Thursday, May 11, 2006 07:34 am

Jolie HollandÂ’s out with her third and best album

When I was 5 or 6 years old, I believed that musicals were real. When the time was right, the people around me would burst into song, and we could finally stop worrying about what to say nex...
Thursday, May 4, 2006 05:11 am

Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs offer familiar favorites, brilliant obscurities

Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs Under the Covers, Vol. 1 (Shout! Factory) When it comes to covers, there are two schools of thought. Adherents of the first try to re-...
Thursday, May 4, 2006 07:02 am

Neil Young for president – and Chicago jams this summer

CD exchange: Neil Young for president. What’s that, you say? Neil Young is Canadian! So Neil Young couldn’t be the leader of our fair democracy, but at least, we can muse, &#8220...
Thursday, April 27, 2006 01:19 am

Sure, Fox Confessor is a tour de force — but that’s not enough

Much has been made of Neko Case’s peerless pipes, and rightly so. Her voice, a resonant contralto, is as loud as a marching band, as bright as church bells, as delicate...
Thursday, April 27, 2006 01:41 pm

Ice-T, the end of Grandaddy, Cee-Lo and Danger Mouse, and hip-hoppers on manhood

Shows-a-Go-Go! Before Law and Order: SVU slapped a badge on Ice-T’s chest, the rapper had Tipper Gore hyperventilating. An original of gang-sta rap and former member of heavy-metal outfit B...
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 RitterÂ’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 ZĂ© 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 donÂ’t know Jules Shear, but youÂ’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...


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