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Chicago’s Blues Pop Darlings: Bailiff

written by: Ian Dick Jones on June 22, 2011

Both Ren and Josh admitted they were much more into dirty blues while recording their first EP, but were listening to a lot more pop while they were writing and recording Red Balloon.

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Beware! The Vodka Thieves have returned

written by: Craig Bechtel on June 17, 2011

Team Band distills their alcohol-fueled version of glam-punk and art-blues, and the tracks virtually crackle with energy, and never fade out, always crashing and burning instead.

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One Song Every Day for One Year

written by: Taylor Brennan on June 8, 2011

What became known as the 365 Project to Chris Snyder and his friends, the newly minted Ace Reporter challenged himself to write one song every day for an entire year.

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heRobust is 2011’s Hip-Hop Hero

written by: Ian Dick Jones on April 4, 2011

heRobust is half of the Atlanta hip-hop beat monster Mane Mane. However, when listening to heRobust, one might think that there’s a team of electronic music scientists working together, but don’t be fooled; it is simply the product of hard working Hayden Kramer. No matter what opinion one has of electro, heRobust has something for […]

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Chicago Folkers: Emblems

written by: E.N. May on March 24, 2011

Here’s a toast to the independent musician. The individuals and bands with a natural ability to make something quality, and noteworthy, all for he love of music. For Matthew Stevens, and the band mates that make up Illinois’ Emblems, the universe seems to have lined up in its favor ever since the first tracks received […]

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Perfume Genius Delivers Brutal Honesty

written by: E.N. May on March 8, 2011

Isolation breeds brutal honesty. That’s what Mike Hadreas (Perfume Genius) learned the year he moved from his digs in New York to his mothers home in Everett, Washington to escape the ensuing self-destruction he was headed for. Being so far away from what Hadreas had known, he felt the full breadth of isolation and loneliness. […]

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Prehistoric Post-Rock

written by: David B. Anthony on February 18, 2011

Regardless of which prehistoric species Community College actually resembles, there are some facts that are undeniable. The Chicago quartet has been spreading its instrumental post-rock around the city – as well as the rest of the state – for the last few years, and the band is able to express movement in a concise manner that sets it apart from others in the genre.

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From Mars Volta to The Memorials

written by: Taylor Brennan on February 17, 2011

The Memorials are on a grassroots, 31-date, coast-to-coast tour funded by their fans. Catch the band in Chicago on Friday, February 18.

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The Dig Brings New Toys

written by: Cody Prentiss on February 14, 2011

Brooklyn band The Dig somehow bridges the gap between something new and the familiar. Their music is breezy, yet harsh.

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