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Kill Hannah live!

Kill Hannah live!

| August 27, 2008 | 0 Comments

Kill Hannah Metro, Chicago Saturday, August 23, 2008 For whatever can be said about Kill Hannah, the group’s enthusiasm and affection for their hometown is undeniable. After years of Next Big Thing proclamations — from Billy Corgan to local radio to this magazine — their long-awaited superstar status would never arrive. Yet the outfit seem […]

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Big Tune Battle recap

Big Tune Battle recap

| August 27, 2008 | 0 Comments

Red Bull “Big Tune” Beat Battle Metro, Chicago Thursday, August 21, 2008 Countless cities have held one-night beat battles, but it’s Red Bull’s Big Tune traveling competition that has aspiring hip-hop producers from across the country loading their work onto CD-Rs for a shot at national exposure.

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The Faint & Jaguar Love live!

The Faint & Jaguar Love live!

| August 27, 2008 | 0 Comments

The Faint, Jaguar Love Vic Theatre, Chicago Friday, August 22, 2008 In May 2007, when last The Faint touched down in Chicago, it was a hot, sweaty affair, a hyper-charged electric tension palpable within the confines of the Metro’s second floor. In town behind Wet From Birth (Saddle Creek), the group rose above the wave […]

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Nico Muhly preview

Nico Muhly preview

| August 27, 2008 | 0 Comments

Nico Muhly Lakeshore Theater, Chicago Thursday, August 28, 2008 I once interviewed a rock guitarist who claimed he could find musical inspiration in any mundane, common, everyday sound. Nico Muhly agrees.

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Jazz Festival preview

Jazz Festival preview

| August 27, 2008 | 0 Comments

Sonny Rollins | Ornette Coleman Jazz Festival, Chicago Thursday, August 28 | Sunday, August 31, 2008 The battle of the saxes highlights the Chicago Jazz Festival this year, featuring a pair of giants in Sonny Rollins and Ornette Coleman.

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Delta Spirit preview

Delta Spirit preview

| August 27, 2008 | 0 Comments

Delta Spirit Schubas, Chicago Sunday, August 31, 2008 By selecting the word “spirit” for their band name, San Diego’s Delta Spirit provide a too-easy-to-bypass avenue from which dissect their sound. Their debut, Ode To Sunshine (Rounder), has a helluva lot of familiar aurae around it.

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Death Vessel reviewed

Death Vessel reviewed

| August 27, 2008 | 0 Comments

Death Vessel Nothing Is Precious Enough For Us (Sub Pop) Death Vessel’s Joel Thibodeau is a) an insect, b) female, or c) a bluegrass artist. At varying points one and none are true. Appearing: Saturday, August 30th at Schubas in Chicago.

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Chris Isaak live!

Chris Isaak live!

| August 20, 2008 | 0 Comments

Chris Isaak Morton Arboretum, Lisle Saturday, August 16, 2008 Few artists are capable of tapping into a winning formula that doesn’t significantly evolve as the years progress, but colors just enough outside the lines to attract repeat customers. Enter veteran singer/songwriter Chris Isaak, the debonair crooner who’s made a killing channeling the outfits of Elvis […]

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Koufax preview

Koufax preview

| August 20, 2008 | 0 Comments

Koufax Bottom Lounge, Chicago Saturday, August 23, 2008 Koufax’s fourth album, Strugglers (Doghouse), belongs to Kansas City jazz-meister Mark Southerland. Head Koufax honcho Robert Suchan at turns delivers sweaty Jack White-isms and even shares a range with What Made Milwaukee Famous’ Michael Kingcaid, but when the 10-track disc ends, it’s Southerland’s horns that will continue […]

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Indigenous preview

Indigenous preview

| August 20, 2008 | 1 Comment

Indigenous Martyrs’, Chicago Saturday, August 23, 2008 Indigenous frontman/guitarist Mato Nanji’s past, upbringing, and musical journey are not only interesting stories, but unusual. Too bad the same can’t be said for his band’s music.

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Rebuilt Sir Miles Davis Academy Bows On South Side

Rebuilt Sir Miles Davis Academy Bows On South Side

| August 20, 2008 | 0 Comments

A handful of the late Miles Davis’ family members and musicians will be on hand to open the Sir Miles Davis Academy magnate school on Tuesday, August 26th.

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Bigelf reviewed

Bigelf reviewed

| August 20, 2008 | 0 Comments

Bigelf Cheat The Gallows (Custard) Bigelf’s cup runneth over with bombast. Their overzealous ode to big-top rock might not be very original, but it’ll overpower you in the end.

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Pas/Cal reviewed

Pas/Cal reviewed

| August 20, 2008 | 0 Comments

Pas/Cal I Was Raised On Matthew, Mark, Luke & Laura (Le Grand Magistery) After years of teasing indie pop enthusiasts with lip-smacking EPs, Pas/Cal manage a full-length that survives as a 12-track spread.

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Shannon McArdle reviewed

Shannon McArdle reviewed

| August 20, 2008 | 0 Comments

Shannon McArdle Summer Of The Whore (Bar None) Former Mendoza Line frontwoman Shannon McArdle lies back on the couch and drops truckloads of divorce-flavored pathology.

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Extreme reunited

Extreme reunited

| August 13, 2008 | 4 Comments

Extreme House Of Blues, Chicago Saturday, August 13, 2008 Despite a 13-year absence, not much has changed for Extreme. The adjective that is their name has been repurposed for nu metal-listenin’, Red Bull-drinkin’, X Games mayhem and, obviously, mainstream tastes have run their cycles. But Saturday, for the most part, the Boston band’s Frankenstein funk […]

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