Archive for July 2011

Paul McCartney: Dead or Alive?

Paul McCartney:  Dead or Alive?
According to conspiracy theories that have been swirling since the 60′s, Paul McCartney never wrote “Band On the Run”, or  formed the band Wings.  Paul McCartney never sang “The Girl is Mine” with Michael Jackson, he was never knighted by the Queen of England, he was never a beloved husband and father, and he certainly... Read more »

A.V. Club announces their very own music festival

A.V. Club announces their very own music festival
The Onion’s A.V. Club has announced their own festival: A.V. Fest. The two-day festival goes down outside The Hideout in Chicago on September 10-11, 2011.  A.V. Fest will feature 12 bands over the course of the weekend, with the initial lineup as follows: Archers of Loaf The Thermals Tokyo Police Club Eef Barzelay of Clem... Read more »

Amy Winehouse and the 'Forever 27 Club'

Amy Winehouse and the 'Forever 27 Club'
Saturday, the first news headline I saw was:  ”Amy Winehouse found dead at 27″.  For some reason, it felt a little more crippling that it was supposed to. “It was a long-time coming”, is what most say (someone won an iPod by predicting the date on the website whenwillamywinehousedie.com) and maybe it was a long-time... Read more »
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Heatwave: Songs about hot weather

Heatwave: Songs about hot weather
The past couple of days, Chicago has been (as my dad would have said), “Hotter than the hinges of hell”. And when it is this hot, I am not fun to be around unless I bump some songs about hot weather and drink something blended with tequila, (which helps). I have been walking around the... Read more »

The Lemonheads and other obscure musical moments from 'The Jenny Jones Show'

Who didn’t love The Jenny Jones Show?  She was on twice a day, which means I wasn’t the only one who loved this woman with her ridiculous name and open disdain for silicone breast implants.  For years, before court TV came to be, the daytime circuit was run by Jenny Jones, Ricki Lake, Montell Williams,... Read more »

Free Pitchfork after-show: Blah Blah Blah @ the Double Door

If you missed Pitchfork this weekend, there is still time to catch a slew of good music before the night ends.  Tonight, Chicago’s Blah Blah Blah will be playing a FREE post-Pitchfork sponsored show at the Double Door. The band is currently on tour to promote the release of their second album, titled Thank You... Read more »
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Many moon since first I saw you: 311 and Sublime @ Northerly Island tonight

Many moon since first I saw you: 311 and Sublime @ Northerly Island tonight
It is hard to believe that 311 has been around for twenty-one years.  Touring consistently, staying relevant and keeping up their West Coast surf punk beats even when the mainstream music scene has gone from rock to grunge to pop to jam to pop to whatever the cool kids listen to now. But I remember them.  I... Read more »

LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy to play DJ Set at the Mid

LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy to play DJ Set at the Mid
Although LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy retired in March, he has still been doing a few appearances here and there, all behind a turn table.  Well, actually,  two turntables, two CD players (and a microphone), a MacBook Air and a rather extensive MP3 collection. The musician will be playing a DJ set for Chicago fans on... Read more »

Dave Matthews Band Caravan review, Sunday - Chicago 2011

Dave Matthews Band Caravan review, Sunday - Chicago 2011
I will be the first to admit that a lot of Dave Matthews fans are seemingly assholes.  It is a lot of brosephs jumping around, spilling beer on you unapologetically, maybe wearing a college t-shirt and neon sunglasses in the nighttime.  They jump in groups, arms around each other, re-living some bygone memory of when... Read more »
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Lollapalooza 2011: Regular 3-day passes are SOLD OUT

Lollapalooza 2011: Regular 3-day passes are SOLD OUT
According to the official Lollapalooza 2011 website, the three-day passes to the annual Chicago music festival are sold out (single-day passes are still available). Lollapalooza also sold out in both 2008 and 2009, reaching a total fest capacity of 75,000 concert-goers per day, which means that in those years over 225,000 fans came to Chicago’s Grant Park... Read more »