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Archive for September, 2009

Sweet Home: October 2009

Sweet Home: October 2009

| September 30, 2009 | 1 Comment

Delmark Delivers Blues History Chicago remains a blues mecca, even in the face of distracting new-millennium antics of Chi-town musicians like Kanye West and R. Kelly. Despite this and a lengthy gospel, R&B, and jazz legacy, Chicago’s blues heritage towers over them all. It Ain’t Over (Delmark) showcases exactly why this is, a DVD packed […]

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Caught In A Mosh: October 2009

Caught In A Mosh: October 2009

| September 30, 2009 | 0 Comments

The Seven Wonders Planet Metal can do no wrong. Fifteen months after launching, founder Chris Black (Superchrist, Pharaoh) has yet to put his label’s logo on a bad or even so-so album. Everything is gold. O.K., I haven’t heard PM001, Sentenced‘s “The Glow Of 1000 Suns/ Amok Run” 7-inch, but PM002 through PM007 are scalding. […]

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DVD Zone: October 2009

DVD Zone: October 2009

| September 30, 2009 | 0 Comments

Listen. I’m gonna drop a little knowledge on you. It may seem a bit controversial, perhaps even scandalous, but you need to hear it: Summer is overrated.

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5th Annual Pygmalion Music Fest live!

5th Annual Pygmalion Music Fest live!

| September 23, 2009 | 0 Comments

Various clubs, Champaign-Urbana September 16-19, 2009   Begun in 2005, Pygmalion takes advantage of assets that often remain unrelated:  the University Of Illinois’ 40,000 students; two cities — Champaign & Urbana — located within a three-hour radius of Indianapolis, Chicago, and St. Louis; a thriving local music scene; two prominent record labels, Polyvinyl and Parasol; […]

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Poco preview

Poco preview

| September 23, 2009 | 0 Comments

Cubby Bear, Chicago Friday, September 25, 2009 Despite being a hitching post for a number of big-time ’60s and ’70s rockers and an important torchbearer during country rock’s lean years, few people really know Poco, much less know to seek specific info about the version popping up at Cubby Bear on Friday: Who’s in it?

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Oh My God preview

Oh My God preview

| September 23, 2009 | 0 Comments

Double Door, Chicago Saturday, September 26, 2009 All summer, in anticipation of Oh My God’s The Night Undoes The Work Of The Day (Split Red), I’ve been writing in “File” about the Chicago band’s massive, organ-ish keyboard attack. Well, the album arrived. No organs.

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Soulsavers preview

Soulsavers preview

| September 23, 2009 | 0 Comments

Double Door, Chicago Sunday, September 27, 2009 Despite the weight of his contributions, Soulsavers is not Mark Lanegan. It’s nothing to do with Greg Dulli either, though the English group’s noir-rock feel is a sister sound and thus why Lanegan seems so integral to their music.

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Ellnora Guitar Festival review!

Ellnora Guitar Festival review!

| September 17, 2009 | 0 Comments

Krannert Center For The Performing Arts, Urbana September 10-12, 2009 For its third biennial guitar festival, Krannert Center For the Performing Arts on the University Of Illinois campus has changed the name. The Festival formerly known as “Wall to Wall” is now called “Ellnora: The Guitar Festival.” With that name change came a subtle focus […]

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U2 live!

U2 live!

| September 16, 2009 | 0 Comments

Soldier Field, Chicago Saturday, September 12, 2009 For the longest time, the mega arena rock show was a tired cliche. The symbol of bloated excess reserved for a rock hierarchy that had not only lost touch with the fans, but seemed to see touring as a cash grab. However, with 1991’s Zoo TV tour, U2 […]

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Pet Shop Boys live!

Pet Shop Boys live!

| September 16, 2009 | 0 Comments

Chicago Theatre, Chicago Monday, September 14, 2009 Pet Shop Boys have endured for so long that they’ve seen the electronica era in its original incarnation, persevered through its unfashionable years, and are right back in style now that the scene’s found a steady resurgence. Just ask The Killers, Scissor Sisters, or Fischerspooner who’s inspired the […]

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Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs live!

Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs live!

| September 16, 2009 | 0 Comments

Old Town School Of Folk Music, Chicago Saturday, September 12, 2009 Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs dropped by The Old Town School Of Folk Music for a pair of gigs last Saturday night in support of the two Under The Covers albums they’ve recorded as Sid & Susie, a side-project that features their renditions of […]

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Sondre Lerche preview

Sondre Lerche preview

| September 16, 2009 | 0 Comments

Schubas, Chicago Saturday, September 19, 2009 Despite having a name most Scandinavian metal bands would die for (SON-der LARE-kuh), this diminutive Norwegian has battled to reconcile his lolli-pop with his taste for electric guitar.

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Fool’s Gold preview

Fool’s Gold preview

| September 16, 2009 | 0 Comments

Bottom Lounge, Chicago Sunday, September 20, 2009 Being yacht-deck-dressed white musicians with African beats whipped up quite a backlash for Vampire Weekend last year, but not enough, apparently, to deter Fool’s Gold.

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Death preview

Death preview

| September 16, 2009 | 0 Comments

Empty Bottle, Chicago Saturday, September 26, 2009 If you feel exhausted by a parade of artists who are only now getting their due for either influencing punk or freak folk or electronic music or raga . . . you’re excused. Whether Radio Birdman, Zero Boys, Rocket From The Tombs, or Vashti Bunyan, there’s no shortage […]

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Pharcyde, Souls Of Mischief, Camp Lo, Ugochi live!

Pharcyde, Souls Of Mischief, Camp Lo, Ugochi live!

| September 11, 2009 | 0 Comments

Washington Park, Chicago September 5 – 7, 2009 Forget the ’80s revival. The ’90s were back in full force when an array of 90s alt hip hop groups played the African Festival Of The Arts on Saturday. Pharcyde, Souls Of Mischief, and Camp Lo served up jazzy beats and free-flowing rhymes to eager fans, celebrating […]

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