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Jack’s Mannequin live!

Jack’s Mannequin live!

| November 12, 2008 | 0 Comments

Jack’s Mannequin Bottom Lounge, Chicago November 9, 2008 Despite hailing from sunny California, the Windy City is almost a second home for Jack’s Mannequin, at least according to frontman Andrew McMahon at Sunday night’s Bottom Lounge show. And judging by the commitment of the sold-out crowd (some camped out in the cold for hours to […]

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The Rosebuds preview

The Rosebuds preview

| November 12, 2008 | 0 Comments

The Rosebuds Bottom Lounge, Chicago Thursday, November 13, 2008 For a band who’ve chosen such an iconic name in American arts, The Rosebuds seem to practice an ad hoc self-iconoclasmtreating the styles on past albums like used tissues.

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Iced Earth, Early Man preview

Iced Earth, Early Man preview

| November 12, 2008 | 0 Comments

Iced Earth, Early Man Metro, Chicago Friday, November 14, 2008 You’ll notice five guys in the above Iced Earth picture — resembling, to most, a band. But consider this: Since 1991 (the group officially formed in the mid’80s) Iced Earth has released 10 albums . . . and had more than 20 members! That’s not […]

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Totally Michael preview

Totally Michael preview

| November 12, 2008 | 0 Comments

Totally Michael Abbey Pub, Chicago Sunday, November 16, 2008 Technological advances in the last half decade have drastically changed the music industry. Some for the better (musicians with little-to-no budget can record at home instead of burning money in big-dollar studios); some for the worse (Totally Michael — one guy from Bloomington, Indiana — can […]

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Coheed And Cambria quadruple live!

Coheed And Cambria quadruple live!

| November 5, 2008 | 1 Comment

Coheed And Cambria Rivieria, Chicago Tuesday, October 28-31, 2008 Coheed And Cambria have always gone big. From overly pretentious album titles (Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness) to sprawling nine-minute epics, the group has continually aspired toward the ambitious and grandiose. Thus, it was hardly surprising […]

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The Academy Is preview

The Academy Is preview

| November 5, 2008 | 1 Comment

The Academy Is House Of Blues, Chicago Thursday, November 6, 2008 Friday, November 7, 2008 Both Rolling Stone and Spin hammered The Academy Is’ second album, Santi, but so what? Fans still grabbed copies, Atlantic Records didn’t give Fueled By Ramen/Decaydence any ultimatums, and the Hoffman Estates-based band felt confident enough to book two House […]

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My Brightest Diamond preview

My Brightest Diamond preview

| November 5, 2008 | 0 Comments

My Brightest Diamond Schubas, Chicago Friday, November 7, 2008 Led Zeppelin’s burning yen to hit the road without Robert Plant (and with some choda from Alter Bridge) has given us something similar to the DTs: shaking, nausea, gas, seething intolerance for blatant stupidity. However, if Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones absolutely must go all […]

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Tech N9ne

Tech N9ne

| November 5, 2008 | 0 Comments

Tech N9ne Pearl Room, Mokena Saturday, November 8, 2008 Skits, guest appearances, and bloated songs counts are as common to hip-hop as blast beats are to black metal, but Tech N9ne takes things to a whole new level on Killer.

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Grails preview

Grails preview

| November 5, 2008 | 0 Comments

Grails Empty Bottle, Chicago Tuesday, November 11, 2008 Grails’ Doomsdayer’s Holiday cover art has boobies on it. Naked boobies. This would be cooler if the woman with said boobies wasn’t riding one of those convenient-store mechanical animals (an elephant, as far as we can tell), in the middle of a forest, wearing some sort of […]

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A Big Brain Benefit For Diane Izzo

A Big Brain Benefit For Diane Izzo

| November 5, 2008 | 0 Comments

Singer-songwriter Diane Izzo, who was an alt-country/Hideout fixture for a number of years, needs some help. Doctors discovered a brain tumor this year and, echoing the trials of most working musicians, he has little by way of health insurance. In the spirit of community, some of her better-known friends have sprung to her aid.

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Godhead reviewed

Godhead reviewed

| November 5, 2008 | 1 Comment

Godhead At The Edge Of The World Driven Music Group Wow. What the shit happened to Godhead? ‘Cause this sure isn’t the same band from eight years ago.

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