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Infinitirock: Music for Primordial Recollection

Red Hook's Infinitirock makes instrumentals that would shut down a library.

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15 Aug 2011 // 10:00 PM

Pitbull: Planet Pit

The newly rechristened "Mr. Worldwide" is sharpening stones and picking up broads to improve his business acumen. It's a sign of the times.

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Underground Music: A Day in the Life of a Chicago Subway Station

For most Chicagoans, the Jackson station downtown is little more than a fleeting backdrop for the daily grind. But for the musicians who spend hours, sometimes days, performing for the crowds, the station has a more vital significance. The subway is a place for commuters, tourists and transit workers. It's also a place for artists.

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Blitz the Ambassador: Native Sun

Blitz the Ambassador combines the sound of Africa and hip-hop with a message that stretches across borders, languages and cultures.

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Del the Funky Homosapien: Golden Era

Veteran rapper Del the Funky Homosapien does what he does best. Again. But is it time for something new?

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Syl Johnson: 24 June 2011 - Brooklyn

Seventy-four years young, Syl Johnson is as dynamic a performer as ever.

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Blueprint: Adventures in Counter Culture

Indie rapper attempts to re-write the blueprint for hip-hop success with bold, focused new album.

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Various Artists: Folk Songs of Illinois #4: Chicago Since 1945

The most interesting tracks are the ones that reveal the shaping influences of American music itself.

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16 May 2011 // 10:00 PM

Snoop Dogg: Doggumentary

Originally titled Doggystyle II, the Doggumentary falls short of that lofty goal but does, somewhat surprisingly, succeed as Snoop's best full-length release since his seminal debut.

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The Wonder Year: Inspiring Soul with 9th Wonder

The RiverRun International Film Festival showcases a moving portrait of a man in his element, standing at the transformative intersection between hip-hop, education, and craft.

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Shipbuilding Co.: Radios and Flying Birds

Released on Greyday Records, the debut LP by ex-Head of Femur man Michael Partington is a thoroughly dreary indie pop excursion.

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Prefuse 73: The Only She Chapters

There’s not enough on The Only She Chapters that is engaging, and everything coalesces into a gigantic sphere of white noise with beats that crawl as slowly as a turtle.

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‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Asks: How Does One Cling to Personal Belief in the Wake of Change?

Fiddler on the Roof represents the Hollywood musical at its most astute. A terrific, light-hearted, but deep thinking dramedy filled with dazzling performances, and ponderous, insightful, even timeless themes.

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Wye Oak: 7 April 2011 - Chicago

This pair is about volume, and we’re not talking about just loudness to your ears, we’re talking about amplitude that ripples your pant legs and beats your heart for you.

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Nate Dogg: Can’t Be Faded

Nate Dogg's contributions, and the workmanlike way in which he executed them, frequently garnered praise and commendations from his associates.

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Kickstart the Presses

In the past month, two friends of mine have undertaken major print projects. How are they covering the costs of what some might call a foolish endeavor? By going online for funding, of course.

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23 Mar 2011 // 10:00 PM

Shunda K: The Most Wanted

Shunda K deserves to be your favorite foul-mouthed Christian lesbian rapper, but this is no way to put together an album.

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Girl Talk: 6 March 2011 - Chicago

It’s hard to walk away from a Girl Talk concert and not be a happy camper. Even better, once this party’s over, there are no beer cans to clean up before mom gets home.

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Dismemberment Plan: 19 February 2011 - Chicago

The Dismemberment Plan reunites for concert tour in support of Emergency & I vinyl reissue.

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9 Mar 2011 // 10:00 PM

Pigeon John: Dragon Slayer

There are very few pop songs about husbands who don't do their chores. Pigeon John makes me think there's a good reason for that.

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