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Festival Preview | RiotFest Chicago

Photo by Agatha Donkar There’s bands on the RiotFest Chicago — in its 9th year — that everyone is going to see; you don’t need me to tell you about them. Pixies, The Dismemberment Plan, Bob Mould, Public Enemy, Blondie. The Replacements. (And frankly, if you’re not going to RF to see the Replacements, we … Read more

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Contest | Win Tickets to Stars at Plush

Canadian band Stars makes pleasant pop music that belongs in the sky. Perhaps that’s where their name comes from — its fluid sound is like a long gaze at the moon on a clear night. They recently released The North via ATO Records, and they’ll be in St. Louis with Diamond Rings and California Wives … Read more

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Our Most Anticipated Albums (Quarter 3)

Dirty Projectors album art courtesy of Domino While much of the country is in a drought, we are not want for new music during the summer months. Your grass might be brown, and your air conditioner might be bending under the burden of 100 degree weather, but your new album release cup runneth over. Don’t … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Stars – We Don’t Want Your Body

I saw Stars in concert several years ago in a cramped basement venue that reeked of B.O. It was a weird show; the ethereal quality of the band’s indie pop battled against the dark underground, the small space, the unpleasant smell. But when it played its breakthrough hit “Your Ex-Lover Is Dead” (huge at the time, … Read more