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For your benefit

For your benefit

| August 18, 2011 | 1 Comment

Another block of weekend shows features two illness benefits, the rebirth of Q101, Shayna & The Catch, and Radiation City.

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Lovett every minute of it

Lovett every minute of it

| August 17, 2011 | 0 Comments

Leave it to Lyle Lovett to leave a tribute album to a fellow Texan sounding like an entirely different Texan — the Rick Perry effect? It’s all part of your unpredictable weekend including Tim Kasher, Nikka Costa, Elzhi, and Natalia Kills.

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Taylor Swift pics online

Taylor Swift pics online

| August 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

Head to our photo site for a full gallery of Taylor Swift pics by Curt Baran at Allstate Arena last week!

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Woodstock started today . . .

Woodstock started today . . .

| August 15, 2011 | 0 Comments

. . . and The Spirit Of Peace And Music Festival begins this weekend in Freeport, just west of Rockford. Also this week, donate some coin for the damaged Garfield Park Conservatory, see George Thorogood revisit Chess Records, and Incubus commit career suicide. The inaugural Spirit party launches Friday and lasts all weekend, during which […]

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Steely Dan live!

Steely Dan live!

| August 15, 2011 | 1 Comment

The idea of centering a tour around a classic album is nothing new, but it’s a concept that always seems to attract both the radio browsers banking on the hits and more studied aficionados craving deep cuts. Few have perfected the formula better than Steely Dan, who first tested it out in 2009 during multiple […]

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Kids These Days, Gold Motel, + Maps & Atlases backstage @Palooza

Kids These Days, Gold Motel, + Maps & Atlases backstage @Palooza

| August 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

To call Kids These Days sudden upstarts on the scene would be an understatement. The group began turning heads earlier this year on high profile blog-curated bills at SXSW, and have been making moves ever since. IE caught up with the group’s Liam Cunningham, Vic Mensa, Nico Segal, and Macie Stewart backstage at Lollapalooza to […]

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Your mud-free weekend

Your mud-free weekend

| August 11, 2011 | 0 Comments

This weekend isn’t entirely without festivals, but regular shows are trickling in as Lollapalooza peels itself off our front lawn. Digitalism, Dntel, Disney’s Selena Gomez, Lil Wayne, and more will be stumbling through a patch of days that ends with a Bret Michaels marathon.

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Pretty Reckless backstage @Palooza

Pretty Reckless backstage @Palooza

| August 10, 2011 | 0 Comments

As an actress, Taylor Momsen could have remained involved in high visibility projects like “Gossip Girl,” where she played the character Jenny Humphrey. Instead, Momsen opted to pursue a music career as frontwoman of The Pretty Reckless, an act aiming for a polished, Celebrity Skin-era Hole approach.

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Of a Revolution

Of a Revolution

| August 10, 2011 | 0 Comments

There’s nothing wrong with another festival, so long as you have a point to it. Entrepreneurial Chicago-based/focused band manager Shawn Kellner wants to start a Local Music Revolution this weekend at Metro, and so he shall have one.

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Get what you came for.

Get what you came for.

| August 10, 2011 | 1 Comment

The problem with salad-bar festivals like Lollapalooza is you always overload your plate and can never be sure what was good under all the dressing. The Ettes, Mia LeBlon, and Totimoshi provide simple, a la carte entrées. It’s easy to imagine what cubby hole The Ettes would tidily fit if it weren’t for the sixth […]

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Deftones backstage interview @Palooza!

Deftones backstage interview @Palooza!

| August 9, 2011 | 0 Comments

Following a serious car accident in late 2008, Deftones bassist Chi Cheng entered a coma, with his current condition described as “minimally conscious.” In the aftermath of Cheng’s tragedy, longtime friend of the band and previous musical collaborator Sergio Vega, formally of Quicksand

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Sade live!

Sade live!

| August 9, 2011 | 1 Comment

Ten years is a lifetime to wait for new music in this age of instant-gratification media like iTunes, YouTube, and Facebook. With maximum and constant exposure as the mantra for most artists, a musician who dares to ignore this doesn’t stand much of a chance. Unless of course, you are Sade.

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Lollapalooza Day 3

Lollapalooza Day 3

| August 8, 2011 | 0 Comments

Local natives Gold Motel get Day 3 moving at the north end of Grant Park. Their innocuous brand of pretty pop music is proof that Lolla 2.0 isn’t about being on the cutting edge.

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Lollapalooza Day 2

Lollapalooza Day 2

| August 8, 2011 | 0 Comments

Face paint alert! Walk The Moon are rockin’ the Dayglo makeup and it would appear plenty of those already planted in front of the Music Unlimited stage got the memo. The boys are churning out buoyant pop music for the crowd of believers who are getting an early start on Day 2.

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Lollapalooza recap: Day one

Lollapalooza recap: Day one

| August 8, 2011 | 1 Comment

It’s was 20 years ago today, Perry Farrell told the bands to play. O.K., maybe not to the day, but two decades ago the Jane’s Addiction lead singer took a concept already popular in Europe and gave it his own alterna-twist. Huge music festivals like Reading and Glastonbury always bring in huge crowds on the […]

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