I've got a whole city to hold down

February 18, 2005

More SXSW Parties

Posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld

Also at Yard Dog, Bloodshot will be hosting their SXSW party on 3/18. Beginning at noon, you can catch performances by Devil in a Woodpile, Jon Langford and the Sexy, Dollar Store, the Meat Purveyors, Nora O'Connor, Rex Hobart and the Misery Boys, Jim and Jennie and the Pinetops, Scott H. Biram, and the Waco Brothers among others. The beer is free (while it lasts....hint, it'll be long gone by the time the Wacos hit the stage). Their showcase is the following night at the Parish, featuring (in order) Nine Pound Hammer, The Meat Purveyors, Devil in a Woodpile, Jim & Jennie and The Pinetops, Bobby Bare Jr. and the Waco Brothers.

More Schubas at SXSW

Previously we gave you an early peek at the lineup for the annual Schubas party at South by Southwest in Austin. The venue has just released the full roster; new additions are Baby Teeth, Catfish Haven, the Crimea, David Singer and Nada Surf. Those leaked last week are Dogs Die In Hot Cars, Lou Barlow, By Divine Right, Micah P. Hinson, Natural History, Robbers On High Street, and Willy Mason. It all goes down Thursday, March 17, from noon to 7:00 p.m. at the Texas capitol's Yard Dog Gallery.

KoC @ Schubas

Just announced...

An Evening With...
Kings Of Convenience
This Monday - 6:30 p.m. - All Ages - $12
Tickets available now at the Schubas site.

February 17, 2005

Biz 3, Buck 65: The poop, the scoop

Biz 3 presshound Ben Fasman corresponds: "alas, buck [65] isn't playing our party on march 11th. damn shame, but we'll get him back here sometime soon, though. for sure. he actually recorded most of the new album (due out in summer) with john herndon / mcentire and the rest of the tortoise crew."

Fact (according to the Biz 3 page aforementioned) is: "March 11th @ Sonotheque. ... It's going to be A-Trak (yes, THAT A-Trak....Kanye West's DJ and 5 time world champion DJ...that means he's a better deejay than anyone you're probably ever going to meet) and Diplo (you know, one half of Hollertronix, who have successfully thrown the most bangin parties in the country, hands down, for the past couple of years). Yep, both of the same place. It's going to be some of the best party-rockingness you will witness. If you don't believe me, then you're stupid, because I don't lie."

Chicago shine

Last week we posted the Pazz and Jop poll ballots of the Chicago crit contingent. Among them was Punk Planet contributor Jessica Hopper, who is now posting to her blog info about the more obscure, Chi-centric picks from that list. First subject: Weather, starring Roby Newton (ex-Milemarker).

Talking with Nora O'Connor has an interview with Chicago songbird Nora O'Connor, who dropped a dandy folk-rock-soul disc, Til the Dawn, on ye olde Bloodshot Records last year. (Which label, by the way, has a newly redesigned Inter-Web locale.)

February 16, 2005


New at Double Door: The Raveonettes (5/11).

New at the Hideout: Handsome Family (2/22, advance tickets available at the bar).

New from Jam: Josh Rouse w/ Amy Correia (Park West, 5/1), Bob Dylan w/ Merle Haggard and Amos Lee (Auditorium Theatre, April 1, 2, 3, 5, and 6), Ed Harcourt (Schubas, 4/16), Yo La Tengo (Vic, 4/21), Maktub (Martyrs, 4/28), the Killers (Riviera, 5/11).

New at Metro: The Tossers (3/12), Ray LaMontagne (4/4), Ash (4/8), Built to Spill w/ Mike Johnson (5/7-8).

A Valentine For Hilary Duff

Posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld

I know what you're always saying about us. Why are we always so serious and cranky? Where's the fun, mindless discussion of the trials & travails of an Ashley Olsen or a Lindsay Lohan? Well, that all ends today. Because we'll be talking about Hilary Duff.

Well, kind of talking about Hilary Duff. See, if you go to The Changes' website, and click on the lovely photo of Ms. Duff, you are treated to an mp3 of Modern Love (Hilary Duff version), which is the sweet sounds of The Changes' music in the background while a voice-over gives a brief history of Hilary's career trajectory in a creepy near monotone. Well worth your 5 minutes to get you to crack a smile after the 3rd person at work today infuriates you with a stupid question that they should already know the answer to, leading you to want to go punch a storage cabinet to blow off steam.....not that I'm speaking from personal experience, of course.

In other Changes news, if you're bored this Saturday night you can always go have a good time at the Life During Wartime dance party at the Hideout, where Changes singer/guitarist Darren Spitzer will be performing solo as part of the festivities.

February 15, 2005

Rock Talk Alert

Tonight on Sound Opinions: The Best of New Local Music - Jim and Greg round up the best Rock, R&B, and Hip Hop albums from Chicago music scene. That's 10 to midnight on WXRT.

February 14, 2005

Chicago Grammy roundup

Kanye West took home three trophies and Wilco two, topping the list of local winners at last night's Grammy awards. Chicago legends Mavis Staples and Pinetop Perkins earned notice on the telecast, too; Staples performed, Perkins received a lifetime achievement award.

What's more, "West was responsible for the most compelling performance," Mark Guarino writes in the Daily Herald. "In a tribute to gospel music, he was paired with fellow Chicagoan Mavis Staples, the Blind Boys of Alabama and his former musical director, John Legend, for a medley that culminated with his song 'Jesus Walks' in which he emerged wearing angel wings."

The Trib's Greg Kot says "it was a disappointing night for 10-time-nominee Kanye West, the South Side native and triple-threat rapper-songwriter-producer who took home three awards but was shut out in the major categories. The biggest upset was in the best new artist category, where West lost to frat-pop lightweights Maroon 5, and for song of the year, where the rapper's instant classic "Jesus Walks" was beaten by John Mayer's tepid 'Daughters.' ... West's acceptance speech for best rap album crackled with tension, given the rapper's petulant comments after he was snubbed at the American Music Awards last year. Instead, he demonstrated the humor that punctuates his debut album, The College Dropout. 'Everybody wanted to know what I'd do if I didn't win,' he said, and then, while holding his award aloft, added, 'I guess we'll never know.'"

But Jim DeRogatis, who actually attended the awards, spun things differently in the Sun-Times--maybe revealing how those covering a televised event on TV (as Guarino and Kot did) are in effect seeing a completely different event than the one taking place in the venue itself. "In terms of establishing himself as a musical force to be reckoned with and the artist that everyone was talking about," DeRogatis reports, "the evening belonged to Chicago native and hip-hop innovator Kanye West. The triple-threat rapper, producer and songwriter claimed only three of the almost-unprecedented 10 nominations stemming from his debut album ... [b]ut West stopped the show with his uplifting performance of the hit 'Jesus Walks' ... and his acceptance speech for best rap album was one of the most memorable in Grammy history."