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May 07, 2004

It's Wilco's world, we're just...

Although everyone who cares about this has been mumbling the info under their breath for days now, here's the scoop on tix for the 6/12 Wilco show at the Vic:

Via 5/11, 10am
Via T********** 5/12, 10am
Via the Vic box office: 5/15, 10am

Jam sez: "All tickets for this show are will call only and non-transferable. 2 ticket limit."

Oh yeah and the band is playing two shows at Otto's in DeKalb, May 19 and 20. Tickets went on sale yesterday so we're sure they're sold out by now. What did a wise man once say? That's right, this sure as shit ain't no Lounge Ax, people.

Update: Wilcoworld's allotted tix for the Vic show sold out in less than half an hour. While we're here, might as well pass along Jeff Tweedy's first post-rehab interview (from the LA Times, which offers much of its online content to paying subscribers only). Finally, the Minus 5's Down With Wilco is now available (with bonus tracks) on 180 gram vinyl.

Update II: It's 10:07 and T********** tix for the Vic show are gone. For those still on the outside looking in, here's a much better version of Tweedy's chat with that LA Times/ scribe.


New at Metro: Fiery Furnaces w/ Ponys (6/17), Molemen (6/18).

Schubas: The New Year (ex-Bedhead, 7/15-16), the Minders (7/31).

Jam: Keane w/ Matt Pond PA (Martyrs, 6/10), Styx (Vic, 8/3, you know you'll be there).

Notes: Ralph Stanley has dropped off the 5/8 Great High Mountain bill at the Civic Opera House. The 7/19 Van Halen show at the UC is sold out, and a second show (7/20) has been added. And the 5/14 Andrew W.K. gig has been moved from the Vic to the Bottom Lounge. (How far the mighty have fallen, no?)

May 03, 2004

Lollapalooza hits Tweeter

Though an official announcement has yet to be made, it appears that Lollapalooza's local stop will happen July 29 and 30 at Tweeter Center in Tinley Park. The two-day lineup includes Morrissey, Sonic Youth, PJ Harvey (select dates only), Le Tigre, Modest Mouse, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, the Von Bondies, Broken Social Scene, the Walkmen, Wolf Eyes, Danger Mouse, Datsuns, Sparta and DJ Peretz on Day One, and String Cheese Incident, the Flaming Lips, Gomez, the Polyphonic Spree, the Thrills, the Fire Theft, the Coup, Sound Tribe Sector 9, Elbow, and Wheat on Day Two.

Update: Tickets for these dates go on sale at noon on May 15.

Weekend reviews

Blondie (HOB, Sunday): “The band cashes in on New Wave nostalgia,” says Josh Klein in the Trib.

Mary J. Blige (Arie Crown, Saturday): In the Trib, Bob Gendron says she was “a 90-minute hurricane” that “transformed rejection into empowerment and painful struggle into spirituality.” Sun-Times freelancer Brian Orloff called the show “consistently entertaining and sometimes salacious.”

The Art Ensemble of Chicago (Mandel Hall, Friday): “As majestic, sonorous and charismatic as the band had been 32 years earlier, perhaps more so,” claims the Trib’s Howard Reich. The S-T’s Kevin Whitehead was much less impressed, calling the group “creatively exhausted.”

Nelly Furtado (Vic, Friday): Sun-Times freelancer Anders Smith Lindall says “Furtado was trying to strike a balance between the compulsion to push her sound in half a dozen directions at once and the comfortable allure of just being a pop star.”

Graham Parker (Martyrs, Friday): The gig "demonstrated [that] age can be a renewable source of inspiration instead of a road sign for self-parody and irrelevance," says the Daily Herald's Mark Guarino.

And then there was the Coachella festival, which Greg Kot describes as “an idyllic oasis of sight and sound.” If you attended, we’d like to hear your report in the comments below.

May 02, 2004

Music conference to cross Congress picket line

A fledging music industry conference organized by the Morrissey Group - the Barrington-based owners of - will cross the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees (HERE) union picket line at the Congress Hotel later this month.

Billed as the Musician's Education and Career Advancement (MECA) conference and scheduled for May 12-15, the event will host panels, workshops and showcases for performers and biz types, according to its website. That site neglects to mention, however, that Congress Hotel employees have been on strike for nearly a year since management unilaterally and illegally slashed its workers' wages and health insurance.