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311 Day Might Be My Favorite Holiday... now

311 Day Might Be My Favorite Holiday... now
When you’re young, you celebrate every holiday with vigor — presents! A day off school! Good times. Get a little older and you start to pick favorites. Often the ones that revolve around family, giant feasts or three square meals of candy — Christmas, Hanukkah, Thanksgiving, Halloween. Around college things start to trend differently — St.... Read more »

The Art of the Opening Band is not yet lost: Featuring Rubblebucket

The Art of the Opening Band is not yet lost: Featuring Rubblebucket
Last May, Reptar was the opening band for Grouplove at the Metro. What a stellar show. What a killer pair of new acts. By the fall, Reptar was out on their own, touring with an opening band called Rubblebucket. Having previously dug Reptar as an opening act (and eventually declaring Body Faucet 2012′s Album of the Year),... Read more »

I Will Gladly Ultimate Fight The Beach Boys' Mike Love

I Will Gladly Ultimate Fight The Beach Boys' Mike Love
Let’s make this very clear, Mike Love — you’re in a cover band. That’s right. You are in a Brian Wilson song cover band. Sure, you happen to have had the good fortune of being related (a cousin.. we all have them) to one of the best rock music composers of all time (perhaps the... Read more »
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In Defense of Hollywood Actor Rock-Star Wannabes

Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard once said (about 30 Seconds to Mars’ Jared Leto), “He’s a professional actor in music; so there’s no way to feel any sincerity about his position as a musician… Because he makes a living playing characters.. [he's] also acting what you think a rock star should act like.” What’s most amusing... Read more »

Pussy Riot's new punk rock anthem

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This song is crazy. It’s catchy. It rocks hard. And it’s freaking real. “Putin is lighting up the fires of revolution.” That kind of stuff can get you thrown in jail in some places (think about that the next time somebody calls Obama a socialist and nobody runs around the corner with tear gas). Imprisoned... Read more »

A Dispatch Concerning Dispatch: Circles Around the Sun

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Dispatch’s new album was released today, Tuesday, 8/21/12. That’s something you might have never thought you’d hear again after they broke up in 2002. And again after their “final concert” in 2004. And then when they never quite re-united, but played a killer show for Zimbabwe in 2007. The three equal bandleaders have, once again,... Read more »
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Lost and Found: Harlem Shakes' Technicolor Health

We’ve been talking a lot about Alabama Shakes around here. So fellow CN blogger Cut Out Kid pointed me in the direction of another band — Harlem Shakes. And now I’m angry. Why am I angry? According to Wikki (and their general musical output) this band put out exactly one critically acclaimed album in 2009... Read more »

Did The Offspring Rip-Off The Foo Fighters?

No. The answer is no (in case you’re only here to scroll down to the bottom). Now let’s discuss why… There are a lot of accusations thrown around concerning one musician or another ripping-off somebody else’s song. And while this certainly happens sometimes (looking at you, Black Eyed Peas), most of the time it’s simply... Read more »

Lucky Boys Confusion Guitarist Joe Sell Left Us Too Soon

Lucky Boys Confusion Guitarist Joe Sell Left Us Too Soon
Man… Music news has been pretty heavy the past couple weeks — MCA’s passing, Tom Gabel’s surprising news and now this unexpected event. I’m not going to go into a long rant about what LBC has meant to me — hopefully they’ll keep playing shows. Joe Sell was an incredibly talented musician and remained a... Read more »
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Grouplove and Reptar at the Metro, 5/12/12

Grouplove and Reptar at the Metro, 5/12/12
Chicago is a special place to see a show. I lived in Peoria for six years, and even though they had a solid venue that brought great acts in The Madison at the time (I saw Bela Fleck and 311, summer of 2002), it didn’t have the same vibe. It was a party, for sure,... Read more »
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