Chicagomuzik

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August 10, 2005

Quote of the week

The News: Seeking to shed the baggage of its bad name, Clear Channel Communications announced yesterday that its Chicago concert promotions operation will now be known as Elevated Concerts.

The Quote, from Jam Productions co-founder Jerry Mickelson in the Sun-Times: "I wonder if the new concert company was aptly named due to 'Elevated Ticket Prices'?"

JimDeRo has the whole story.

August 09, 2005

Concertwatch

New at Metro: Stellastarr* (9/13), Estrojam presents Brazilian Girls et al (9/24), MIA (9/28)

Schubas: Feist (9/7-8), Dressy Bessy (9/13), Heavenly States (9/28), Earlimart (10/2), John Vanderslice (10/8), Raul Malo (10/22)

Sonotheque: DJs Aesop Rock and John Darnielle of Mountain Goats (8/12)

Update: The 8/11 Marc Cohn/Suzanne Vega show at Navy Pier has been postponed due to (and how often will I get a chance to write this?) the headliner being shot in the head during a botched carjacking yesterday.

New from Jam: Indigo Girls (Park West, 9/18-20), Beck (Riviera, 9/20-21), Doves (Riviera, 9/27), Antony & the Johnsons (Park West, 10/4), David Gray (Chicago Theatre, 10/12), Death Cab for Cutie (Riviera, 10/12), James McMurtry (Martyrs, 10/14-15), Thrice (Riviera, 10/21), Henry Rollins (spoken word, Vic, 11/2)

Chart watching

Dusted Magazine, the Chicago-based music Webzine, very quietly and consistently puts together some fine writing and reviews without getting the shine of, say, Popdork or even Stylus. In certain circles, though, Dusted is known less for its crit, interviews and frequent artist lists than for its college radio charts, which offer a scrappy alternative to the CMJ goliath.

The local scene figures prominently in the current chart - and, actually, so does Chicago in general, thanks to Sufjan Stevens, whose Illinois album has held down the top spot for three weeks running.

Locals on the latest list include Pelican (#7), Fruit Bats (15) and Smog (30). Others with local connections include Drag City’s Pajo (21) and the John McEntire-produced, Soma-recorded Teenage Fanclub disc (29).

Three Chicago-area college radio outlets - Loyola's WLUW, Northwestern's WNUR, and Triton College's WRRG - are among the 44 stations whose weekly reports combine to form Dusted's Top 40. Though Dusted unfortunately doesn't print each station's report, you can hop to the respective outlets' sites to view NUR's Top 30 and RRG's too. (LUW doesn't appear to publish its report online.)