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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 // 9:00 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 // 9:00 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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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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Hercules and Love Affair: Blue Songs

Blue Songs finds Adam Butler and his crew of collaborators laying back -- turning the dance floor into an ethereal contemplation, unrepentant debauchery, retro revivalism, and slow-burning House.

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Ghostpoet: Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam

This is a crucial rap album that deals with, at least in part, the fall-out of the global markets and what that means to both the person on the street and the average suburban dweller.

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Walk This Way: The Commodification of Hip-Hop

Now here's a little story, we've got to tell, about the business of hip-hop, you know so well. It started way back in history, from Alexander Hamilton down to Jay-Z.

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The Spares: Everything Is Easy

Chicago-based Americana duo simultaneously succeed gloriously and fail miserably.

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4 Jan 2011 // 8:56 PM

(hed) PE: Truth Rising

(hed) PE couldn't seem to decide on a style for four albums, so there's a little of everything on this album. The results are much less successful than the band probably hoped.

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Deciphering the Jay-Z Code

He's got 99 problems but a book ain't one. Jay-Z's nonlinear memoir illuminates rap as personal narrative, lyric poetry, and transformative medium.

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Soulive: 19 November 2010 - Chicago

Soulive is amongst the best live bands currently on tour. If they stop by your town do yourself a favor and catch their spirit.

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"This bewildering, reckless, and captivating Japanese monstrosity is a colorful, widescreen explosion of cross-genre craziness.

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