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Damien Dempsey live!

Damien Dempsey live!

| September 10, 2008 | 0 Comments

Damien Dempsey Schubas, Chicago Friday, September 5, 2008 Looking like a younger, buffer Larry Mullen Jr., former boxer Damien Demspey brought a slice of the Emerald Isle to Schubas on Friday night to an attentive and participation-ready crowd. Singing with an affected accent missing from most cross-Atlantic artists, Dempsey often touched on themes of country, […]

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Ra Ra Riot, Walter Meego preview

Ra Ra Riot, Walter Meego preview

| September 10, 2008 | 0 Comments

Ra Ra Riot, Walter Meego Subterranean, Chicago Thursday, September 11, 2008 For up-and-comers, releasing a kudos-laden EP prior to the debut of a full-length effort amasses a staggering amount of expectation on behalf of the critics who created the hype and the fans that got caught up in it. Sometimes the end result is deemed […]

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The Dandy Warhols preview

The Dandy Warhols preview

| September 10, 2008 | 0 Comments

The Dandy Warhols Vic Theatre, Chicago Friday, September 12, 2008 It’s a truism that when a band think it perfectly normal to lyrically celebrate their drug of choice, self-indulgence is right around the corner.

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The Poison Arrows preview

The Poison Arrows preview

| September 10, 2008 | 0 Comments

The Poison Arrows Subterranean, Chicago Friday, September 12, 2008 The Poison Arrows include former members of both Don Caballero and Atombombpocketknife among its ranks. So does it sound like either? The easiest answer is . . . sorta.

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The Broken West preview

The Broken West preview

| September 10, 2008 | 0 Comments

The Broken West Schubas, Chicago Monday, September 15, 2008 For their second Merge Records release, Los Angeles’ The Broken West retain their label’s distinctly indistinct crown.

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Paul Weller preview

Paul Weller preview

| September 10, 2008 | 0 Comments

Paul Weller House Of Blues, Chicago Tuesday, September 16, 2008 God knows if Paul Weller understood his Britishness would inhibit his career so. With his ninth solo album, 22 Dreams (Yep Roc), he rubs it in like he doesn’t give a damn.

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Josh Rouse compiled

Josh Rouse compiled

| September 10, 2008 | 0 Comments

Josh Rouse The Best Of The Rykodisc Years (Rhino) In an age of iTunes hyper-selectivity and inescapable Essential and 20th Century Masters compilations, the music-buying public has nearly unlimited access to the dark corners of any artist’s career, regardless of record label. But Rykodisc and Rhino have a screwy little game they’d like to play.

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Squeeze, Aimee Mann live!

Squeeze, Aimee Mann live!

| September 3, 2008 | 0 Comments

Squeeze, Aimee Mann Ravinia, Highland Park Sunday, August 31, 2008 Given the perpetual solo tours from co-frontmen Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook (along with original pianist Jools Holland and his one-time replacement Paul Carrack), it doesn’t seem like 10 years since the last Squeeze studio CD and road trip. But just because the songs traveled, […]

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Setting Sail In A Sea Of Smooth

Setting Sail In A Sea Of Smooth

| September 3, 2008 | 0 Comments

Yacht Rock Columbia Yacht Club (Monroe Harbor), Chicago Saturday, September 6, 2008 From 1976 to 1984, the radio waves were dominated by really smooth music, also known as yacht rock. These yacht rockers docked a remarkable fleet of number-one hits, and every song has a story behind it.

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Richie Havens preview

Richie Havens preview

| September 3, 2008 | 0 Comments

Richie Havens Beverly Center, Chicago Saturday, September 6, 2008 If there is a God and he’s male, he probably speaks English like James Earl Jones. And when he sings? The heavens thunder like Richie Havens.

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James Jackson Toth preview

James Jackson Toth preview

| September 3, 2008 | 0 Comments

James Jackson Toth Schubas, Chicago Wednesday, September 10, 2008 James Jackson Toth has one of those voices that places him smack in the middle of a classic rock radio station’s playlist regardless of the year. Like The Black Crowes, it doesn’t matter that the singer-songwriter’s first solo record, Waiting In Vain (Ryko), hit store shelves […]

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The Fratellis & Airborne Toxic Event preview

The Fratellis & Airborne Toxic Event preview

| September 3, 2008 | 0 Comments

The Fratellis, Airborne Toxic Event House Of Blues, Chicago Wednesday, September 10, 2008 If they rely too much on the calculated cool of their two albums, The Fratellis stand to be overrun by openers Airborne Toxic Event.

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Slipknot reviewed

Slipknot reviewed

| September 3, 2008 | 1 Comment

Slipknot All Hope Is Gone (Roadrunner) Certain pockets of heavy metal fandom insist Slipknot are nothing more than goons in expensive Halloween masks whose over-the-top image, not the music, sells their records. If costumes sell CDs, though, why don’t Gwar go platinum? Why aren’t Mushroomhead playing arenas? Looking forward to the new Lordi record? Still […]

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Young@Heart Chorus reviewed

Young@Heart Chorus reviewed

| September 3, 2008 | 0 Comments

Young@Heart Chorus Mostly Live (Rhino) Though technically not the Young@Heart soundtrack, without the visuals, this companion to the retirement-age music documentary still gets by, occasionally offering some contender-esque interpretations of modern rock and R&B.

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