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The Men at Lincoln Hall

After getting their concert last night at Lincoln Hall off to a strong start, The Men came to a screeching halt because …

Nick Cave at the Chicago Theatre

The real Stagger Lee, an African-American pimp named “Stag” Lee Shelton, killed a man in St. Louis on Christmas day, 1895, during …

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R.I.P. Jason Molina

Rest in peace, Jason Molina. The news that this great songwriter has passed away is devastatingly sad for those of us who …

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Hideout SXSW Send Off Party

It’s a March tradition at the Hideout: On the Saturday before the SXSW festival begins in Austin, the club hosts an all-day …

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Low at Saki

Saki record store in Logan Square was packed Thursday evening (March 7) for a free performance by Low, followed by a Q&A …

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Mountains at the Hideout

Wednesdays are usually a night for jazz and improvisational music at the Hideout. Last Wednesday (Feb. 28), the venue hosted three bands …

Robbie Fulks

Robbie Fulks, Henry Wagons, etc.

Last Monday (Feb. 25), I caught two concerts — first, the always-entertaining Hideout residency of Robbie Fulks, who featured Brooklyn singer-songwriter Greg …

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Deleted Scenes at Township

As you can see from my recent posts, I’ve been seeing a lot of concerts lately at the Logan Square club Township. …

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Paul Collins Beat at Township

“Play the Blondie song!” Some guy shouted out that request in the middle of the show by the Paul Collins Beat last …

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Best Films of 2012

I’m a bit late with this list, but I’ve come to think of the film year as a 12-month period from Feb. …

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Cross Record at Township

Cross Record — the stage name for Chicago singer and musician Emily Cross — plays an intriguing mix of folk songs with …

Best concerts of 2012

My favorite concerts from the past year. Just 10 very memorable and outstanding performances of a hundred concerts I attended; there were …

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Best Records of 2012

1. SPIRITUALIZED: SWEET HEART SWEET LIGHT (Fat Possum) — Spiritualized maestro Jason Pierce emerged from a brush with death to make a …

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Thrill Jockey’s 20th Anniversary

Time flies. It doesn’t seem like five years have passed since I attended the Thrill Jockey record label’s 15th anniversary celebration. (I …

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Catherine Irwin at the Hideout

It’s been seven years since the last album by Freakwater, the alt-country duo of Catherine Irwin and Janet Bean, and a decade …

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The Cairo Gang at the Burlington

This past weekend was filled with noteworthy live music, as you can see from my previous blog entries about Chris & Heather’s …

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Foxygen and Angel Olsen

On Sunday (Jan. 9.), Logan Square’s Saki record store once again hosted an afternoon of free live music. One of the performers …

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Syl Johnson and Renaldo Domino

“The Secret History of Chicago Music” comic strip by Steve Krakow, aka Plastic Crimewave, has started presenting concerts showcasing the city’s overlooked …

Heather McAdams and Chris Ligon

The last (?) Country Calendar show

For the past 15 years, cartoonist Heather McAdams and her husband, musician Chris Ligon, have presented a delightful event each December at …

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The week in concerts

Notes on the past week’s concerts: TUESDAY, NOV. 27, THE HIDEOUT — RICK RIZZO AND JANET BEAN: The Hideout’s been hosting some …

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The dB’s at the Hideout

Even back in the 1980s, when The dB’s were going strong with four really cool albums of power-pop music, the band was …

King Tuff

King Tuff and Gap Dream

I was at Subterranean on Thursday night, Nov. 8, to see an early, all-ages show by King Tuff, but when I walked …

Dan Deacon concert

Dan Deacon at Lincoln Hall

I got my first impression of Dan Deacon when he played 2007 Hideout Block Party, setting up a table of electronic gear …

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The World Record at Township

No matter how diligently the media, publicists and bloggers try to tell us about all of the worthwhile concerts happening every night …

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Metz at the Empty Bottle

The Canadian band Metz — or METZ, if you follow the group’s preferred capitalization scheme — was back in Chicago this past Saturday …

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Twerps and Freaks

Most of the music was dreamy and drifting Thursday night (Oct. 25) at the Empty Bottle. Chicago’s Bare Mutants started off the …

Crime and the City Solution

Crime and the City Solution

Although it was set in a Berlin populated by humans as well as angels, Wim Wenders’ classic 1989 film Wings of Desire …

Neil Young and Crazy Horse

As I trekked up and up to the third level of the United Center and took my seat in section 334, gazing …

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Tift Merritt at City Winery

Tift Merritt’s lovely voice sounds sometimes like it’s about to break — there’s that slight crack, the one you hear in the …

Adventures in Modern Music

The Wire, a fine British magazine about experimental music, sponsors a truly diverse and frequently odd festival each year at the Empty …

Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees

Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees played a couple of shows last Friday (Sept. 28) at Logan Square Auditorium, along with Chicago’s …

Riot Fest

It didn’t seem like anyone else could fit into the space in front of the Riot Fest stage where Iggy and the …

Hideout Block Party & A.V. Fest

Two of the summer’s last big music festivals in Chicago vied for attention this past weekend: the Hideout Block Party, which is …

World Party at the Cubby Bear

Eleven years ago, Karl Wallinger — the man who is the band called World Party — suffered an aneurysm, which left him …

Wussy at Bucktown Arts Fest

Is Wussy “the best band in America,” as the “Dean of Rock Critics,” Robert Christgau, recently proclaimed? Well, not quite, in my …

The Master in 70 mm at the Music Box

Paul Thomas Anderson’s highly anticipated film The Master is peculiar and puzzling. The main characters are unlikable, even repellant, and somewhat opaque. …

R.I.P. Etc.

Notes and photos from the past couple of weeks. R.I.P. Bill Doss. The singer for the Olivia Tremor Control and member of …