August 29, 2012
Double Door 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-489-3160 It's not the prettiest space in the city, and some of the rock acts can creep toward the “generic” label. Still, DD has been home to early shows from acts such as Kid Rock and The Killers; In '97, the Rolling Stones played a secret show - marquee: “Rolling Stones: One Night Only - $7.” Subterranean 2011 W. North Ave. 773-278-6600 At this Wicker Park bar smack in the hopping intersection of North/Damen/Milwaukee, DJs spin on the first floor and rock/hip-hop acts - both local and up-and-coming touring artists - usually perform in the...
August 9, 2012 |
Chief Keef and his GBE crew have taken the rap world by storm during the past few months. So much so, in fact, that he was a last-minute addition to the Lollapalooza lineup last weekend. Music fans are in two camps about the Chicago MC. Either he's the end of rap music as we know it (a little dramatic, yeah?) or he's the kickstarter to a renaissance in Chicago-based rap getting national attention. (I'm in the latter camp, with the caveat that musicians still have to work to make good songs.)
February 15, 2012 |
**1/2 (out of four) Last Sunday, the Grammys' collabo-lust spawned the awkward unity of Maroon 5/Beach Boys and Foo Fighters/Deadmau5. So of course the Grammys helped support “Re:Generation,” a documentary that dares five of the world's biggest DJs to team up with veterans of various, non-electronic genres and write a song. The results: > > Pretty Lights trying (and failing) to coach stubborn country music legend Dr. Ralph Stanley into a Burl Ives-esque take on “Wayfaring Stranger,” and...
January 19, 2012 |
Beyond the Apple-induced glow of the North/Clybourn Red Line station sits an oasis. Large and utterly forgettable from the outside, Joe's Bar on Weed Street could be any other crowded sports bar on a Friday night. If you could just ignore the cowboy hats. With patrons in plaid shirts, cowboy boots and hats (required dress for cover-free admission on "Country Fridays"), Joe's may seem out of place in the city - but it's packed. Sold out, even. People drive miles, or walk blocks, for the one thing it offers that few other venues in the city will touch: country music.
January 11, 2012 |
The setup: Spin magazine is getting rid of standard music reviews and instead posting them as tweets. Yep Rock isn't dead, but apparently the spirits of those who write about it are. Hitting "enter" after a 140-character dump, however well-crafted and thoughtful, does not constitute a full review of any topic. Don't get me wrong, an album review from any outlet (until this point, Spin included) doesn't define my opinion. It does, however, get me thinking about what I'm listening to. What state of inebriation was the songwriter under when...
November 29, 2011 |
If Jay-Z and Kanye West didn't think their collaboration was an event, they wouldn't have called it "Watch the Throne. " In terms of modesty, these guys exist somewhere between "none" and "LeBron James. " Of course, public response certainly has matched the project's self-satisfaction. Bloggers breathlessly dissected early singles "H.A.M. " and "Otis"; a freaking New York planetarium housed the record's listening party; and the album's stunningly un-leaked release brought music fans together, at least on Twitter, for a day of collective listening.