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Jermaine Dupri compiled

Jermaine Dupri compiled

| November 21, 2007 | 0 Comments

Jermaine Dupri Y’All Know What This Is . . . The Hits (Island/Def Jam) Jermaine Dupri deserves acclaim because he has been a notable producer for 15 years. But if this 10-song collection were to be exhibit A, it’d imply nothing Dupri has done is classic.

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Avenged Sevenfold live!

Avenged Sevenfold live!

| November 14, 2007 | 2 Comments

Avenged Sevenfold Congress Theatre, Chicago Thursday, November 8, 2007 If it weren’t for Avenged Sevenfold actually being onstage performing Thursday night, the swarm of peppy, teenage girls and their have-you-seen-the-weight-room boyfriends could make you forget you were at a heavy metal show. Click here for the Avenged Sevenfold photo gallery!

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Mike Doughty live!

Mike Doughty live!

| November 14, 2007 | 0 Comments

Mike Doughty Schubas, Chicago Thursday, November 8th, 2007 If you expect to captivate a capacity crowd for more than two-and-a-half hours with nothing but a friend and an acoustic guitar, you’d better have either a whole lotta talent or a whole lotta personality. Fortunately for Mike Doughty, he has a whole lotta both.

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Rock N Rhymes preview

Rock N Rhymes preview

| November 14, 2007 | 0 Comments

Rock N Rhymes The Kinetic Playground, Chicago Friday, November 16, 2007 The lineup of the first Rock N Rhymes music fest is arguably a little random, but this inaugural show looks to bring a whole lot of lively sets to Uptown’s Kinetic Playground.

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Riot Fest preview

Riot Fest preview

| November 14, 2007 | 0 Comments

Riot Fest Congress, Chicago Saturday, November 17, 2007 Sunday, November 18, 2007 First it was two days. Then one. This year it’s two days again. Riot Fest’s organizers are certainly mindful of a riot’s unpredictability — a streak that thankfully doesn’t wreak havoc on the bands they book.

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Vanessa Carlton preview

Vanessa Carlton preview

| November 14, 2007 | 0 Comments

Vanessa Carlton Park West, Chicago Sunday, November 18, 2007 Stevie Nicks relishes her role as den mother to younger female musicians trying to hold their own in this big bad boys club known as the record industry. The latest cub taken under Nicks’ diaphanous wing is 27-year-old pianist/singer-songwriter Vanessa Carlton, who had a massive, sugary […]

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Dethklok preview

Dethklok preview

| November 14, 2007 | 0 Comments

Dethklok Ryan Auditorium, Evanston Sunday, November 18, 2007 Dethklok made history when they released Dethalbum (Williams Street) in September by setting a record unlikely to be broken (except maybe by themselves): The highest-charting death metal album ever!

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Buck 65 preview

Buck 65 preview

| November 14, 2007 | 0 Comments

Buck 65 Reggie’s, Chicago Wednesday, November 21, 2007 If Buck 65 looks kinda geeky for a rapper, it’s because he is. Or maybe he isn’t really a rapper at all?

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Dan Wilson reviewed

Dan Wilson reviewed

| November 14, 2007 | 1 Comment

Dan Wilson Free Life (American) In Dan Wilson, legendary producer Rick Rubin hears a songwriter for the ages — a natural talent in a business hung up on image and projection. I still hear the guy who made every night of my last two years in college end exactly the same: crooning “Closing Time.” Appearing: […]

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Rock Four reviewed

Rock Four reviewed

| November 14, 2007 | 0 Comments

Rock Four Memories Of The Never Happened (Cooking Vinyl) When you read mention of Israel’s Rock Four, the word “Beatles” is invariably invoked. Their influences are slightly more modern (and blustery — in a good way) than that.

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The Hold Steady live!

The Hold Steady live!

| November 7, 2007 | 0 Comments

The Hold Steady Metro, Chicago Wednesday, October 31, 2007 The “She’s been calling me again” hook of The Hold Steady’s “Your Little Hoodrat Friend” could be a metaphor for the band with Chicago behind the narrator’s voice. On an endless tour behind last fall’s Boys And Girls In America (Vagrant), Brooklyn-via-Minneapolis’ most literate party band […]

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Tori Amos pics!

Tori Amos pics!

| November 7, 2007 | 0 Comments

Visit our photo page for more shots of Tori Amos at the Vic on Tuesday, November 6th!

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Oucho Sparks preview

Oucho Sparks preview

| November 7, 2007 | 0 Comments

Oucho Sparks Portage Theatre, Chicago Thursday, November 8, 2007 Eight-piece Chicago band Oucho Sparks’ Portage Theatre gig will be their first in three years, but don’t call it a come back. Truth is, the group wasn’t broken up, just taking their sweet time with a new album.

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The Section Quartet preview

The Section Quartet preview

| November 7, 2007 | 0 Comments

The Section Quartet Kinetic Playground, Chicago Friday, November 9, 2007 Chances are you’ve heard The Section Quartet without even knowing. Unless, that is, you’ve never heard a song by Foo Fighters, A Perfect Circle, Maroon 5, Kanye West, James Blunt, or Christina Aguilera, just a few of the many big names Section Quartet have worked […]

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Do Make Say Think preview

Do Make Say Think preview

| November 7, 2007 | 0 Comments

Do Make Say Think Metro, Chicago Saturday, November 10, 2007 Singing! There’s actual singing on Do Make Say Think’s latest, You, You’re A History In Rust (Constellation). O.K., so it isn’t them, but hey. Fives all around?

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