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Wussy at Red Line Tap

The Cincinnati rock band Wussy is fairly obscure in the grand scheme of the music business, but people who know this group …

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Omar Souleyman at Millennium Park

Syrian singer Omar Souleyman cast a strange spell as he performed Monday night on the Jay Pritzker Pavilion stage in Millennium Park. …

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Centro-matic at the Beat Kitchen

The Denton, Texas, rock band Centro-matic just released its first record in three years, Take Pride by Your Long Odds, as well as a reissue …

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Nazoranai at the Empty Bottle

At 11:34 p.m. May 20, I tweeted: This Nazoranai show at @theemptybottle is so loud it might cause a rupture in the …

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Blackout Fest 2014

Blackout Fest was back this past weekend at the Empty Bottle, and once again, Chicago’s HoZac Records delivered a fun package of …

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A Sneak Peek Inside Thalia Hall

Thalia Hall, a major addition to Chicago’s roster of live music venues, opens Wednesday with its first public concert: a show by …

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CIMM Fest

The Chicago International Movies & Music Festival, or CIMM Fest, ran April 30-May 1 at several venues around the city, featuring movies about …

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Protomartyr at Reckless

The Detroit post-punk band Protomartyr was in Chicago last week to play as the opening act for Cloud Nothings in a sold-out …

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Skull Defekts at the Empty Bottle

“We’re keeping it unreal,” one of the Skull Defekts declared during the Swedish rock band’s concert Tuesday night (April 30) at the …

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Waxahatchee at the Empty Bottle

Waxahatchee — which is either a band or singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield, depending on how you define these things — released an outstanding …

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Carsick Cars at the Burlington

Carsick Cars is one of China’s best-known indie rock bands, but they’d never played in Chicago until now. The Beijing trio finally …

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SXSW Day 5 Photos: Burgermania

On the final day of South By Southwest, March 15, 2014, I arrived at Hotel Vegas in late afternoon and stayed throughout …

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Ex Hex at SXSW

Ex Hex is a new band on the Sub Pop label starring Mary Timony of Helium and Wild Flag, Fire Tapes bassist …

Death By Unga Bunga at Icenhauer’s

SXSW Day 4 Photos

My photos from the fourth night of South By Southwest, March 14, 2014, including — click on these links to jump ahead …

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Bloodshot SXSW Party at Yard Dog

My photos from the Bloodshot Records party during South By Southwest, March 14, 2014, at the Yard Dog art gallery, including: the Deslondes, Robbie …

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Lydia Loveless at Yard Dog

Country singer Lydia Loveless has a terrific new album out on Bloodshot Records called Somewhere Else, and she played a bunch of times last …

Smacksoft at Icenhauer’s

SXSW Day 3 Photos: Nighttime Showcases

My photos from the nighttime showcases on Day 3 of SXSW, March 13, 2014, including: Smacksoft, Arc Iris, Utopians, Laura Cantrell and Honeyblood. (I have separate galleries …

The Blind Shake (Minneapolis) at the DC vs. the World Party at New Movement Theater

SXSW Day 3 Photos: Day Parties Etc.

My photos from the first half of Day 3 at South By Southwest 2014, including: Gary Numan, the  “Warehouse: Songs and Stories” songwriting …

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The Launderettes at SXSW

The Launderettes, an all-female rock band from Oslo, Norway, who have been together since 1999, played the final time slot of the night …

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Dog Trumpet at SXSW

The Australian rock band Dog Trumpet has been together since 1990, and its two key members — brothers Peter O’Doherty and Reg …

The Haden Triplets at St. David’s Sanctuary

SXSW Day 2 Photos

My photos from Day 2 of the South By Southwest festival, March 12, 2014, including LosPetitFellas, Jarvis Cocker, R. Ring, Birth of Joy, Señor Faraón, …

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Mothercoat at SXSW

In 2007, I caught a SXSW set by the Japanese band Mothercoat, which sticks in my memory for being so frantic and …

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Jambinai at SXSW

One of the best groups I saw at SXSW this year was a South Korean band called Jambinai, which uses some traditional …

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Photos of St. Vincent at SXSW

My photos of St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) on March 12, 2014, at South By Southwest — including a couple shots of …

Together Pangea at Haven

SXSW Day 1 Photos

My photos from Tuesday, March 11, the first day of South By Southwest, including: Neil Young, Shelby Earl, Mozes and the Firstborn, …

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SXSW Recap

This was the year people died at South By Southwest. The sprawling, raucous, nebulous combination of a trade show, academic conference, rock …

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SXSW, as told in tweets

Selections from my tweets at South By Southwest 2014. (Follow me at @robertloerzel.) TUESDAY, MARCH 11 2:37 p.m. Landed in Austin #sxsw 2:52 …

Neil Young at SXSW

I’m at the South By Southwest music conference in Austin, Texas — the first time I’ve gone since 2008. It’s good to …

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Fred Frith at Constellation

Monday night at Constellation, Fred Frith shook and scraped and stroked and beat his guitar. He set a can on top of …

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Precious Blood at the Hideout

Photos of Precious Blood on Feb. 25 at the Hideout, featuring Nora O’Connor, Danny Black and Kevin McDonough, a show that wrapped up O’Connor’s outstanding …

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Best Films of 2013

Belatedly, here are my choices for the best films of 2013 — including movies that showed at film festivals and noncommercial venues …

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The Flat Five at the Hideout

Nora O’Connor’s monthlong residency at the Hideout continued on Tuesday, Feb. 18, with a show by the band that Hideout owner Tim …

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Steve Dawson at Simon’s

In addition to his recordings as Dolly Varden’s main singer-songwriter, Steve Dawson has released a couple of solo albums, and now he’s …

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Ane Brun and Linnea Olsson at Schubas

Norwegian singer-songwriter Ane Brun’s songs sounded delicate and intimate Saturday night, Feb. 15, at Schubas. As she explained to the audience at the …