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LxListening: Odds and Ends ’15

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Since the day of the cassette mix tape up till today with Spotify playlists, many people’s playlists follow a mood like rainy day or exercise music or draw from a nostalgic period like songs from high school or the 90’s. This playlist is none of those things. I’m not sure why, but I’ve never been much for mood or seasonal playlists. We’ve certainly lent plenty of fuel for them, and I love stringing together complementary songs for a special event

Antibalas Live Review

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Antibalas and Sonny Knight & the Lakers July 2nd, 2015 Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park Chicago, IL   Chicago’s big free summer series to its residents is Downtown Sound, a concert series displaying all genres of popular music every Monday and Thursday in June and July in the heart of the city, at Jay Pritzker Pavilliion in Millennium Park. This summer’s draw included sincere singer/songwriters (Hayes Carl, Andrew Belle), ambitious composers (San Fermin, Active Child), punchy indie rockers (Matthew Sweet,

Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment: Surf

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Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment Surf How did an relatively-unknown collective, Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment, get over 10 million song downloads? Well, they made it free for one, giving away the debut album, Surf, on iTunes, but more importantly, the collective includes one of the most exciting young names in hip hop: Chicago’s own Chance the Rapper. And Surf shows anything the playful young rapper touches turns to gold. Donnie Trumpet aka trumpeter Nico Segal is the

Retro Review: Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx’s We’re New Here

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While I’m still sinking my teeth into In Colour, the latest release from Jamie xx, English producer-extraordinaire and namesake to the bedroom pop duo the xx, I thought I would revisit and hopefully bring people who aren’t familiar to the 2011 remix classic We’re New Here.  Now I’ve never been huge on remixes or remix culture, this is an undeniably unique and interesting album. Jamie xx took spoken-word legend Gil Scott-Heron’s late career gem, I’m New Here, and remixed it for the

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