and Jack LeTourneau produced . . . New York pop rock group Locksley mixed an upcoming Japanese release for Fab Tone Records that was engineered by Sam Bair . . . Arrival Records artist Bascom […]

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Blues Lite

Blues Lite

| January 30, 2008 | 1 Comment

In the liner notes to the Little Arthur Duncan: Live At Rosa’s Blues Lounge DVD/CD set (Delmark), writer, producer, radio personality, and all-around blues maven Scott Dirks, referring to the band on the stand, says “This is exactly the kind of music that made Chicago famous a half century ago.” I beg to differ. Although […]

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William Elliott Whitmore live!

William Elliott Whitmore live!

| January 23, 2008 | 0 Comments

William Elliott Whitmore Reggie’s Rock Club, Chicago Friday, January 18, 2008 It has become tradition when William Elliott Whitmore plays Chicago for audience members to continuously feed him booze. Couple that with the fact each time Whitmore comes to town he plays a bigger venue, which means even more fans, which means even more whiskey […]

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Exile In Old Town School

Exile In Old Town School

| January 23, 2008 | 1 Comment

Tribute To Exile On Main St. Old Town School Of Folk Music, Chicago Friday, January 18, 2008 Having an ensemble recreate a classic album is hardly a novel concept, but there was something diabolically reverent and iconoclastic going on with Exile On Main St. on Friday. As performed by Old Town School faculty, alumni, and […]

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Eve 6 preview

Eve 6 preview

| January 23, 2008 | 0 Comments

Eve 6 Chicago City Limits, Schaumburg Friday, January 25, 2008 Eve 6 are an all-too familiar music industry horror story: They scored a big hit on each of their first two albums, but were abandoned by their label nonetheless when their third was a dud. Now, after a three-year hiatus, the pop punk band return.

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Supersuckers preview

Supersuckers preview

| January 23, 2008 | 0 Comments

Supersuckers Brauerhouse, Hillside Thursday, January 24, 2008 Friday, January 25, 2008 Supersuckers will never lack for identity. Even when they made a “country” album, their whiskey-drenched, biker-punk rock had a habit of baring its teeth. And though for a while it seemed they wrote songs simply to go with new song titles, their intensity never […]

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State Of The City Address

State Of The City Address

| January 23, 2008 | 0 Comments

How does Chicago rank as a music town compared to industry havens New York and Los Angeles and smaller, yet powerful centers of the biz like Austin and Nashville? Find out at a panel discussion sponsored by the nonprofit Chicago Music Commission on Thursday, January 24th at 6 p.m. in the Harris Theater For Music […]

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Rhymefest reviewed

Rhymefest reviewed

| January 23, 2008 | 0 Comments

Rhymefest Man In The Mirror mixtape (self-released free download) Who knows what kind of megalomaniacal festivities we’re in for with the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s Thriller this year (there’s already a masturbatorial video tribute on his homepage) — maybe Neverland Ranch will transform into a spaceship and finally take Jacko home. Chicago rapper Rhymefest, […]

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T. Duggins preview

T. Duggins preview

| January 16, 2008 | 0 Comments

T. Duggins, Nate Van Allen Beat Kitchen, Chicago Friday, January 18, 2008 The Tossers will officially celebrate St. Patty’s Day with a hometown blowout at Metro on March 14th, but fans should consider frontman Tony Duggins’ solo gig Friday night for a sampling of the band’s past and present.

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