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Wednesday, February 24 2010

I Believe in the Good of Indiepop: An Interview with the Hidden Cameras

PopMatters sits down with Joel Gibb -- leader of the indie-pop consortium the Hidden Cameras -- to discuss everything from socialized medicine to Stereolab.


Sunday, October 17 2010

Guided by Voices: 13 October 2010 - Chicago

It wasn’t difficult to see that the primary thing that has made past shows great, Robert Pollard’s quirky personality, continues to permeate the most recent sets with greatness.

Tuesday, October 12 2010

Wild Nothing: 7 October 2010: Chicago

The music is something infinitely cherishable and a treat to witness flooding around fans in a live setting. Wild Nothing tunes are also perfect for blasting on your stereo at home.

Thursday, July 1 2010

MGMT: 18 June 2010 - Chicago

Selling out Chicago's Riviera Theater in what seemed like a heartbeat is no small feat during a recession, but MGMT pulled it off easily.

Thursday, November 20 2008

David Byrne

The choreographed spectacle was almost like watching a long artistic music video or a postmodern ballet with exceptionally good music.

Sunday, October 12 2008

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Over the past four decades Nick Cave has risen from the depths of the Australian underground of punk and rock to create some of the most epic songs ever written.


Friday, October 22 2010

Avi Buffalo: 20 October 2010 - Chicago

A mere six months has passed since Avi Buffalo emerged on the indie music scene with their debut self-titled album and the band is already touching audiences far beyond the reaches of the West Coast.

Thursday, October 21 2010

Ólöf Arnalds: 18 October 2010 - Chicago

Ólöf Arnalds recalls an Icelandic Joni Mitchell with a swooning wholesome voice that is rich with a sense of personality and strength as a female singer/songwriter.

Tuesday, October 5 2010

Eels + Jessica Hoop: 1 October 2010 - Chicago

Eels returned to Chicago to play a 90-minute set that was heavy on rock 'n' roll and light on soft vulnerabilities.

Tuesday, June 15 2010

Kings of Convenience: 10 June 2010 - Chicago

Kings of Convenience held the crowd's attention for nearly two hours, showing off their versatile musicality throughout.

Thursday, May 6 2010

Laura Marling: 4.May.2010 - Chicago

Even just 45 minutes of Laura Marling can leave a beautiful impression.

Kate Nash: 3.May.2010 - Chicago (Notes from the Road) [6.May.10]
Wildbirds & Peacedrums: 18 Feb. 2010 - Chicago (Notes from the Road) [21.Feb.10]
Jens Lekman: 2.Jan.10 - Chicago (Notes from the Road) [3.Jan.10]
The Sounds: 7.Nov.09 - Chicago (Notes from the Road) [9.Nov.09]
The Dø: 27 Sept. 2009 - Empty Bottle, Chicago (Notes from the Road) [29.Sep.09]
Trashcan Sinatras: 9 August 2009 - Chicago (Notes from the Road) [25.Aug.09]
The Veils: 23 July 2009 - Empty Bottle, Chicago (Notes from the Road) [5.Aug.09]
The Dears: 13 May 2009 - Lakeshore Theater, Chicago (Notes from the Road) [19.May.09]
Mercury Rev: 11 December 2008 – Chicago, Metro (Notes from the Road) [16.Dec.08]
Deerhoof - 17 October 2008: Chicago, Cabaret Metro (Notes from the Road) [19.Oct.08]
James - 25 September 2008: Chicago, Vic Theater (Notes from the Road) [28.Sep.08]
Stars - 24 September 2008: Chicago, Vic Theater (Notes from the Road) [26.Sep.08]
Ladytron - 17 June 2008, Chicago (Notes from the Road) [20.Jun.08]
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