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Sunday, February 20 2011

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.


Thursday, February 17 2011

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.


Thursday, February 3 2011

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.


Wednesday, January 19 2011

The Spares: Everything Is Easy

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


Tuesday, January 4 2011

(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.


Monday, January 3 2011

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.


Tuesday, December 14 2010

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.


Wednesday, November 17 2010

Hip-Hop’s Laboratory of Language

What do William Wordsworth, Robert Frost, Ice Cube, and Ghostface Killah have in common? Finally, they all appear in anthologies.


Thursday, November 11 2010

Jónsi: 3 November 2010 - Chicago

Simply put, the show is the greatest 80-minute dream you will ever have. The evening transcends a mere rock show and proves to be a complete audio and visual experience which will leave you in complete and utter awe.


Wednesday, October 27 2010

Exile: AM / FM

AM/FMis the perfect soundtrack for driving on a city’s freeways late at night and getting lost in the ambience of the sounds.


X Japan: 6 October 2010 - Chicago (Notes from the Road) [18.Oct.10]
The National: 26 September 2010 - Chicago (Notes from the Road) [14.Oct.10]
¡Mayday!: Stuck on an Island (Reviews) [13.Oct.10]
Exploring Chicago: ‘Chicago X’ (Sound Affects) [8.Oct.10]
Camu Tao: King of Hearts (Reviews) [26.Sep.10]
Exploring Chicago: ‘Chicago VII’ (Sound Affects) [17.Sep.10]
Angel Eyes: Midwestern (Capsule Reviews) [15.Sep.10]
Warped Tour: 31 September 2010 - Chicago (Notes from the Road) [14.Sep.10]
Chiddy Bang: Opposite of Adults EP (Capsule Reviews) [8.Sep.10]
Honda Civic Tour: 18 August 2010 - Chicago (Notes from the Road) [7.Sep.10]
Asura & Anenon: Silver Trees/Damiel (Capsule Reviews) [30.Aug.10]
Kings of Convenience: 10 June 2010 - Chicago (Notes from the Road) [15.Jun.10]
Guilty Simpson: OJ Simpson (Reviews) [25.May.10]
Metric: 20 May 2010 - Chicago (Notes from the Road) [25.May.10]
Alex B: Moments (Reviews) [14.Apr.10]
Coolzey: The Honey (Capsule Reviews) [1.Feb.10]
American Idol: Chicago Auditions (Channel Surfing) [20.Jan.10]
Ojos de Brujo: Aocaná (Reviews) [6.Jul.09]
Eminem: Relapse (Reviews) [18.May.09]
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