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ChiBlog Roundup:Music & Arts 03/14/2012

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Music & Arts news from Chicago-based web media, featuring some of the city’s most insightful writers.

  • Artist on Artist: Mark Perro of the Men talks to Raw Nerve’s Ryan Lowry

    Mark Perro of the Men talks DIY, country music, and the impossibility of plagiarism in punkSince debuting with the self-released 2009 EP We Are the Men, the Men have been bound by an oath to subvert the punk status quo. Even within a single album, these Brooklyn dudes leapfrog from genre to genre with relentless, caustic energy—and on the brand-new Open Your Heart (Sacred Bones) they make their biggest jump yet, bringing a little bit of country into the mix.…[ Read more ]

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  • Short takes on recent reissues

    Reissues of Feedtime’s four classic LPs, Alex Chilton’s first solo recordings, and Tav Falco’s debut with Panther Burns
    by Peter Margasak
    Feedtime The Aberrant Years…[ Read more][ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

  • Three Beats: Cellist Tomeka Reid steps out with Hear in Now

    Tomeka Reid and Hear in Now, Super Minotaur’s first LP, and Lord Mantis’s vile Pervertor
    by Peter Margasak, Leor Galil and Philip Montoro
    JAZZ | Peter Margasak Over the past few years, cellist Tomeka Reid has become an increasingly important part of the Chicago jazz and improvised-music community, playing in several high-profile groups, including Mike Reed’s Loose Assembly, Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble, the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, and the AACM’s Great Black Music Ensemble.…[ Read more][ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

  • Andrea Lenaburg’s first crush was Davy Jones

    A generation brought up on the new technology of television was shocked last week when it was announced that Davy Jones, the lead singer of The Monkees, had died. Andrea Lenaburg brings a story from her youth…

  • Gossip Wolf: Julian Malone’s mistaken dis track

    Julian Malone goes solo, Owls reunite, and Baby Teeth drops a fourth LP
    by Jessica Hopper and Leor Galil
    Last week local rapper Julian Malone left rising hip-hop crew 2008ighties. He says he talked to them privately first, but on Mon 2/27, when Fake Shore Drive publicized the split in a post about Malone’s “Who’s Top Now,” lots of people mistook the song for a 2008ighties dis track.…[ Read more][ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

  • Artist on Artist: Robert Glasper talks to Justin Dillard

    Jazz pianists Robert Glasper and Justin Dillard talk “fire alarm music” and warm, fluffy SteinwaysWith his well-crafted new album, Black Radio (Blue Note), pianist Robert Glasper puts a spotlight on the reality of most contemporary jazz musicians: they’re not interested in playing just “jazz.” On most of his records he’s added flourishes of hip-hop and modern R&B, but this one goes all the way, with instrumental solos kept to a minimum and vocals on every cut—including contributions from Erykah Badu, Lupe Fiasco, Ledisi, and Yasin Bey (aka Mos Def).…[ Read more ]

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