I've got a whole city to hold down

February 25, 2005

Pitchfork joins summer festival crowd

What could be more Chicago than the summer music festival? What could be more corny-indie-rock than Pitchfork? And what could be more natural than uniting the two?

Uh ... Okay, we're not sure where that's going either.

But the dish is this: Pitchfork is curating a two-day outdoor music fest, set for Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17, on multiple stages at Pulaski Park in West Town.

Saturday night, live

From Sam Hunt at Dusted mag:

"As the result of an unfortunate series of events, the Empty Bottle found themselves with only one band to play this coming Saturday night [that's tomorrow, 2/26]. Fortunately this void will be (hopefully) filled by an evening of music provided by the Chicago-based staff of Dusted Magazine. Dusted writers (including myself, Stephen Sowley, Nate Hogan, Emily Wanderer, Joel Calahan, possibly Emerson Dameron, Bill Meyer, and who knows who else), will be spinning the, uh, platters that matter for the better part of the night."

Da Mare: Nothing better to do

We here at Chicagomuzikblog are so glad to know that Mayor Richard M. Daley (or rather his staff) has no higher priority than to issue an executive proclamation dubbing Sunday, Feb. 27, Kanye West Day.

In honor of the occasion, WGCI has planned an event at HOB with Common, Do Or Die et al.

February 24, 2005

Donate Now

Posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld

For those who haven't been paying attention, the latest WLUW Pledge Drive has been going on since last week, and ends tomorrow. Click here to donate.

Lazlo practices what he preaches, he gave last week.


New at House of Blues: Iron & Wine (4/20)

February 23, 2005

Chicago Can't Stop This

Can't Stop Won't Stop is the just-dropped hip-hop history book from West Coast scholar, author, record-label founder and rap critic Jeff Chang. Head or not, anyone interested in hip-hop culture should dig this book. Check a review and Chang's site, then mark your calendar for one week from tonight: On Wednesday, March 2, Chang will be here in the Chi "for a discussion about Can't Stop Won't Stop, hip-hop, art and activism at the legendary Three Walls."

Update: Bob Mehr writes to say his Reader column this week will feature an interview with Chang.


New from Jam: Joseph Arthur (Double Door, 3/31), Basia (Chicago Theatre, 4/6), the Wailers (Park West, 4/14), Kelly Clarkson (Rosemont Theatre, 4/14), Tori Amos (Auditorium Theatre, 4/15), Medeski Martin & Wood (Vic, 4/15), Paul Van Dyk (Riv, 4/16), Hydra feat. Mickey Hart and Particle (Vic, 4/16), Kasey Chambers (Vic, 4/23), Snow Patrol (Vic, 5/12).

New at Metro: Phoenix w/ Dogs Die in Hot Cars (4/10), Gang of Four (5/11-12), Autechre (5/13).

New at Double Door: Melissa Ferrick w/ Garrison Starr (4/22), Alternative Comedy Night w/ Schadenfreude and Funny Ha-Ha (4/27), Kathleen Edwards (5/18).

Hey Chicago

Yeah we're still here. A weekend, a holiday, and a day in which Internet access was beyond spotty have kept this thing static since Friday, but believe it, that all changes today.