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The Walkmen step into town

The Walkmen step into town

| October 11, 2010 | 0 Comments

Having still not “gotten” the rabid praise and following The Walkmen’s 2008 release You & Me garnered, one listener feels it only fair to try again with the band’s latest and already similarly accoladed Lisbon

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Guided By Voices preview

Guided By Voices preview

| October 11, 2010 | 0 Comments

  As reunion tours go, the “classic” line-up of Guided By Voices is probably pretty low on the Richter scale, but judging by the number of sold out dates for this indie stalwart, it seems that the band is more popular now than even at its height of popularity in the mid-‘90s.

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Boys With The Filthy Laugh

Boys With The Filthy Laugh

| October 9, 2010 | 0 Comments

In antiquity, Helen had the face that launched a thousand ships. In 1996, Belle & Sebastian were the band that wet a thousand beds.

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Lend a hand to Heartland

Lend a hand to Heartland

| October 8, 2010 | 0 Comments

Heartland Cafe, the nearly 50-year-old Rogers Park institution, is on the brink of financial collapse. Click here to learn how you can help.

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A little bit o’ country, but it’s really rock ‘n’ roll

A little bit o’ country, but it’s really rock ‘n’ roll

| October 8, 2010 | 1 Comment

Country Music Festival 2010: While we won’t completely side with Robbie Fulks’ assessment of “soft-rock, feminist crap,” country music isn’t in such a state that it deserves to be feted in a town to which it has few connections.

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Farm Aid 2010

Farm Aid 2010

| October 6, 2010 | 0 Comments

The 25th annual Farm Aid took over Milwaukee’s Miller Park Saturday for an 11-hour beer, cheese, and music fest. We sent photographer Brian Ormiston to investigate.

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Cover Story: John Legend & The Roots

Cover Story: John Legend & The Roots

| October 1, 2010 | 0 Comments

There’s Still A Riot Goin’ On In politics, as in music, timing is everything. In 2000, reborn George W. Bush rode the religious right’s disgust with the Clintons into the White House, just as Barack Obama’s galvanizing ’04 DNC address rekindled idealism when America had grown tired of sucking down fear. In contrast, the roads […]

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Jimmy Eat World interview

Jimmy Eat World interview

| October 1, 2010 | 0 Comments

Searching For A Former Clarity Midway through Jimmy Eat World’s seventh studio effort, Invented (Interscope), the album presents its immediate and undeniable pop apex in “Coffee And Cigarettes.” The song finds the band at its power-pop: finest all huge harmonized hooks and crunching riffs buzzing just under frontman Jim Adkins’ honey-laden, eternally boyish vocals.

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Mumford & Sons interview

Mumford & Sons interview

| October 1, 2010 | 1 Comment

India ‘N America Sure, there are shiny new electric toys that can make a rock band sound like a million bucks. But for the rustic-minded Marcus Mumford – and his folksy four-piece Mumford & Sons – the older and dustier the musical instrument, the better. “I just bought a hundred-year-old harmonium,” the 23-year-old enthuses. “And […]

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Eric Mantel Interview

Eric Mantel Interview

| October 1, 2010 | 0 Comments

Coming Unstuck Anyone in town who ever spent a split second in a blues bar or rock club from the 1970s through today has likely run into Chicago-based guitar slinger Eric Mantel.

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File: October 2010

File: October 2010

| October 1, 2010 | 0 Comments

Dave Matthews Bang! When you dump a truckload of shit in the Chicago River, you answer to Samir! Clark Street belched a bummed-out “No way!” late last month when the FBI foiled a plot to kill Dave Matthews Band fans after the September 18th Wrigley Field show.

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Hello, My Name Is Kevin

Hello, My Name Is Kevin

| October 1, 2010 | 0 Comments

Q&A with Kevin Chalfant IE: You’ve been in a ton of bands over the years. Could you give us the official lineage?   Kevin Chalfant: Well I started in Illinois in the late 1970s, went to California in the ’80s through mid-’90s and them came back to Illinois. In Illinois, one group was called The […]

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Around Hear: October 2010

Around Hear: October 2010

| October 1, 2010 | 0 Comments

Local Band Reviews Algernon‘s intentions of blending hippie grooves with kraut rock, art punk, and avant-garde jazz are certainly admirable, but the results throughout the entirely instrumental Ghost Surveillance are scattered at best.

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Digital Divide: October 2010

Digital Divide: October 2010

| October 1, 2010 | 0 Comments

Iron Man 2 Warner Bros. Iron Man may possibly be one of the best comic-book movies ever made, and its critical and financial success meant that the sequel was as inevitable as the sun rising in the east or Lindsay Lohan doing something stupid.

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Caught In A Mosh: October 2010

Caught In A Mosh: October 2010

| October 1, 2010 | 0 Comments

With The Lights Out Aaron Aites and Audrey Ewell love black metal. More accurately, Aaron Aites and Audrey Ewell are obsessed with black metal. The couple spent significant time at Aquarius Records in San Francisco where friend and co-owner Andee Connors recognized the couple’s bias toward lo-fi music and suggested they check out black metal.

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