ChiBlog Roundup:Music & Arts 12/11/2014

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Our (fairly) regular roundup of Music & Arts related news from Chicago-based web media, featuring thoughts and insight from some of the city’s most dedicated writers. Downwrite Brings Holiday Concert to the Metro The holiday season is definitely a time with packed schedules and running from place to place in a hectic frenzy, but amidst the hustle and bustle is an opportunity to give back and appreciate the simple joys around us. What better way to do so, than combined with set after set Read more [...]

December 11th, 2014 General Tags: Comments Off

ChiBlog Roundup:Music & Arts 12/04/2014

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Our (fairly) regular roundup of Music & Arts related news from Chicago-based web media, featuring thoughts and insight from some of the city’s most dedicated writers. Music Video Of The Day: Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories ‘Do You Sleep?’ Lisa Loeb plays City Winery tonight. [ more › ] Lincoln Hall Drifted Off With Allah-Las and Tashaki Miyaki The past couple years have been good to Allah-Las. They have gotten better and better with every passing performance, honing their skills and building Read more [...]

December 4th, 2014 General Tags: Comments Off

ChiBlog Roundup:Music & Arts 11/27/2014

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Our (fairly) regular roundup of Music & Arts related news from Chicago-based web media, featuring thoughts and insight from some of the city’s most dedicated writers. Richard Kaufman Discusses the CSO’s Pixar in Concert The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is known for many elements that comprise its exceptional caliber, from its renowned group of musicians, to their exceptional schedule of performances and their many, many accolades. A pinnacle element of the Orchestra’s high achievement, of Read more [...]

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ChiBlog Roundup:Music & Arts 11/20/2014

Our (fairly) regular roundup of Music & Arts related news from Chicago-based web media, featuring thoughts and insight from some of the city’s most dedicated writers. Scour Chicago for a Chance to Win Bears Tickets This post is brought to you by State Farm®. [ more › ] Music Video Of The Day: The Blind Shake ‘Le Pasion’ Warm up with scuzzed-out Minneapolis garage rock tonight at SubT. [ more › ] The 16 Best Galleries In Chicago You don’t have to go to a museum to enjoy art. [ more Read more [...]

November 20th, 2014 General Tags: Comments Off

ChiBlog Roundup:Music & Arts 11/13/2014

Our (fairly) regular roundup of Music & Arts related news from Chicago-based web media, featuring thoughts and insight from some of the city’s most dedicated writers. DJ Rashad is gone, but his influence on footwork lives on The Chicago producer died before the music he helped define could break out, but he’s still inspiring his Teklife crew—which is releasing a compilation to benefit his young son. by Leor Galil Chicago footwork producer Morris Harper, better Read more [...]

November 13th, 2014 General Tags: Comments Off

ChiBlog Roundup:Music & Arts 11/06/2014

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Our (fairly) regular roundup of Music & Arts related news from Chicago-based web media, featuring thoughts and insight from some of the city’s most dedicated writers. Interview: The Dirty Dirty Dollars Interesting startup story: The Dirty Dirty Dollars began as a Creedence Clearwater Revival cover band. Finding that they enjoyed bringing an energized, high-octane rock sound to their audience, they began composing music of their own, and will be showcasing their talents at the beloved venue Read more [...]

November 6th, 2014 General Tags: Comments Off

ChiBlog Roundup:Music & Arts 10/30/2014

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Our (fairly) regular roundup of Music & Arts related news from Chicago-based web media, featuring thoughts and insight from some of the city’s most dedicated writers. Stephin Merritt Coming to Chicago for a Rare Solo Performance Stephin Merritt’s range as a musical artist knows no bounds. Merritt may be best known for his extensive catalog of magnificent pop music as the head of The Magnetic Fields, but this barely scratches the surface of his work. He has found himself working within musical Read more [...]

October 30th, 2014 General Tags: Comments Off

ChiBlog Roundup:Music & Arts 10/23/2014

Our (fairly) regular roundup of Music & Arts related news from Chicago-based web media, featuring thoughts and insight from some of the city’s most dedicated writers. Contemplating suicide in the opera house men’s room At 71, American-born Scott Walker, long a cult hero to the Brits, has stretched the meaning of that phrase further and asked for more indulgence from his small but devoted audience than just about anybody else in the history of cult heroics. He’s moved from a pioneer Read more [...]

October 23rd, 2014 General Tags: Comments Off

ChiBlog Roundup:Music & Arts 10/16/2014

Our (fairly) regular roundup of Music & Arts related news from Chicago-based web media, featuring thoughts and insight from some of the city’s most dedicated writers. Wednesday Afternoon Diversion: First Family Get Down The first family has some sweet moves. Turnip for what? [ more › ] The Second City And Hubbard Street Dance Show Us ‘The Art Of Falling’ What started out as a comical guide to dance has evolved into a full artistic collaboration between The Second City and Hubbard Street Read more [...]

October 16th, 2014 General Tags: Comments Off

ChiBlog Roundup:Music & Arts 10/09/2014

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Our (fairly) regular roundup of Music & Arts related news from Chicago-based web media, featuring thoughts and insight from some of the city’s most dedicated writers. Lampo says, "Welcome to (Rene) Hell" Jeff Witscher (Rene Hell) This Saturday (October 11), experimental music organization Lampo begin their Fall 2014 season with the first of four free performances around Chicago. With the help of their long-running collaborators at the Graham Foundation, The Smart Museum of Art, Read more [...]

October 9th, 2014 General Tags: Comments Off

ChiBlog Roundup:Music & Arts 10/02/2014

Our (fairly) regular roundup of Music & Arts related news from Chicago-based web media, featuring thoughts and insight from some of the city’s most dedicated writers. Eat to the Beat: ‘The Banana Album’ and the meal of a lifetime  “Modern music begins with the Velvets,” the great rock critic Lester Bangs wrote when the Velvet Underground still was a going concern, “and the implications and influence of what they did seem to go on forever.” In the years since, Read more [...]

October 2nd, 2014 General Tags: Comments Off

ChiBlog Roundup:Music & Arts 09/25/2014

Our (fairly) regular roundup of Music & Arts related news from Chicago-based web media, featuring thoughts and insight from some of the city’s most dedicated writers. Remember the Rentals? Most people who remember the Rentals—and it’s probably a small group that remembers them at all—know the project as one of many alternative-era one-hit-wonders, putting its own spin on the mid-’90s rediscovery of old analog synths via a catchy MTV and Modern Rock radio hit called Read more [...]

September 25th, 2014 General Tags: Comments Off

ChiBlog Roundup:Music & Arts 09/18/2014

Our (fairly) regular roundup of Music & Arts related news from Chicago-based web media, featuring thoughts and insight from some of the city’s most dedicated writers. Gossip Wolf: Who’s in Elia Einhorn’s Fashion Brigade? A new project from Scotland Yard Gospel Choir’s Elia Einhorn, new bands with folks from Bloodiest and Fake Limbs, and more by J.R. Nelson and Leor Galil Scotland Yard Gospel Choir singer Elia Einhorn moved to Brooklyn in 2012, but we’ll consider Read more [...]

September 18th, 2014 General Tags: Comments Off

ChiBlog Roundup:Music & Arts 09/11/2014

Our (fairly) regular roundup of Music & Arts related news from Chicago-based web media, featuring thoughts and insight from some of the city’s most dedicated writers. Our guide to Riot Fest 2014 The Reader’s Riot Fest guide: Five slices through Chicago’s biggest loaf of punk and punk by-products After three months of earth-shaking EDM extravaganzas, sprawling grab-bag festivals packed with indie pop, hip-hop, or alt-rock, and neighborhood block parties headlined Read more [...]

September 11th, 2014 General Tags: Comments Off

ChiBlog Roundup:Music & Arts 09/04/2014

Our (fairly) regular roundup of Music & Arts related news from Chicago-based web media, featuring thoughts and insight from some of the city’s most dedicated writers. This weekend: The 18th annual Hideout Block Party  As it prepares to mark the end of its second decade, the Hideout Block Party is, by the standards of the current summer music festival business, a dismal failure.The event barely breaks even, with most of the money generated going to charity. There are no plans for global Read more [...]

September 4th, 2014 General Tags: Comments Off

ChiBlog Roundup:Music & Arts 08/28/2014

Our (fairly) regular roundup of Music & Arts related news from Chicago-based web media, featuring thoughts and insight from some of the city’s most dedicated writers. ‘The November Man’ Cometh After a summer of blockbusters the Labor Day holiday is often the turn of the film watching season into deeper fare, and one movie in particular is making a big impression on us this weekend. [ more › ] Wednesday Afternoon Diversion: It’s A Dance Party In Slovenia, while the farmer is away, the chickens Read more [...]

August 28th, 2014 General Tags: Comments Off

ChiBlog Roundup:Music & Arts 08/21/2014

Our (fairly) regular roundup of Music & Arts related news from Chicago-based web media, featuring thoughts and insight from some of the city’s most dedicated writers. Music Video Of The Day: Action Bronson ‘Easy Rider’ Action Bronson dropped a new single and video today. Catch him at the end of the month at North Coast Music Festival. [ more › ] The 12 Best Record Stores In Chicago Independent record stores are survivors. Here are our favorite dozen in Chicago. [ more › ] Wednesday Read more [...]

August 21st, 2014 General Tags: Comments Off

ChiBlog Roundup:Music & Arts 08/14/2014

Our (fairly) regular roundup of Music & Arts related news from Chicago-based web media, featuring thoughts and insight from some of the city’s most dedicated writers. The Seven Deadly Sins Blurs Line Between Fact, Fiction Angela Vela’s storytelling series welcomes both fiction and non-fiction pieces, but not knowing what was real and what was fake felt disingenuous, at times. [ more › ] A Theme Song for a Good Cause “Windy City Live” host Ryan Chiaverini recorded a new song about Chicago, Read more [...]

August 14th, 2014 General Tags: Comments Off

ChiBlog Roundup:Music & Arts 08/07/2014

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Our (fairly) regular roundup of Music & Arts related news from Chicago-based web media, featuring thoughts and insight from some of the city’s most dedicated writers. Photos/Review: Lil Bub with David Yow @ Cabaret Metro 8-6-14 For those who may not know, Lil Bub is a very special female cat from outer space who has special needs. Lil Bub and her dude, Mike Bridavsky, have helped raise over $100,000 for animal shelters. Typically, Lil Bub’s shows which have featured everyone from Oprah Read more [...]

August 7th, 2014 General Tags: Comments Off

ChiBlog Roundup:Music & Arts 07/31/2014

Our (fairly) regular roundup of Music & Arts related news from Chicago-based web media, featuring thoughts and insight from some of the city’s most dedicated writers. The 10 Best Museums In Chicago Following are 10 museums and galleries we could waste a day looking at art, artifacts, sculpture and fossils. [ more › ] Around Town: Rapid Movement  We’ve got some of our favorite recent action shots today in Around Town. [ more › ] Sad Jack White Continues To Haunt, Amuse Sad Jack Read more [...]

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