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High-calorie local release parties

High-calorie local release parties

| July 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

Before the heat comes rampaging back, best shoehorn in some hometown record-release concerts before you sweat out more of your brains. Panoramic & True and Xoe Wise have some fine albums to sell.

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Nicki Minaj live!

Nicki Minaj live!

| July 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

Though her public persona and her voice in her music suggests a frenetic cartoon character, the Nicki Minaj who performed Monday night at the Chicago Theatre often brought out another side of the MC.

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Bicycle race!

Bicycle race!

| July 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

I don’t want to be the president of America, John Wayne, Star Wars . . . Queen’s “Bicycle Race” is a bit like “We Didn’t Start The Fire” as far as ease of remembering goes, innit? New Belgium’s Tour De Fat goes down much easier this weekend. As do White Magic, 10 Years, and a […]

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Pitchfork 2012 Day 1 photos

Pitchfork 2012 Day 1 photos

| July 18, 2012 | 1 Comment

Are you in any of these? Olivia Tremor Control, Willis Earl Beal, A$AP Rocky, Japandroids, Big K.R.I.T., Dirty Projectors, Feist are.

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Pitchfork 2012 Day 2 photos

Pitchfork 2012 Day 2 photos

| July 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

Maybe you’re in this one. Definitely you’ll see Cloud Nothings, Atlas Sound, Liturgy, Wild Flag, and Sleigh Bells.

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Pitchfork 2012 Day 3 photos

Pitchfork 2012 Day 3 photos

| July 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

Are you in this one? Nope. This one? Nope. Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Milk Music, Iceage, Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, Beach House, and Vampire Weekend are, though.

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Pitchfork recap!

Pitchfork recap!

| July 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

“Hipsters/Unite/Come align for the big fight to rock.” Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins wrote that line back in 1991 as a slag to those in the music scene who took a more “indie than thou” attitude toward his music. Well, today it would perfectly apply to those attending the Pitchfork Music Festival.

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Kevin Costner & Modern West live!

Kevin Costner & Modern West live!

| July 16, 2012 | 2 Comments

Everyone has a “B” side. From the pitcher whose’s curve doesn’t anymore, to the rapper who felt he could act. It could be a side gig or finding a long lost passion. Maybe it’s life’s Act 2? Kevin Costner, yeah the actor’s “B” side is the frontman for the country band Modern West.

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Wouldn’t it be nice

Wouldn’t it be nice

| July 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

Sitting here, watching the clouds thicken and thinking of the poor Pitchforkers, one thinks — drought all summer, and rain today? It gets better, right? Kind of. You’ll be able to see A Place To Bury Strangers and Hollows indoors next week — when it will be ungodly tropical inside and out.

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Wilco at the ballpark!

Wilco at the ballpark!

| July 11, 2012 | 0 Comments

Sunday, July 8th was the Geneva convention for Wilco fans, who flocked to Fifth Third Ballpark to watch their heroes with Andrew Bird and The Congregation.

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Squeeze & The B-52’s photos!

Squeeze & The B-52’s photos!

| July 11, 2012 | 0 Comments

Squeeze’s return to America landed on Charter One Pavilion for July 6th, and The B-52’s colorfully opened.

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Metro art gallery!

Metro art gallery!

| July 11, 2012 | 0 Comments

Dubbed “Metrospective,” the Metro has curated its own art, posters, and photo exhibit to celebrate the club’s 30th anniversary. It opens July 12th, and extends through August 10th at the Inland Steel Building in the Loop.

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Neil Diamond live shots!

Neil Diamond live shots!

| July 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

They were coming to the United Center (via Chicago and America) on the 6th, where Neil Diamond cut a solitary figure.

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Iron Maiden live shots!

Iron Maiden live shots!

| July 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

We hurtled down to Tinley Park to catch Iron Maiden and Alice Cooper at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre on July 5th. Click on!

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