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File: July 2012

File: July 2012

| June 28, 2012 | 1 Comment

Ferris Bueller fans are all a-hoot, because the Hawley-Smoot Act Of 1930 has taken ahold of Congress, and our esteemed representatives debate the merits of tariffs on imported shoes. The music world, as ever, enters the argument with the return

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Hello, My Name Is Gina

Hello, My Name Is Gina

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

IE: How well do you guys know each other? Gina Bloom: I was playing drums for a band, and three of the others were in an alt-country band. We happened to be playing the same gig, they saw me sing during soundcheck, and approached me to put this band together after the show.

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Cover Story: Summer Festivals

Cover Story: Summer Festivals

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

Avicii, Taking Back Sunday, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, The Afghan Whigs, Cloud Nothings, and A Lull give us a peak into Lollapalooza, Warped, Brothers Of The Sun, and Pitchfork.

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Interview: Michael Kiwanuka

Interview: Michael Kiwanuka

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

Michael Kiwanuka‘s heart remains unharmed by some pretty little thing. If the soulful British singer ever experienced the devastating blow of rejection, or worse, indifference at the neatly manicured hands of a foxy coed, his full-length debut,

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Interview: Garbage

Interview: Garbage

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

In retrospect, it was an ideal thing for her to do, chuckles Scottish chanteuse Shirley Manson with obvious delight – “morphing out of a urinal and killing a guy who had underestimated me. It was really subversive and really dangerous, and I loved it!”

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Around Hear: July 2012

Around Hear: July 2012

| June 28, 2012 | 1 Comment

On Andrew D. Huber‘s third solo release, Days Amidst The Dust, his acoustic folk rock with a Celtic twist is highly infectious. The 13 tracks are well-crafted, emotional, and memorable. His thought-engaging lyrics and heartfelt melodies

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Caught In A Mosh: July 2012

Caught In A Mosh: July 2012

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

Five years ago on the day Nachtmystium signed its original North American publishing deal with Century Media, vocalist/guitarist Blake Judd planned his final escape from black metal. At his then home in suburban St. Charles, the frontman

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Gear: July 2012

Gear: July 2012

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

G&L’s Korina Collection concept all started “as a dare” of sorts as the company’s R&D team looked for a collector’s version of the ASAT Classic Bluesboy. Appealing to player styles as diverse as “hip-hop to alternative to

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Digital Divide: July 2012

Digital Divide: July 2012

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

It’s generally accepted that The Beatles were one of, if not the most creative and innovative musical forces of our lifetimes. What they accomplished in a mere eight years is beyond impressive – it’s staggering. But beyond

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Media: July 2012

Media: July 2012

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

Former “Local 101” producer Jaime Black just landed a gig in front of the cameras at “JBTV.”

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Studiophile: July 2012

Studiophile: July 2012

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

Thomas Pace will release his fifth solo album, Shaking Faith, on Saturday, July 7th at Martyrs’ in Chicago. This is the seventh album recorded with Pace at Uptown Recording with Matt Denny (owner and engineer).

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Sweet Home: July 2012

Sweet Home: July 2012

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

The Chicago Blues Fest has been restored. For the last five or six years, the fest didn’t do the greatest job of spreading the blues spirit. Weak lineups, uninspired themes, and budget cutbacks all conspired to make the world’s largest free blues festival not so exciting. But 2012 wiped all of that away.

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Festival Of Life preview

Festival Of Life preview

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

Classic reggae fans will have much to rejoice about at 2012’s African Caribbean International Festival of Life in Washington Park. This annual reggae and culture celebration typically supplies one or two really big headliners for the five-day fest

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Sugar: Honey, honey

Sugar: Honey, honey

| June 27, 2012 | 0 Comments

The Hives were scrappy young punk revivalists when they debuted stateside, so what could they possibly be up to now? They’re in town as the days start getting shorter, as are Earthen Grave, Paul Thorn (and American Music Fest), Country Throwdown, and Santana.

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River’s Edge Fest, MN, reviewed!

River’s Edge Fest, MN, reviewed!

| June 27, 2012 | 0 Comments

Having attended three of the first four Lollapalooza tours in the early ‘90s on St. Paul’s Harriet Island, and watching from afar the rebirth of the franchise take over Grant Park more than a decade later,

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