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Switchfoot live!

Switchfoot live!

| May 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

North Central College’s barely-3-year-old venue simply named the Recreation Center/Residence Hall (picture a really big high-school gym) hosted its first concert ever on Sunday night, when San Diego’s Switchfoot came to Naperville.

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Connventional war

Connventional war

| May 23, 2012 | 0 Comments

If Bobby Conn were as big as Oprah, the national association of mac-and-cheese producers would be lining up to fight him. His home release show is Friday, as are the first TopGolf “Let’s Play” party, ALO, and Haley Reinhart’s post-“Idol” blitz.

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Post script

Post script

| May 22, 2012 | 0 Comments

That schoolchildren aren’t mandated to learn cursive has the irrational class believing that the art of letter-writing will disappear with it. Keeping faint hopes alive, PS I Love You are in town, as are Shovels & Rope.

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The Beach Boys live!

The Beach Boys live!

| May 22, 2012 | 2 Comments

So many incarnations of The Beach Boys have hit the road over the years, that it’s often tricky to keep track of who’s in the band. But considering 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of summer’s supreme act,

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Polyphonic Spree live!

Polyphonic Spree live!

| May 21, 2012 | 0 Comments

Sic The Polyphonic Spree on those rambunctious NATO protestors and the need for a mile-long line of police officers outfitted in riot gear would disappear. One look at Tim DeLaughter and his band of merry pranksters would either send the chanting mass exercising their First Amendment rights running off in fear or persuade them to […]

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NATO! Run!

NATO! Run!

| May 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

Gridlock downtown! Restrictions on commuter trains! Riot gear! (Thanks to considerate Loop employers, less traffic on Foster this morning.) Only Jennifer Herrema, ex-Royal Trux, would do a show this weekend! Ane Brun waits a day or two.

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Down in the country

Down in the country

| May 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

As with any genre, many aren’t shy about their opinions of what country music should be. Admittedly, we’re glad it’s not all about heartache and crops drying up and tears in beer: Jason Boland & The Stragglers, however, like to keep things serious. Also in town: Rocky Votolato and Here We Go Magic.

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Eric Church live!

Eric Church live!

| May 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

When Eric Church, sporting his trademark sunglasses finally evolved onto the stage at 9:32 on Friday night, engoulphed in a thick cloud of smoke, there was a feeling of the unknown.

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The little ‘o’

The little ‘o’

| May 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

Anime had its Big O; well-traveled singer/songwriters look to Alejandro Escovedo and Damien Jurado. That, and more tenuously tangential links in our roundup for the 16th, also including Hope For Agoldensummer, The Royalty, and We Are Serenades.

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Right now!

Right now!

| May 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

You have a big weekend: after Maps & Atlases finish their hometown release party at Metro, wake up, brush teeth, and get in line to be first for The Right Now’s. Also: Sheffield’s Water For Ale, Father John Misty, Chicha Libre, and Royal Canoe.

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Chuck wagon’d

Chuck wagon’d

| May 6, 2012 | 0 Comments

No one really addresses it, but one of the hallmarks of post-millennial hip-hop has been very punk rock: you don’t need a good voice to make an impact. Danny Brown epitomizes this and is in town this week, along with Ty Segall, Stryper, Maps & Atlases, and Plants And Animals

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Geoff Tate – Acoustic – Half Price Tickets At Mayne Stage

Geoff Tate – Acoustic – Half Price Tickets At Mayne Stage

| May 3, 2012 | 0 Comments

Geoff Tate, Queensryche frontman “and friends” will perform an all-acoustic set at Mayne Stage tomorrow (Saturday 5/5). Tate will be performing acoustic renditions of songs from his solo album as well as some of his favorite Queensryche songs. Mayne Stage is offering ½ price tickets ($15) today from 10am-10pm with code word INSANIA for Queensryche’s […]

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Cover Story: The Beach Boys

Cover Story: The Beach Boys

| May 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

Many casual rock fans get stuck on this poser: name the band who were greatly influenced by both Bob Dylan and The Beatles, and in turn had major influence on Bob Dylan and The Beatles. The answer is The Byrds. Similarly, another ’60s-born Southern California-based outfit led several lives

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Interview: Brian Wilson

Interview: Brian Wilson

| May 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

IE: Are there any that you’re more excited to approach than others? Brian Wilson: Not really. Well, “California Girls” I look forward to, and “Good Vibrations.” I look forward to those.

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Interview: Mayer Hawthorne

Interview: Mayer Hawthorne

| May 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

Superman had his Fortress Of Solitude; Mayer Hawthorne has his records and the stores scattered around the globe devoted to housing rare and overlooked vinyl.

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