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Wilco Review: Star Wars

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Wilco Star Wars Chicago’s hometown heroes Wilco surprised the city and the world at large this month with a surprise drop of a completely free album of new material out of nowhere late on a Thursday night. Not only was the drop surprising, but so was the album title and design: named Star Wars which was certainly the result of some goofy late night conversation the band had, and it boasts a furry white cat and some flowers on the

Spoon Show Review: Taste of Chicago

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Spoon, Houndmouth, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear July 11th, 2015 Taste of Chicago, Petrillo Music Shell Chicago, IL As I said last week, Taste of Chicago’s best gift to the city is its free live music. Spoon headlined the Saturday rock showcase from 93 XRT, the long-tenured Chicago FM station that has been bringing quality rock acts to Taste for 28 years. Spoon themselves have been at it for nearly 20 years, and all that time, delivering time and

Erykah Badu Show Review: Taste of Chicago

Erykah Badu: Taste of Chicago

Erykah Badu and Trombone Shorty July 9th, 2015 Taste of Chicago, Petrillo Music Shell Chicago, IL Taste of Chicago is promoted as “the nation’s premier outdoor food festival showcasing the diversity of Chicago’s dining community.” That may be how they or outsiders perceive the festival, but really it’s pretty far from the truth. It’s overcrowded, overpriced, and it features nowhere near to Chicago’s finest food. I mean, there is a Wingstop truck and a Spam truck. Let me say that

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

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