I've got a whole city to hold down

March 15, 2005

Making its Pitch(fork)

Remember that Pitchfork-curated festival we told you about?

Coming July 16 and 17 at Pulaski Park, it now has a name (the Intonation Music Festival) and a Web site (here) - but no bands yet.

According to the Forkers themselves, "Additional information--including a partial artist lineup--will be revealed at the festival's official launch, taking place in Chicago on April 8 at the next installment of Biz3's monthly party at Sonotheque. On that evening, Pitchfork staffers will spin records alongside some of our friends from The Fader, including Nick Catchdubs."

Guy inducted to Rock Hall

Chicago blues giant Buddy Guy was enshrined last night in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For background on Guy, check our coverage from December, when the inductees list was unveiled.

Here's an idea for a comment thread: Which Chicago musicians do you think have built a career worthy of induction? Are there any younger Chicago artists who might one day reach the HOF plateau? (Or do we just not think like this guy enough to bother caring?)

Rock Talk Alert

Tonight's Sound Opinions: "In honor of St. Patrick's Day, Jim and Greg will discuss Ireland's contribution to rock (and they promise there's more than just U2)." That's 10 to midnight on XRT.

March 14, 2005

Climate change?

It's mid-March and Chicagoans are still mired in midwinter cold and snow. When it comes to relations between local clubs and the city departments that regulate them, however, Greg Kot says the Ice Age may be over.

"After years of mistrust, fear, fines and music-club shutdowns, punctuated by the 2003 disaster at the now-shuttered E2 nightclub that claimed 21 lives, the City of Chicago and its music scene are for the first time taking tangible steps toward building a mutually beneficial relationship," Kot wrote in yesterday's Trib. "A multifaceted dialogue involving city officials, club owners, record-company and studio owners and music-industry veterans has created the Chicago Music Commission, which aims to raise Chicago's profile internationally, turn its musical variety into a major tourist attraction and bring millions of additional dollars into city coffers and businesses. One city official called it the Chicago cultural equivalent of the Czech Republic's 'velvet revolution,' in which the communist regime quietly gave way to the country's first free elections in 40 years."

Update: The commission's Web site isn't exactly promising. Judging by its calendar of "upcoming" events, it hasn't been updated since, oh, November.