I've got a whole city to hold down

July 02, 2004


New at the Empty Bottle: Mountain Goats w/ John Vanderslice (10/2-3).

New at Schubas: Ken Stringfellow (inaugurating the Schubas Upstairs DJ and performance series, 7/30), Jesse Harris w/ Jules Shear (7/30), Archer Prewitt (8/14), Kevn Kinney w/ David Zollo (8/26), Chris Mills w/ Brandon Butler (9/2).

Harold gets his groove on

Friday night throughout the summer, the South Side's new Harold Washington Cultural Center is playing host to a concert series dubbed the Neo-Soul Explosion. Though there's no gig tonight or next week, the series resumes 7/16 with De La Soul and continues through the end of August with scheduled appearances by Van Hunt, Kenny Lattimore, Rahsaan Patterson and others.

July 01, 2004

Steel Guitar Considered

Posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld

Tuesday's All Things Considered program featured a segment on Bloodshot artist Jon Rauhouse (you can listen to it here). Also singled out for praise were the vocal stylings of Miss Kelly Hogan.

We're #8!

Posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld

Wilco nabbed their first Top Ten, charting at #8 on this week's Billboard list after selling 81,00 copies of A Ghost Is Born in its first week of release.

If you're keeping score at home, YHF sold 55,000 copies in charting at #13 in its debut week.

June 30, 2004

Wake me when something happens

So it's been a little quiet around Chicagomuzikland. That's because just about nothing interesting is going on at the moment, at least from where we sit - care to contradict? Until we've got something of substance to chip in, we're looking to you loyal readers to entertain us - take it to the comments!

June 29, 2004

Rock Talk Alert

Tonight on Sound Opinions, Kot and DeRogatis debate the recent slabs from the Beasties, Streets, PJ Harvey and Brian Wilson. As always, that's 10 to midnight on XRT.

June 28, 2004

Papers on Patti's politics

Patti Smith's "two-hour set [at Navy Pier last Thursday] was loosely organized around a protest theme that had genuine moments of insight and power," wrote Greg Kot in the Tribune. "But by the end of the night, Smith's viewpoints about President Bush, the war in Iraq and the forthcoming election smacked of overkill, if not preaching to the converted."

The Sun-Times stung even harder: "Considering such realities as a runaway war, disappearing civil liberties and the corrosive effects of corporatization on nearly every aspect of American life, Smith's songs can be comfort and encouragement," Anders Smith Lindall wrote. "But if they want to make change, folks of Smith's mind-set need to hear more, and do more, than that."


New at Schubas: Marah (8/6), the Waxwings with Paper Airplane Pilots (8/20), Slim Cessna's Auto Club (8/24).