| Apr 25, 2012
UPDATE: THE POLLS HAVE CLOSED. CHECK BACK LATER THIS WEEK TO FIND OUT WHO MADE THE FINAL 4!
After 9 years of facing off Chicago bands in our Rock ‘n’ Vote competition, you might think the city would run out of strong candidates.
You would be...
| Apr 23, 2012
Good news: You can still get tickets to Fiona Apple's concert July 10 at Chicago Theatre ($45-$75).
Great news: The wait is over for new material from the singer-songwriter, whose first album since 2005's "Extraordinary Machine," "The Idler Wheel is...
| Apr 23, 2012
| 9:00 PM
Seven years without a peep, and this is what we get, Fiona? Well played, you wonderfully spooky, tortured woman, you.
With two months left to go until the release of her forthcoming album "The Idler Wheel is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and...
| Apr 25, 2012
| 4:21 PM
The music of Arcade Fire and The Shins comes to mind when first listening to Moostache's self-titled debut EP, released in October 2011. However, the Huntington Beach quartet had difficulty establishing a genre for itself.
"It has a very versatile sound,...
| Jul 12, 2009
Jonathan Ames may be the closest thing our generation gets to Norman Mailer. Literally a literary pugilist -- his essay of a boxing bout with another writer is included -- he's got an ever-present, outsized sense of himself. He's willing to have...
| Feb 12, 2009
How many music video directors can say their work is part of a permanent museum collection? Mark Romanek's music videos have won three Grammys, about two dozen MTV awards and a place of honor in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
He is now trying...
| Nov 29, 2008
The bounty of new holiday albums is impressive -- little else is selling, the thinking seems to be, so let's see if Santa and Rudolph can salvage the end of the year. This year's batch is suitably diverse, many hurriedly assembled as a seasonal bonus...
| May 24, 2008
Mike Andrews, the producer of Inara George's new album, "An Invitation," calls it "the father-and-daughter record she never got to make." That might sound strange to students of Los Angeles rock history, who know that the singer's father, Lowell George,...
| Jun 9, 2008
One big difference between the Largo nightclub's new location on La Cienega Boulevard and its longtime home on Fairfax was illustrated during Jon Brion's late show on Friday. In the middle of a lively, tango-style instrumental, the guitar-wielding Brion...
| Jun 24, 2008
"Largo" the movie is a lot like Largo the club. The lighting is low, its attention is 100% on the performers and it doesn't make things easy for its customers.
"I don't really know what the audience would be," says the film's producer and co-director,...
| May 18, 2008
JON BRION'S last night at Largo was epic. The singer-songwriter's free-for-all Fridays at the tiny Fairfax Avenue nightclub had been drawing capacity crowds for more than a decade, but his May 2 show was historic: his final turn before owner Mark Flanagan...
| Jul 8, 2008
Beck "Modern Guilt" (DGC Records)
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There are many probable reasons Beck made "Modern Guilt," his concise yet deliberately cosmic collaboration with fellow shaggy pop auteur Danger Mouse. He's finishing up a long contract with his record label; he...