I've got a whole city to hold down

August 05, 2005

Sweet nothing

Have we told you lately that we love you?

Have we told you there's no one above you?

Thanks for making Chicagomuzik yr local-music muckrake of choice, and for making July '05 our biggest month ever.

(Evah evah, evah evah, evah evah ... !)

Zine scene

Back before there were blogs, kids, there were zines. And they were good.

Recent haps on the Chicago zine scene:

There's a new edition of Galactic Zoo Dossier, mostly authored by Mister Plastic Crimewave (of psych outfit Plastic Crimewave Sound, acourse, and also those way-cool little comix lately buried in the Reader's section four, the ones about obscure old local musicians). You can buy it from Drag City, or at next week's Empty Bottle release party where Oneida, Kinski and the Crimewave are slated to play (8/17).

In other news, the whippersnapper mag Love, Chicago has gone electron. They're taking the local angle on writing about music, fashion, art and drinking (and really, what else is there?) at

Finally but not leastly, that low hum you hear is the stealthy approach of Hit It Or Quit It #18. The Jessica Hopper-helmed zine promises to pop off on Miranda July, the Hold Steady and, like, other stuff.

August 04, 2005

Study hall

Essay questions:
1. Why does Chuck look for Sylvester under the dresser? How big do you imagine the dresser to be?
2. In chapter four, what does Sylvester mean by “a tear fell up out my eye?”
3. When Sylvester’s wife is describing the string of friends that led to the policeman, who is Tina and where does she fit into anything?

August 03, 2005


Been a while since we did one of these, so let's run down a bunch of new shows. Link to the applicable clubs/venues can be found in the column at right.

Abbey Pub - Black Dice (9/23)

Allstate Arena - Nine Inch Nails w/ Queens of the Stone Age (10/7), Gwen Stefani w/ Black Eyed Peas (10/28)

Black Orchid - Liz Phair (acoustic, 8/24-26 - a surefire series of train wrecks that are already sold out)

Chicago Theatre - Bonnie Raitt (11/4)

Double Door - Eisley (8/18), Institute w/ Gavin Rossdale (8/24), Fu Manchu (9/2), Bob Schneider (9/17), Athlete w/ Matt Pond PA (9/21), Ike Reilly (10/15), the BellRays (10/26), the Detroit Cobras w/ Reigning Sound (11/19)

Hideout - Deadstring Brothers (new Bloodshot signees, 9/10)

Martyrs - Chris Whitley (8/6), Blue Rodeo w/ the Damnwells (9/24), Project/Object (10/21-22)

Metro - The 8/6 Brendan Benson show has been postponed to 9/15. New adds include Hank Williams III (8/16), and Aqualung w/ the Perishers and Tracy Bonham (9/9).

Park West - Antony & the Johnsons w/ CocoRosie (10/4), Tortoise & Daniel Lanois (10/10)

Riviera Theatre - Arcade Fire (9/28), Coheed & Cambria w/ Blood Brothers (10/1)

Schubas - Raul Malo (10/22)

UIC Pavilion - My Chemical Romance w/ Alkaline Trio (9/18)