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by Chris Catania

19 May 2010


When Jay-Z and Eminem announced last week on ESPN that they’ll be doing a double concert at Yankee Stadium and Comerica Park this fall, I started to dream a bit.

And unfortunately since the Cubs are (so far) really sucking it up this year, I decided to escape the pain of watching the Cubs and wonder what it would be like to see some of my favorite Chicago artists rock Wrigely Field, if the Cubs aren’t going to.

So just off the top of my head, I’ve listed a few Chicago bands that I’d like to see play the best baseball park in the world… Wrigley Field:

  • Common
  • Wilco
  • A Chicago blues showcase featuring Buddy Guy and other local blues legends
  • Kanye West
  • Lupe Fiasco
  • Umphrey’s McGee
  • Miraculously bring Steve Goodman back from the dead to play a concert that he rightfully deserves since he’s the genius who wrote “Go Cubs Go”.

Like I said, I’m biased to the Windy City, so I’d like to know what favorite hometown bands and baseball teams would you like to see join forces to rock your favorite ball parks?

by Chris Catania

19 May 2010



Chicago retro soul post-punk band JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound recently released a video to go along with their latest and very crafty single, a swingin’ and soulified cover of Wilco’s “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart”. They’ve been performing the song live for the last year or so and the new video makes it official—and I’m sure Wilco would most certainly approve.

by Jane Jansen Seymour

18 May 2010


Subiza is the third studio release by Delorean, a four-piece Spanish alternative dance band which was formed back in 2000. The name is from the Basque town where they recorded the tracks but their love of layering synths for the dance floor is universal. Remixes for bands such as Franz Ferdinand, XX and Cold Cave has also provided another outlet for Delorean’s club-inspired sound. 

The CD was released back in March by Mushroom Pillow but True Panther Sounds is planning a worldwide edition for June 8th. It contains nine tracks barely 45 minutes long but the opener “Stay Close” is a stand out song worth all the effort. The video creates a dreamscape awash in sun, sand and Mediterranean waters of their Barcelona base as directed by Weird Days. The vocals almost sound as if they’ve invited Animal Collective to their party and I’m happy to join in as well. Get up, get up!

by Jane Jansen Seymour

18 May 2010


What’s with these really young bands embracing sounds from decades before they were born and yet managing a hip take on it all? Here’s another prime example from a Long Beach, California group barely out of high school called Avi Buffalo. Their first self-titled CD was just released by famed indie label Sub Pop and after a sold out record release party at LA’s Troubadour, they’re embarking on a four-month tour beginning in the UK which makes major stops at the Sasquatch and Glastonbury festivals.

Avi is short for Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg, a skateboarder who picked up guitar along the way and started writing songs. His mastery of the instrument is in part due to lessons from legendary local blues guitarists—a revealing bit of trivia as old meets new in “What’s in It For”. The vocals call out with ‘70s soul searching and background cooing while the guitars playfully meander along until the closing brings an expanded textural landscape. The video on the band’s website ends with them playing in the sunshine with psychedelic flora and fauna enveloping them in the sunshine to bring home the concept.

“Remember Last Time” begins with this layered approach to the traditional rock band structure and the mind games continue with lyrics such as “if I had to tell you something about myself” and lots of talk about feelings. The song drops out to highlight Avi’s sparkling guitar parts with the sound building back in with the support of his band mates. It’s an impressive bit of playing and songwriting – definitely worth a listen.

by Alex Suskind

18 May 2010


The last time Hi-Tek and Talib Kweli collaborated, it was 2000 and they were the duo Reflection Eternal. The result of their partnership was the critically-acclaimed album, Train of Thought. At the time, it was only Kweli’s second official studio album (the first being Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star in 1998). Talib’s first solo effort, Quality, wouldn’t hit shelves until 2002. Both still relatively new to hip-hop in 2000, the two produced a bold, hard-hitting album, with Kweli’s powerful rhymes and Tek’s beats rooted in ‘70s soul.

Now, almost 10 years after the release of Train of Thought, they are joining forces once again for their second studio effortRevolutions Per Minute (they also released a mixtape in 2009 called
The RE:Union. While one would assume that the words indie hip-hop and Entertainment Weekly would never be uttered in the same breath, the pop-culture magazine is currently streaming Revolutions Per Minute in its entirety.

On top of that, there are three videos posted below. The first two, “In This World” and “Strangers,” are singles from the new CD. The third is a throwback: “The Blast” from their first album, Train of Thought.

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