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Monsters Of Folk preview

Monsters Of Folk preview

| October 28, 2009 | 0 Comments

Auditorium Theatre, Chicago Friday, October 30, 2009 Supergroups have less allure than they used to, because today everyone plays on everyone’s records. In the ’60s and ’70s, many Draconian industry contracts codified label monogamy (at least if you wanted credit); now, comparatively, indie rock and hip-hop are like Playboy-mansion orgies. So what if M. Ward, […]

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Thao With The Get Down Stay Down preview

Thao With The Get Down Stay Down preview

| October 28, 2009 | 0 Comments

Empty Bottle, Chicago Friday, October 30, 2009 Thao Nguyen appears to love obstacles — especially the kind you can stack. Already challenged in the heart department, confronting her are the dreaded sophomore-album slump, having to refresh her melancholic-sunshine milieu, and making a concerted stab at being more mature. Good luck.

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Simian Mobile Disco preview

Simian Mobile Disco preview

| October 28, 2009 | 0 Comments

Metro, Chicago Wednesday, November 4, 2009 Simian Mobile Disco were already dead once, so it’s probably useless to alert them of their suicide mission.

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Two Dethklok/Mastodon reviews!

Two Dethklok/Mastodon reviews!

| October 21, 2009 | 0 Comments

Mastodon/Dethklok/Converge/High On Fire Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. Paul Friday, October 16, 2009 A curious bill of artists mixing an odd hodgepodge of metal styles, a fictional band brought to life, and a psychedelic astral journey set to prog-metal made for an astounding, exhausting night of music.

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The 69 Eyes preview

The 69 Eyes preview

| October 21, 2009 | 0 Comments

Reggie’s, Chicago Saturday, October 24, 2009 Rock ‘n’ roll has come a long way since “The Monster Mash,” incorporating all manner of ghosts and ghouls — even spawning a genre called “heavy metal.” But attempts at ferocity grew proportionately with ridiculousness, which has opened the door for levity via Alice Cooper, Gwar, Rob Zombie, and […]

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David Bazan preview

David Bazan preview

| October 21, 2009 | 0 Comments

Lincoln Hall, Chicago Saturday, October 24, 2009 For years, David Bazan was the bane of Christian rock. Not because of pointed, Christopher Hitchens-styled atheistic attacks or a hyper-commercialized bastardization of their idiom. Bazan, as Pedro The Lion, was the rare God rocker with credibility outside the genre and, to outsiders, the only “good one.”

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Jay Farrar & Benjamin Gibbard reviewed

Jay Farrar & Benjamin Gibbard reviewed

| October 21, 2009 | 0 Comments

One Fast Move Or I’m Gone: Kerouac’s Big Sur (F-Stop/Atlantic) Son Volt’s Jay Farrar and Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard met after being asked to record songs for the Jack Kerouac documentary that shares titles with this album. They then bonded and wrote some more. Appearing: Monday, October 26th at Lincoln Hall in Chicago.

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Tinariwen reviewed

Tinariwen reviewed

| October 21, 2009 | 0 Comments

Imidiwan: Companions (World Village) Tinariwen are exactly the sort of guitar band who you feel could break Joe America’s skittishness toward “world” music, yet stand in their own way. The title of their fourth album translates to “companions,” which suggests an unfortunate, one-world Benetton pretense. If people only stayed to find out what’s meant by […]

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Chromeo contest!

Chromeo contest!

| October 20, 2009

Chromeo are in town on Friday, October 30th at Congress Theatre with Crystal Castles and Boys Noize, and we have a pair of tickets to give away. All you have to do is e-mail us at ed [at] illinoisentertainer.com and see be the first to correctly guess our favorite Chromeo song, and you’re in! Deadline […]

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Maxwell live!

Maxwell live!

| October 14, 2009 | 0 Comments

United Center, Chicago Thursday, October 8, 2009 R&B singers have so many options, it’s at once understandable and frustrating how they get locked into one category and spend a lifetime there. Maxwell, whose Blacksummers’night (Columbia), has some comparing him to Marvin Gaye, used Thursday’s show to push back at the shrinking boundaries.

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Rain Machine preview

Rain Machine preview

| October 14, 2009 | 0 Comments

Double Door, Chicago Saturday, October 17, 2009 TV On The Radio’s Kyp Malone wants to keep a low profile. His solo project carries the Rain Machine pseudonym, his beard obscures his face like one of those zany beekeepers, and the artwork on his debut looks like an Outkast album done up in Crayon.

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Grand Archives preview

Grand Archives preview

| October 14, 2009 | 0 Comments

Schubas, Chicago Saturday, October 17, 2009 A common complaint about The Beatles’ reissues is how poorly protected the CDs are, ready for a new scratch each time they’re removed from the digipack cases. Granted, they aren’t the only band doing this, but Grand Archives have pillowed Keep In Mind Frankenstein (Sub Pop) in a sleeve.

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Elliott Brood preview

Elliott Brood preview

| October 14, 2009 | 0 Comments

Schubas, Chicago Tuesday, October 20, 2009 Mountain Meadows, the second full-length album from Canadian trio Elliott Brood, was inspired by a 19th-century massacre that took place in Utah. Using this bloody and haunting event as their launching point, the band take their “death-country” to a sophisticated level.

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Sleeping At Last reviewed

Sleeping At Last reviewed

| October 14, 2009 | 0 Comments

Storyboards (Asteroid-B) Sleeping At Last will be one of Chicago’s great what-ifs. Handpicked to open one of the first few Zwan gigs and given time to craft a sweeping, Radiohead-style debut, their success only seemed a matter of when.

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Kylie Minogue live!

Kylie Minogue live!

| October 8, 2009 | 0 Comments

UIC Pavilion, Chicago Wednesday, October 7, 2009 Whoever originally booked Kylie Minogue at the Congress Theatre either had no appreciation for her ability to sell out a week’s worth of arenas in the one city overseas or the fact that she’s an underground club hero in America. Granted, the less-educated side of her U.S. audience […]

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