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Military beats

Military beats

| May 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

Wounded Warrior Rockfest takes place Monday the 30th at Durty Nellie’s in Palatine, and will drive proceeds and donations to its namesake program to help severely injured combat veterans return to civilian life.

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Standard time

Standard time

| May 26, 2011 | 0 Comments

Everyone needs a go-to beer. You don’t feel right showing up at a party with a domestic, are non-plussed by most supermarket imports, but never see the same lineup of microbrews in different stores. Why not know a couple sturdy ones?

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Girls who play guitar

Girls who play guitar

| May 25, 2011 | 1 Comment

The world, not just women, needs new guitar heroes. Anna Calvi probably doesn’t need that pressure dumped in her lap, but it’s her fault for being such a good player.

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Death Cab For Cutie live!

Death Cab For Cutie live!

| May 25, 2011 | 0 Comments

Somewhere over the course of the last decade, Death Cab For Cutie went from college-radio regulars to darlings of “The O.C.” and headlining Lollapalooza. The band are far from the indie upstart they once were, both in terms of exposure and delivery, with venue stops in recent years reflecting that. All of which made Friday […]

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I . . . am . . . Iron Alt!

I . . . am . . . Iron Alt!

| May 25, 2011 | 0 Comments

Brewers have an advantage over musicians in that a quiet start generally won’t sink a career.

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The Beatles of Craft Beer Week

The Beatles of Craft Beer Week

| May 24, 2011 | 0 Comments

The irony of naming four beers to represent The Beatles during Chicago Craft Beer Week, is that they’re all much more enjoyable as solo acts than they are when you mix them together.

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Summer Of Sam

Summer Of Sam

| May 23, 2011 | 0 Comments

Craft Beer Week continues: Samuel Adams’ reputation relies on history as much as its label. As one of the oldest craft breweries in America, and certainly the one longest in the national consciousness, its ability to experiment comes second to sustaining tradition.

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A CSS/Sleigh Bells Chicago preview that’s a review of the Minny show!

A CSS/Sleigh Bells Chicago preview that’s a review of the Minny show!

| May 20, 2011 | 0 Comments

There’s a particularly virulent strain of nostalgia permeating electronic dance music (see Cut Copy, Holy Ghost, Foster The People) that appeals to older audiences who immediately connect through reminiscing, as well as, hooking young hipsters who approach it with wide-eyed exuberance.

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Craft Beer Week continues. . .

Craft Beer Week continues. . .

| May 20, 2011 | 0 Comments

Minhas Simpler Times Pilsner Americans have been told that Miller Lite is a pilsner beer, and full marks go to those advertising gurus whose hysterical laughter cannot be heard through those ad campaigns.

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Spring is here! Get inside and rock!

Spring is here! Get inside and rock!

| May 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

Next weekend, Memorial Day, typically kicks off outdoor season in Chicago (Belmont-Sheffield Fest) along with all the barbecues. The next weekend is Mayfest. Now’s the time to get your indoor ya-yas out.

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Welcome to Beer Week!

Welcome to Beer Week!

| May 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

Two Brothers Session Ale For the next week or so, we’ll be following Chicago Craft Beer Week with our own beer/band pairings. Click on for your first sample.

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The Cars live!

The Cars live!

| May 19, 2011 | 3 Comments

In spite of not being one of the most prolific bands in history, The Cars are certainly among the most influential, especially when it comes to the power pop, synth rock, and new wave.

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Speer’s head

Speer’s head

| May 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

The big tell on D. Charles Speer & The Helix‘s Leaving The Commonwealth (Thrill Jockey) is its combination of rusticity and variety. The music’s not necessarily indicative of New York, but they sure don’t do this in the South anymore.

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A who’s who

A who’s who

| May 18, 2011 | 0 Comments

By 1980, you needed to keep Major League Baseball’s official scorer’s guide to keep track of who was and wasn’t in UFO. Long associated with former guitarist Michael Schenker (whose main group, MSG, is also an anagram), it’s time to sort this out.

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Twilight Singers live!

Twilight Singers live!

| May 18, 2011 | 1 Comment

On record, Greg Dulli’s Twilight Singers operation can come across slightly docile at times, the group’s slow-building and subtle approach allowing for the mistaken impression of a sleepier production.

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