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Celebrate the gift of giving to yourself

Celebrate the gift of giving to yourself

| December 15, 2011 | 0 Comments

This is the last weekend to shop for Christmas gifts. Wouldn’t you rather spend it at a concert? Try Foreign Exchange/ex-Little Brother rhymer Phonte, The Sea And Cake, or localboys I Fight Dragons!

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Wilco live!

Wilco live!

| December 13, 2011 | 0 Comments

For the first half hour, Jeff Tweedy hardly spoke to the audience. For a homecoming gig, that’s an interesting choice, one that didn’t hinder Wilco‘s kick-off of their five-night Chicago residency a bit.

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Hodges of podges

Hodges of podges

| December 13, 2011 | 0 Comments

Next month’s issue will focus on the genesis of music labels, and how Chicago reflects current trends. There’s nothing binding the artists in this concert preview. Josh Caterer, Himalayan Bear, and Futurebirds have little in common. Unless we tie them. Ladies and germs: hodgepodge rock!

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Bon Iver pics!

Bon Iver pics!

| December 13, 2011 | 0 Comments

Visit our photo page for a complete gallery of Bon Iver at UIC Pavilion on December 9th!

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Tori Amos live!

Tori Amos live!

| December 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

For the length of her career, the saga of Tori Amos has, at its most basic, come down to the story of a woman and her piano. Certainly, there’s much more at play there, what with all the mystical lyrical imagery, fearless revelations, heady concept albums, and endless personas.

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YP, UP, we all P for YP

YP, UP, we all P for YP

| December 9, 2011 | 0 Comments

Maybe Chicago hip-hop’s always had this much talent, but is just now getting itself heard. YP is the latest to drop a stunning mixtape this year; also in town are Tribes, We Barbarians, and Lindi Ortega.

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Kanye West & Jay-Z live!

Kanye West & Jay-Z live!

| December 6, 2011 | 0 Comments

Let’s get this out of the way upfront. Yes, Kanye West and Jay-Z played “N***** In Paris” eight times this past Wednesday at the United Center, the first of the duo’s two-night run at the venue. Yes, it was a bit like one of those “Family Guy” gags that go on so long it stops […]

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Rocket, yea-uh!

Rocket, yea-uh!

| December 6, 2011 | 0 Comments

When Def Leppard referenced all their favorite music in “Rocket,” they left out a pivotal band from the ’70s that few people ever heard. Rocket From The Tombs come to town this weeks, touting their debut album. Also around: Felix Culpa’s farewell show, Pterodactyl, Miguel, and Young Buffalo.

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Cover story: Foster The People

Cover story: Foster The People

| December 1, 2011 | 3 Comments

It might not go down as the most unforgettable song of the year. But Mark Foster‘s #1 smash with his punky fizz-pop trio Foster The People, “Pumped Up Kicks,” certainly provided the soundtrack to the summer of 2011, thanks to its infectious blend of handclap percussion, bubbly bass, vocodered verses, and a sugary – but […]

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Interview: As I Lay Dying

Interview: As I Lay Dying

| December 1, 2011 | 1 Comment

You’re grinding through a grueling tour and your long-anticipated day off finally arrives. How would you like to spend your time? How about hammering out answers for interview questions?

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Interview: Ian Schneller & Andrew Bird

Interview: Ian Schneller & Andrew Bird

| December 1, 2011 | 1 Comment

Modern-art museums scare people. Maybe it’s a conservative hatred of the NEA and controversial exhibits, or a preemptive exhaustion for an afternoon to be spent doubting, That‘s art? Getting in the door is the hardest part.

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IE Gift Guide 2011

IE Gift Guide 2011

| December 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

Don’t go the top-40 route or an Amazon recommendation on a passe indie-rock band. Give the music lover who has nothing or everything an item to really chew on this season. It might cost ya, but the following boxsets will occupy them for years.

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Hello, My Name Is J

Hello, My Name Is J

| December 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

IE: We were intrigued by the local connection to The Office Of Future Plans. J Robbins: [Laughs.] It’s Jeff Dean‘s fault that we’re a band. Dean is hard to say no to. His enthusiasm in this case was relentless.

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Around Hear: December 2011

Around Hear: December 2011

| December 1, 2011 | 1 Comment

Downers Grove-based Rollo Time, brainchild of singer/songwriter Jon Raleigh, carry on a tradition of smart Chicago power-pop blueprinted by bands like Material Issue and Green. Rollo Time occasionally tosses in more interesting elements of harder-rocking, obscure Brit-pop bands like The Boo Radleys and Thurman on Victims Of The Crown,

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Caught In A Mosh: December 2012

Caught In A Mosh: December 2012

| December 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

Trevor Fisher’s taking the month off, so, in his tradition of picking greatest-hits bits of his column, the IE staff has selected its “Caught In A Mosh” favorites since its 2007 debut. Punctuating the chronology are his top-5 records from each year, which will then be capped by his best-of-’11 next month.

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