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New York is for losers

New York is for losers

| October 20, 2011 | 0 Comments

The CMJ Music Marathon runs this weekend in Manhattan and Brooklyn. It’s more dignified than South By Southwest, but still an unforgiving task to distinguish a cadre of hipster acts who all sound the same. Chicago? We have Amon Tobin, The Bo-Keys, The Sounds, Phantogram, Juicehead, The Misfits, Exitmusic, and a benefit at Unity Church.

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Everyday Is Halloween: October 20th

Everyday Is Halloween: October 20th

| October 20, 2011 | 0 Comments

I don’t wanna grow up, I’m an Australian kid!

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Alien lanes

Alien lanes

| October 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

Digging up the past never seems to go well in life, but in music it’s lucrative. Mostly. Some artists manage to get snagged on invisible tastemaker defenses that arbitrary decide who get plaudits, and who don’t. This weekend stars Cymbals Eat Guitars, Vagabond Opera, Big Tree, and Cory Hart.

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Nocturna: transmissions

Nocturna: transmissions

| October 19, 2011 | 3 Comments

In our October 18th edition of Everyday Is Halloween, we turn to one of the longest running spooky music traditions in Chicago — year ’round.

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Riching the Rob

Riching the Rob

| October 18, 2011 | 0 Comments

Between the Davieses and Gallaghers, rock ‘n’ roll’s brawling brothers were the Robinsons. As the Black Crowes matured, however, the sideshow abated, giving each enough strength to concentrate on exceptional solo projects as well. (Also this week: Uh Huh Her and pinball!)

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More Halloween than a Halloween

More Halloween than a Halloween

| October 18, 2011 | 0 Comments

No one has embraced Halloween and horror’s cliches like this man, yet turned them into something so idiosyncratic and identifiable.

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Portishead live!

Portishead live!

| October 17, 2011 | 0 Comments

Portishead‘s first Chicago show in well over a decade was often magnetic without an excess of on-stage motion. This British group, which stood at the forefront of the trip-hop/down-tempo ascension in the early ’90s, played it cool and composed while revisiting its three-album catalog on October 12th.

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Haynes’ underwear

Haynes’ underwear

| October 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

It’s something for everyone as real October weather unfolds. This Monday and Tuesday feature Warren Haynes, Masters Of The Hemisphere, Firewind, and Wale.

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It’s only (the) 17th! (Seventeenth!)

It’s only (the) 17th! (Seventeenth!)

| October 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

It might be mid-month, but it’s old enough for me! Today’s entrant into the Everyday Is Halloween sweepstakes needs no introduction. We’ll trust you to look at the picture.

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Seventeen more to scrape a costume together

Seventeen more to scrape a costume together

| October 14, 2011 | 1 Comment

As promised, another weekend brings three more entries of our Everyday Is Halloween series: East German Olympians, Chuck Schuldiner, and corpsepainters!

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Everyday Is Halloween: October 13th

Everyday Is Halloween: October 13th

| October 13, 2011 | 0 Comments

Three men, one band: 31! That’s not all that relates Alkaline Trio to Halloween. They’re from Chicago, and Chicago invented it!

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Dierks Bentley live!

Dierks Bentley live!

| October 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

Dierks Bentley rolled into Chicago Sunday, led by Illinois State Troopers and followed by more than 300 bikers.

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Bryan Ferry live!

Bryan Ferry live!

| October 12, 2011 | 2 Comments

As the singer of Roxy Music, Bryan Ferry’s already earned seminal status in the glam, art-rock and new-wave worlds, though he continues to make sophisticated strides in his solo career. Touring behind his first non-covers collection in eight years, Olympia (Virgin), marks a suave and soulful evolution for the veteran, who through two hours, spellbinded […]

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Think about the Future . . .

Think about the Future . . .

| October 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

Horrorcore rappers Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All — horrorcore, horrorcore, horrorcore, horrorcore! — have become one of the most fiercely debated, if not exactly listened to, artists since Eminem. And they’re in town Friday, as are New Duncan Imperials’ for their farewell, Primus, Light FM, Double Dagger, and the Biophilac musical.

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Everyday Is Halloween: October 12th

Everyday Is Halloween: October 12th

| October 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

It would be as garishly sinful if Cher’s legacy were somehow tied to the media circus surrounding her child on “Dancing With The Stars.”

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