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And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead preview

And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead preview

| March 4, 2009 | 0 Comments

And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead Logan Square Auditorium, Chicago Friday, March 6, 2009 When And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead released Source Tags & Codes, their 2002 major-label debut, it appeared the group would stand as one of the new millennium’s premiere art-rock darlings. Yet underwhelming […]

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Those Darlins preview

Those Darlins preview

| March 4, 2009 | 0 Comments

Those Darlins Metro, Chicago Friday, March 6, 2009 Kelley, Jessi, and Nikki Darlin’s Pabst-swillin’, air rifle-shootin’, Daisy Duke-wearin’ rednecktastic image might be exaggerated to better suite Those Darlins’ old-time country music. They might not be, too. Both Nikki and Jessi allegedly spent portions of their childhoods in electricity-and-plumbing-less poverty – hardships few of us have […]

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Ian McLagan & The Bump Band preview

Ian McLagan & The Bump Band preview

| March 4, 2009 | 0 Comments

Ian McLagan & The Bump Band FitzGerald’s, Berwyn Saturday, March 7, 2009 Life dealt Ian McLagan a pretty stout hand. As keyboardist for the Small Faces and Faces, he got to contribute some, imbibe a lot, and generally let Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane, and Rod Stewart deal with the press. He even got to parlay […]

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Susan Werner reviewed

Susan Werner reviewed

| March 4, 2009 | 0 Comments

Susan Werner Classics (Sleeve Dog) Adult-alternative singer-songwriter Susan Werner manages something unintended on her latest album. A collection of covers, some of what she calls Classics are nearly proven to be anything but. Appearing: Saturday, March 7th at Old Town School Of Folk Music.

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Cover Story: Fleetwood Mac

Cover Story: Fleetwood Mac

| March 2, 2009 | 2 Comments

Fleetwood Mac Give The People What They Want Imagine the headlines if Fleetwood Mac recorded Rumours in 2009 instead of the mid-’70s. People magazine, Us Weekly, and other supermarket litter would have a field day, as would the paparazzi waiting to catch a glimpse of a band on the verge of destruction. Appearing: March 5th […]

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Glasvegas interview

Glasvegas interview

| March 2, 2009 | 0 Comments

Glasvegas Ain’t That A Kick In The Head In Britain, the running joke is young lads have roughly two ways out of their bleak, dead-end towns: form a rock band or become a “footballer,” a professional soccer star. “And I’m probably the first person of all time to do both!” brags scrappy Scot James Allan. […]

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Graham Nash interview

Graham Nash interview

| March 2, 2009 | 0 Comments

Graham Nash Still Young Crosby, Stills, and I were at my house in Hawaii for the past 10 days rehears- ing a new record,” Graham Nash says from a New York hotel. Tentatively titled Laurel Canyon, it will be the first CSN effort composed entirely of cover versions. The concept came from their label, Columbia. […]

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Van Morrison Revisits Astral Weeks

Van Morrison Revisits Astral Weeks

| March 2, 2009 | 0 Comments

VAN MORRISON Astral Weeks Live At The Hollywood Bowl (Listen To The Lion) Say the name Van Morrison, and the casual fan will think “Brown-Eyed Girl,” “Moon- dance,” maybe “Domino.” But the Morrison maniacs, the real Van fans, with exuberance, will think Astral Weeks. Not only is this eight-song, mind-expanding, meandering meditation Morrison’s masterwork, it’s […]

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Hello, My Name Is Les

Hello, My Name Is Les

| March 2, 2009 | 0 Comments

Hello, My Name Is Les Q&A With Les Claypool photo by Jake Blakesberg IE: Of Fungi And Foe is based on two projects you’ve worked on, a video game called Mushroom Men and the Pig Hunt film, right? Les Claypool: I was commissioned to do the score for both those pieces, so what Idid was, […]

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File: March 2009

File: March 2009

| March 2, 2009 | 0 Comments

TO NYC AND BACK Last August, Chicago high-school student and beatmaker C-Sick wasn’t even sure he would be allowed into the Metro to compete in Red Bull’s renowned Big Tune beat battle. Despite his age, the then 17-year-old wound up taking home the Chicago title, thanks to his punchy, desktop-born hip-hop. Then, four months later […]

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DVD Zone: March 2009

DVD Zone: March 2009

| March 2, 2009 | 0 Comments

SELLING OUT TO THE FAME GAME How To Lose Friends And Alienate People 20th Century Fox In the early ’90s, British writer Toby Young founded and co-edited the London- based magazine Modern Review, a publication dedicating itself to snarky articles slamming anything and everything that wasn’t them. Young revealed himself to be most obnoxious, earning […]

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Hail To The Hammer

Hail To The Hammer

| March 2, 2009 | 0 Comments

Few bands can claim their home country’s best-selling album. Even fewer are heavy metal bands. A “Viking metal” metal band? No way.

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Local CD Reviews

Local CD Reviews

| March 2, 2009 | 3 Comments

Chicago-based Absolutely Perfect describes its music as “nothing you have ever heard before, yet strangely familiar.” While this sounds like typical self-promotion, these guys have actually nailed it. The band’s second release, the Live To Be . . . , has it serving up six bowls of thick, chunky basslines with sides of punk rhythms […]

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Around Hear Pg. 2

Around Hear Pg. 2

| March 2, 2009 | 2 Comments

Beyond boasting solid musicianship, Sam Reicher and Antony Ablan of Chicago-based quartet Blackdog can sing like seasoned vets, as heard on the band’s self-titled debut. Both have robust, gruff voices, which work with whatever sound the band is after, whether slow-churning blues (“Crawlin’ Kingsnake”) or classic rock (“Hey Mama”). Innovation may not be its strong […]

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Sounds Like An Angel

Sounds Like An Angel

| March 2, 2009 | 0 Comments

“There hasn’t been a lot of growing in the blues. I don’t see any reason why it cannot grow. So many blues artists were innovative. Muddy Waters, he plugged in.” Shemekia Copeland Never Going Back (Telarc) reflects the ongoing evolution in the life and music of contemporary soulful blues diva Shemekia Copeland. Produced by guitarist/songwriter […]

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