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Cover Story: Urge Overkill

Cover Story: Urge Overkill

submURGEd Irony died for a short time after the September 11th attacks, but instead of retro-blossoming into widespread sincerity, we now live in an age of open mockery free from metaphorical disguise. Lady Gaga, Kanye West, and Charlie Sheen walk the media landscape rebelling not without a cause, but against the old order: lampooning the […]

Interview: Adele

Interview: Adele

Target On Her Back As of this writing, 21 — the sophomore set from bluesy British belter Adele — has just gone platinum, and is currently sitting pretty at the pinnacle of Billboard’s album chart.

Interview: The Airborne Toxic Event

Interview: The Airborne Toxic Event

Once In A Lifetime Mikel Jollett is a little stunned, frankly. He and Airborne Toxic Event have just exited the stage of King’s College in London, where they were playing an intense set devoted to the songs they will release commercially in less than a week. What better time to discuss it all with a […]

Interview: Cake

Interview: Cake

On With The Showroom Sometimes taking time off between albums is the perfect recipe for a creative rebirth and commercial resurgence. Such was the case for Cake, who may have scored a string of eclectic singles from 1994 to 2004 (“Rock ‘N’ Roll Lifestyle,” “The Distance,” “Never There,” “Short Skirt/Long Jacket,” “No Phone”),

May days! May days!

May days! May days!

Naturally we want you to read all about the new issue, but, most of our featured artists play Chicago later in the month. The first seven days of May, however, are packed with great shows. Click on to find out more.

File: May 2011

File: May 2011

O Come, O Come Emanuel On the 16th, Chicago will inaugurate its first new mayor in 22 years. Despite the inevitable letdown breathed by every new administration that has ever taken office anywhere, Chicago’s music community seems cautiously optimistic

Hello, My Name Is J.P.

Hello, My Name Is J.P.

Q&A with Surfer Blood’s J.P. Pitts IE: Describe the EP: stuff you’re playing live, a tip of the cap to Kanine Records before diving into Warner Bros.? J.P. Pitts: A little bit of everything. We did want to release something to bridge the first record

Around Hear: May 2011

Around Hear: May 2011

Local Band Reviews King Sparrow‘s fusion of bluesy garage-rock and spastic, new-wave punk will undoubtedly draw favorable comparisons to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, as its self-titled, full-length debut

Caught In A Mosh: May 2011

Caught In A Mosh: May 2011

We’re Gonna Need More Power Alehorn Of Power is back. Promoter Greg Spalding took last year off for a number of reasons, including the hectic schedule of his own band, Bible Of The Devil. He admits, though, much of Alehorn’s 2010 shelving was the fact a solid start-to-finish lineup never materialized. “I am a fan […]

Digital Divide: May 2011

Digital Divide: May 2011

The Green Hornet Sony Pictures The Green Hornet has always been sort of the red headed stepchild of the hero world. Beginning as a radio serial in 1936, the Hornet was created to capitalize on the popularity of The Lone Ranger.

Gear: May 2011

Gear: May 2011

ChicBuds RockBoom Keychain Speaker ChicBuds made its name selling earbuds for girls in 2006, and though the female demographic is their target audience, they’ve finally found a speaker with the ball(s) to appeal to their male audience.

Media: May 2011

Media: May 2011

In Praise Of Slow Journalism Print is not dead. For all the wily charms of the digital world with its tweets, feeds, blogs, and apps, there is still nothing like the pleasure created by ink on paper.”

Studiophile: May 2011

Studiophile: May 2011

Another Kind Of Monster Heart-Set Self Distruct recorded the follow-up their 2007 debut, Victims Like Me, with producer Dan Malsch (Framing Hanley, Tantric) at the Sound-mine Recording Studio in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. During the summer and fall of 2010,

Sweet Home: May 2011

Sweet Home: May 2011

A Century At The Crossroads May 8th marks an extremely significant event in blues history. The date commemorates the 100th birthday of Robert Johnson, King Of The Delta Blues and Father Of Modern Rock. Although he lived a brief life and recorded only 29 songs, his legacy stretches way beyond his era and genre.

Now go get your shine box!

Now go get your shine box!

Shoeshine Boys Productions celebrates its 11th anniversary with a party at Double Door, but before it gets a big head we also have preview Femi Kuti, and El Ten Eleven.

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