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Local CD Reviews

Local CD Reviews

| May 30, 2007 | 0 Comments

Led by ex-Caviar lead guitarist Dave Suh, The Assembly offer bright, powerful pop on their sophomore EP, Paranoia Will Destroy Ya. “Never Even True” is the standout cut, but all four tunes (plus a remix) are first-rate, helping cement the group’s growing reputation (recently validated by their selection as a Q101 “Local 101 Band To […]

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Around Hear Page 2

Around Hear Page 2

| May 30, 2007 | 0 Comments

Although technically proficient, Finneus‘ Superstar & The Ballerina may be a bit too testosterone-fueled for some, due in no small part to ’70s/’80s vocal stylings of bassist Dave Bucher. Blues-tinged in some areas and metallic in others, Finneus even incorporates a little ska. Despite this bucket of influences, the end product leaves a rather bland […]

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Around Hear Page 3

Around Hear Page 3

| May 30, 2007 | 0 Comments

Taking bits of free jazz, modern classical, and acid rock, Random Touch truly lives up to its moniker. On its CD/DVD combo, Alchemy, the trio takes an experimental, albeit sleepy, instrumental stab at the icy “Abandon,” the choppy “Bound For Escape,” and dreamy “As Above, So Below.” While not incredibly worthwhile in audio contexts, the […]

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No Respect

No Respect

| May 30, 2007 | 2 Comments

Quickly: Welcome to the first “Caught In A Mosh,” the Illinois Entertainer‘s new monthly heavy music column penned by me, associate editor Trevor Fisher. While you won’t read much about Korn or Godsmack here, I’m not too snobby – underground or mainstream, if worthwhile I’ll talk about it. I never have nor will claim to […]

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Riff Raff

Riff Raff

| May 30, 2007 | 0 Comments

TASCAM MP-GT1 Tascam is finally shipping its MP-GT1 Guitar Trainer it introduced with much fanfare at the Winter NAMM Show. The company calls it “the first MP3 player designed for musicians.”

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Please Mr. Postman

Please Mr. Postman

| May 30, 2007 | 1 Comment

Small, independently owned publications such as No Depression and Punk Planet could face financial ruin if a proposed rate hike goes through July 15th.

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Come Knock On Their Door

Come Knock On Their Door

| May 30, 2007 | 0 Comments

Taking a cue from legendary Sun Studio in Memphis, Chicago’s Handwritten Recording allows artists to come in for as little as 30 minutes to lay down tracks. Open since April, the Belmont storefront studio caters to musicians who find the “normal” studio setting intimidating.

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Carey Bell: 1936-2007

Carey Bell: 1936-2007

| May 30, 2007 | 1 Comment

Blues vocalist and harmonica master Carey Bell died of heart failure on May 6th at Kindred Hospital during a visit to Chicago. He was 70. Bell was one of the last of the classic Chicago blues harp players. Steeped in the traditions of Mississippi and Chicago blues, Bell developed a signature harmonica style characterized by […]

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The Arcade Fire live!

The Arcade Fire live!

| May 23, 2007 | 1 Comment

The Arcade Fire Chicago Theatre, Chicago Friday, May 18, 2007 Toward the end of the first night of a three-night stand, Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler made a rather crafty, self-conscious joke: “Well, we’ll see you tomorrow night!” Part of it was disbelief he could sell-out such a hall for a weekend; the other half […]

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Two Cow Garage live!

Two Cow Garage live!

| May 23, 2007 | 0 Comments

Two Cow Garage The Hideout, Chicago Thursday, May 17, 2007 For the rusted-out, ’85 Camaro of a band they are, Two Cow Garage still packed a brass-knuckled punch at a packed Hideout on Thursday. Micah Schnabel’s perpetually hoarse, steel-wool howl scraped through the layers of guitar while drummer Dustin Harigle pounded the dusty rug of […]

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ALO preview

ALO preview

| May 23, 2007 | 0 Comments

ALO Martyrs’, Chicago Thursday, May 24, 2007 Hanging out with surfer-dude-to-the-extreme Jack Johnson isn’t all fun and games. Or at least that’s the vibe emitting from the new album by ALO, Roses & Clover (Brushfire).

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Joss Stone, Ryan Shaw preview

Joss Stone, Ryan Shaw preview

| May 23, 2007 | 1 Comment

Joss Stone, Ryan Shaw House Of Blues, Chicago Wednesday, May 30, 2007 The story behind the title of British soul singer Joss Stone’s third album, Introducing Joss Stone, is easy enough to understand: “It’s the first album that is truly me,” she says in the album’s press materials.

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Joe reviewed

Joe reviewed

| May 23, 2007 | 0 Comments

Joe Ain’t Nothin’ Like Me (Jive) Chart-topping loverman’s sixth album is a slow jam from start to finish.

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Bone Thugs-N-Harmony reviewed

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony reviewed

| May 23, 2007 | 0 Comments

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Strength And Loyalty (Interscope) Five years and some member subtractions later, the Bone Thugs-N-Harmony comeback goes easy on its title theme.

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Björk live!

Björk live!

| May 16, 2007 | 0 Comments

Björk Auditorium Theatre, Chicago Saturday, May 12, 2007 Björk gets a lot of leeway because of her insatiable musical ambition and thorough reinventions, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t dump a lot of scrap in her fans laps. Saturday at the Auditorium the inconsistencies of her latest album, Volta (Elektra), carried into a set that […]

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