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Archive for January, 2012

Glen Campbell’s farewell!

Glen Campbell’s farewell!

| January 27, 2012 | 0 Comments

When an artist stages a farewell tour, it’s generally just a bluff to sell more tickets and they wind up coming through town for an endless parade of victory laps. (Cher and the Eagles come to mind.) But in the case of Glen Campbell, this really is his last hurrah,

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CBB . . . Bye, BB!

CBB . . . Bye, BB!

| January 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

Would, say, Lollapalooza be more enjoyable if it were scattered over a couple weekends? Obviously, tearing down and rebuilding the stages/leaving Grant Park blocked would be bad. But we like how Chicago Bluegrass & Blues takes a break and restarts.

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Curtis Canino memorial

Curtis Canino memorial

| January 25, 2012 | 0 Comments

There’s a benefit/memorial show for Curtis “2C” Canino on the 28th at Bottom lounge. Canino was in Lygate and Death By Design, and had worked at Exit and other chicago venues. “This past summer, the Chicago music community was shocked and devastated by the senseless murder of Curtis “2C” Canino, a well-loved and respected musician […]

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Camp’d Out

Camp’d Out

| January 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

Sometimes a subtle shift is all a band needs to find rejuvenation. Los Campesinos haven’t pulled a Kid A or even an OK Computer, but they’ve pulled enough to get out of a rut. They’re in town, as are Cheyenne Marie Mize and David Nail.

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All-Star Yawns

All-Star Yawns

| January 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

Converse has been canvassing the land for its new music series, “Rubber Meets The Road,” which follows independent bands on tour. The first episode features local fellows Yawn, who trek to Brooklyn for the shoe manufacturer’s Rubber Tracks recording studio. Click on!

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Abba Mia!

Abba Mia!

| January 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

If it seems like “Mamma Mia!” tours through Chicago almost every year, that’s because it usually does, if only for Abba’s ongoing popularity and its single-stacked soundtrack.

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Bluegrass & Blues!

Bluegrass & Blues!

| January 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

CBGB in New York is a tourist attraction now. Never mind that it became a punk club. Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival might not be a haven for fundamentalists and zealots, but the first night, this Saturday, makes a case for the styles’ futures.

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What to do, what to do . . .

What to do, what to do . . .

| January 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

Golden Globes: over. Mitt Romney: inevitable. Packers: safely packed away (though surely God won’t give Eli a second title, right?). Lana Del Rey: crashed and burned. Guess it’s Man Is Man, Martin Sexton, or Machine Head.

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Classic Spins: John Lennon Collection

Classic Spins: John Lennon Collection

| January 16, 2012 | 1 Comment

The John Lennon canon is now at the tipping point: with the release of the new 38-song Working Class Hero (Capitol) collection, there are now more posthumous album releases by the ex-Beatle than there are actual solo albums he recorded while still alive.

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In case you missed it (we did!)

In case you missed it (we did!)

| January 7, 2012 | 0 Comments

You may have noticed that we skip coverage of some pretty big-time releases each month. Sometimes, that’s because the artists hold on to music until the last second, at which point we’ve already planned the next issue.

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Go local this weekend!

Go local this weekend!

| January 4, 2012 | 0 Comments

Like Slider’s johnson, the list of bands awaiting an “Around Hear” review is long and distinguished. So we’ll do a solid for some pretty fantastic local bills.

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