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Scott Lucas & The Married Men and Big Science to headline memorial show at Lincoln Hall 9/21

Scott Lucas & The Married Men and Big Science to headline memorial show at Lincoln Hall 9/21
On August 25th Jennifer Gustafson was killed in Hanover Park, leaving behind two children with their godmother.  Tomorrow, September 21st, Lincoln Hall will be hosting a Jennifer Gustafson Memorial Fund show in an effort to help raise money for her children, Dominic, Rachael, and Lisa. Seven bands will perform: Siderunners, Big Science, Scott Lucas & the Married... Read more »

Nick Ashford of Motown songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson passes away at age 70

Nick Ashford of Motown songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson passes away at age 70
Famed Motown songwriter and producer, Nick Ashford passed away yesterday at the age of 70 years old. Known best as half of the songwriting duo, and later, husband and wife team, Ashford & Simpson, the two were one of the most important songwriting teams in Motown history. Although many commonly associate Ashford & Simpson with... Read more »

Decembrists' Colin Meloy's novel 'Wildwood' set to release August 30

 Decembrists' Colin Meloy's novel 'Wildwood' set to release August 30
There are quite a few adults I know who openly can discuss a Harry Potter book for hours on end, analyzing it, quoting it and lamenting in the shoulda, woulda, coulda’s of “the boy who lived”‘ and his fictional life.  These people do it with no shame.  It’s these same people who, at this very... Read more »
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Songs in commercials: Good tunes on TV

For the most part, I don’t listen to the radio that often, leaving limited places for me to find new music.  However, I have started to notice how many good songs from commercials find their way onto my iPod. It’s not just the Gap getting catchy music for their ads, it’s Target, Diet Coke, Lipton... 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 »

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 »
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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 »