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The Coke Dares

The Coke Dares

| July 23, 2008 | 0 Comments

The Coke Dares Ronny’s, Chicago Thursday, July 24, 2008 Jumping out of an airplane and finding out halfway down your parachute fails to open will probably result in one of those life-flashing-before-your-eyes moments. The same can be said of The Coke Dares’ second full-length, Feelin’ Up (Essay/Reibenbach). The trio blast through 33 songs in less […]

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Jonny Rumble preview

Jonny Rumble preview

| July 23, 2008 | 0 Comments

Jonny Rumble Metro, Chicago Friday, July 25, 2008 Rock ‘n’ roll hasn’t kicked the bucket yet, but according to Jonny Rumble, it’s definitely seen better damn days.

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Earlimart preview

Earlimart preview

| July 23, 2008 | 0 Comments

Earlimart Hideout, Chicago Saturday, July 26, 2008 Nonchalant indie rockers Earlimart dropped two members and broke their customary, three-year stretch to post Hymn And Her (Majordomo) within a year of their last album, Mentor Tormentor. How does this blistering pace manifest itself?

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The Black Ghosts reviewed

The Black Ghosts reviewed

| July 23, 2008 | 0 Comments

The Black Ghosts The Black Ghosts (Iamsound) Judging from Simian Mobile Disco’s debut, it seemed likely the split occurred on artistic grounds: Jameses Ford and Shaw wanted to go pop, while Simon Lord and Alex MacNougthon preferred the experimental angle. Judging from The Black Ghosts, Lord should be in SMD. Appearing: Thursday, July 24th at […]

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Red Red Meat reunite!

Red Red Meat reunite!

| July 16, 2008 | 0 Comments

Red Red Meat Hideout, Chicago Thursday, July 10, 2008 The grin on Red Red Meat frontman Tim Rutili’s face was eerily similar to the one on Steve Albini’s puss two years earlier. Then, during Big Black’s three-song reunion, Albini cracked: “I know what you’re thinking: ‘What’s the big deal?’” During the Meat’s, Rutili was more […]

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Yaz returns!

Yaz returns!

| July 16, 2008 | 1 Comment

Yaz Chicago Theatre, Chicago Monday, July 14, 2008 The entire short-lived career of Yaz (known as Yazoo overseas) could be summed up in the final 15 minutes of its “Reconnected” tour: the dance floor packer “Don’t Go,” the haunting ballad “Only You,” and the club anthem “Situation.” But somehow the synth-pop duo of frontwoman Alison […]

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Gregory Isaacs live!

Gregory Isaacs live!

| July 16, 2008 | 0 Comments

Gregory Isaacs African Caribbean Festival Of Life, Washington Park Saturday, July 5, 2008 The Cool Ruler lives. In a characteristically laid-back performance, Gregory Isaacs, one of reggae’s most singular and prolific artists, proved that 40 years of pumping out hits has not made him obsolete, but essential to the genre’s contemporary canon.

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Pitchfork Music Festival preview

Pitchfork Music Festival preview

| July 16, 2008 | 0 Comments

Pitchfork Music Festival Union Park, Chicago July 18 – 20, 2008 Chicago-based Pitchforkmedia.com hosts its annual festival this weekend, and though tickets only remain for Friday night’s “Don’t Look Back” expose, we’ve marked some highlights for those of you inside and outside the gates.

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Pat Benatar preview

Pat Benatar preview

| July 16, 2008 | 1 Comment

Pat Benatar House Of Blues, Chicago Friday, July 18, 2008 Everything that once was comes back again and again. Walk into an Express these days and you’ll find leggings, stirrup pants, and wide elastic belts for sale. Someone having an ’80s party? No need to scrounge thrift stores or those old boxes in the basement […]

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Valient Thorr preview

Valient Thorr preview

| July 16, 2008 | 1 Comment

Valient Thorr Reggie’s Rock Club, Chicago Saturday, July 19, 2008 Tom Cruise believes they attach their souls to chosen humans, members of the Air Force’s 509th Bomb Group stationed in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947 might have captured a few, and Sammy Hagar was abducted by them (twice!), but most of us know very little […]

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Bowerbirds preview

Bowerbirds preview

| July 16, 2008 | 0 Comments

Bowerbirds Schubas, Chicago Sunday, July 20, 2008 This backwoods-dwelling, North Carolinian trio emerge for another road trip, supporting the re-release of their homespun debut.

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Feufollet preview

Feufollet preview

| July 16, 2008 | 0 Comments

Feufollet Dawes Park, Evanston Sunday, July 20, 2008 It’s not hard to imagine Anne Rice’s vampire, Lestat, sulking in the dark corners of a Louisiana dance hall scoping out the lean necks of his potential victims with Feufollet’s music driving the activity.

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Punch Brothers

Punch Brothers

| July 16, 2008 | 0 Comments

Punch Brothers Ravinia, Highland Park Monday, July 21, 2008 Bluegrass is a virtuosic style of music — no denying that. But King Crimson it ain’t, or at least shouldn’t be. So beware of bands like Punch Brothers and their four-movement, 41-minute songs.

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John Hiatt reviewed

John Hiatt reviewed

| July 16, 2008 | 0 Comments

John Hiatt Same Old Man (New West) Raspy singer-songwriter John Hiatt displays a voice beyond his years on Same Old Man, which makes him sound about 113. Appearing: Friday, July 18th at Ravinia Festival in Highland Park.

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Billy Idol compiled

Billy Idol compiled

| July 16, 2008 | 3 Comments

Billy Idol The Very Best Of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself (Capitol/EMI) Since Billy Idol’s intentions have always been so clear, he’s a classic debate case: Is it better to acknowledge you’re a sellout from the beginning?

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