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Wednesday, April 19, 2006 03:17 am

He’s black and he wears funny hats — what are we supposed to call him?

Van Hunt is the protégé of American Idol judge Randy Jackson, but try to keep an open mind. (Yeah, I know — it’s hard not to declare a pox on all th...
Wednesday, April 19, 2006 09:50 am

Ice-T tears up Club 217 on Saturday; also Abstract Giants and Josh Ritter’s latest

SHOWS-A-GO-GO! The band is big, and the sound is bigger — if only the Abstract Giants could get a break. The eight-member Chicago-based hip-hop band is well known around Chicago...
Thursday, April 13, 2006 01:50 am

Of all of Brazil's wonderfully weird cultural exports, Tom Zé may be the weirdest

They grow ’em weird in Brazil, and of all Brazil’s wonderfully weird cultural exports, Tom Zé may be the weirdest and most wonderful. Z&eacute...
Thursday, April 13, 2006 09:50 am

Sufjan Stevens is back with more Illinoise — and this time Springfield doesn't get the shaft

CD EXCHANGE: You weren’t the only disgruntled Springfield inhabitant who tore the shrink wrap off Illinois, Sufjan Stevens’ ode to the Land of Lincoln, only to find that the sole...
Thursday, April 6, 2006 01:03 am

You may think you don’t know Jules Shear, but you’d be wrong

You might not think you know who Jules Shear is, but you’ve probably heard at least one of his songs. Although the 54-year-old Pittsburgh native has been p...
Thursday, April 6, 2006 10:46 pm

Boss Martians, the Coup, and notable new releases

SHOWS A-GO-GO! You will like the Boss Martians, because Steven Van Zandt likes the Boss Martians. The Seattle foursome won the coveted “Coolest Song of the Year” on Little Steven...
Thursday, March 30, 2006 12:46 pm

Centro-matic can make the same record over and over and never get boring

Will Johnson, Centro-matic’s singer, guitarist, and principal songwriter, is more than a frontman; he’s a frickin’ franchise. Besides cranking out eight ...
Thursday, March 23, 2006 10:30 pm

Kiefer and Kraus are a pair of time-traveling minstrels

Christian Kiefer and Sharron Kraus The Black Dove (Tompkins Square) On their first collaboration, songwriter/brainiacs Christian Kiefer (a Ph.D. candidate in ...
Thursday, March 16, 2006 04:27 pm

Kris Kristofferson has lived enough for 20 men, and he’s not done yet.

Rhodes scholar. Army pilot. Janitor. Singer/songwriter. Drunkard. Movie star. Kris Kristofferson, who turns 70 this year, has lived enough for 20 men, and heR...
Thursday, March 9, 2006 03:39 am

Barzelay’s solo debut: one measly voice and one measly acoustic guitar

Eef Barzelay’s solo debut is exactly that: a solo album, consisting entirely of one measly voice and one measly acoustic guitar (well, almost — one very short ...

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