Posts tagged "chicago"

I Have A Hard Time Liking Popular Christmas Music

I realize that writing something with the above title might cast me as a Grinch. But that is not the case. I like the holidays — decorating, lights, giving and receiving, winter meals and wintry beers. But I have a hard time getting excited about very much holiday music. There are modern Christmas albums out there from bands... Read more »

What's up with Kids These Days? (A free LP)

What's up with Kids These Days? (A free LP)
I’m talking about Kids These Days: the local Chicago band who previously won the Congress Theatre’s Next Big Thing Competition (2009), rocked SXSW and Lollapalooza (2011) and performed on Conan when last he came to Chi-City (2012). I kinda enjoy these guys. It’s a neat blend of raps, horn freakouts and sweet acoustic lyrics. The... Read more »

M.O.O.N., YUZIMA and Sons of the West release three EPs

There are three previously-covered indie kids from across this weird country — specifically Boston, New York and Chicago — who have recently released new music. A couple of them self-release this stuff, so let’s get around the web and check it all out… M.O.O.N. It seems like this Boston-area electronic musician is constantly either making... Read more »
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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 »

A.V. Club Undercover: Music you know played by indie bands you should

Rock music is so rarely mainstream anymore (and Dave Grohl cheated). Instead it has splintered off into a hundred-thousand swell indie rock-pop-groove-dance-jam bands who tour relentlessly and grow increasingly spectacular mustaches just to gain your attention. But AVClub.com (The Onion’s sister site – I may have previously mentioned them over and over again) has a... Read more »

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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