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Four Horns, One Siren: Black Bear Combo and the Rebecca Sullivan Quintet

Posted December 22, 2010 | 11:00:02 (EST)

On a frigid December night I squeezed into the Sub T Lounge in Wicker Park to warm up beneath the undulating Balkan rhythms of Black Bear Combo. A major player in the brass-band renaissance that's taken over Chicago's alternative music scene, Black Bear is a six-man outfit that infuses eastern-European...

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Bossa to Brass: Jazz with Paulinho Garcia, Grazyna Auguscik and Brian O'Hern's Model Citizens

Posted November 19, 2010 | 12:41:47 (EST)

It's been a while since I've blogged; for those of you who may have missed me, I have a pretty good excuse. I've been living part-time in Tuscany while researching the culture of bareback horseracing that prevails in one of its leading cities. The result is my next book, Seven...

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BoyGirlBoyGirl Visit The Flesh Market

Posted February 12, 2010 | 11:25:16 (EST)

The multiple billing of monologuists in a single revue is a great idea, but nothing new. What may be new--it's certainly new to me--is the formation of monologuists into performing collectives, who function like a theatre company. One such is BoyGirlBoyGirl, who despite the rather adamant specificity of their name...

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Sons of the Never Wrong Make It Right In Evanston

Posted December 16, 2009 | 14:03:36 (EST)

On a mild mid-November night I ventured up to SPACE in Evanston with my friend and colleague Judy Raddue for a show by the po-mo folk trio Sons of the Never Wrong -- not the first for either of us (far from it), but the first we'd attended together. There...

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Crosstown Cool With the Maya Jensen Quartet and Tony do Rosario

Posted October 1, 2009 | 13:42:47 (EST)

As autumn creeps in, I find myself scrambling to see as many live performances as I can, in the knowledge that just a few months down the road, when the temperature bottoms out and my blood has the consistency of a Slurpee, I won't be as keen on leaving the...

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Booty (Re)Call With Typhanie Monique

Posted September 18, 2009 | 12:08:38 (EST)

Typhanie Monique was stoked. Booty Movement Coalition usually plays the last Monday of every month; but they'd missed July, so there was two months worth of pent-up funk in Monique's bloodstream, and she was showing it. As she prowled the floor at Martyr's just prior to the show, she...

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The Joy of Jill & Julia

Posted September 11, 2009 | 15:57:05 (EST)

Jill Sobule and Julia Sweeney might not at first seem an ideal show-business team; the experiential divide between comics and musicians is sufficiently wide that you rarely find them even attempting to forge a bond. (That Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis remain the most successful such duo isn't exactly inspirational.)...

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Mad Cow by Moonlight: Mucca Pazza Enchants Evanston

Posted July 31, 2009 | 22:04:47 (EST)

Ah, summer in Chicago! You can scarcely go out for a quart of milk and a Redeye without being serenaded by live music from street fairs, ethnic fests, block parties, and concerts-in-the-parks. If you time it right, a leisurely stroll around your 'hood can be a crash course in western...

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