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A Man Called (Self) Destruction -- The Life and Music of Alex Chilton

Binky Philips | Posted 06.11.2014 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

When I was running the East Village record store, St Mark's Sounds in the 1980s, Alex Chilton's EP, "Like Flies On Sherbert" [sic] was a record we'd throw on the turntable when we wanted to drive 80+ people crazy on a Saturday afternoon.

'That '70s Show' Reunion Alert!

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 10.09.2013 | TV

While a "Friends" reunion may be the talk of TV lately, anyone hoping for a "That '70s Show" gathering may have been met with a welcome surprise if th...

Paris Nights, Soul Fighting and Foot Excitement: Conversations with Christopher Cross, Jonny Lang and Tommy Keene

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.13.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"People say that the internet democratized music, which it did in that it allows people to make records without getting the hallowed record deal, because you have all these home studios and stuff. The problem is marketing yourself."

Hidden Gifts: Remembering Mark Heard

Kevin Belmonte | Posted 09.11.2013 | Entertainment
Kevin Belmonte

A few nights back, I watched a new documentary that chronicles the rise and demise of the rock band Big Star. Nothing Can Hurt Me was a powerful film -- by turns riveting and tragic in its exploration of what might have been for an incredibly talented group.

May Music Mayhem

Dusty Wright | Posted 07.23.2013 | Arts
Dusty Wright

It may seem that I'm diggin' in the dirt. Gettin' back to my punk rock roots. Well, some of my favorite new music does seem a wee bit primal, oui? And some of it is even out this world. But all of this music is party playlist-worthy for any weekend getaway.

Lovesick Blues: A Conversation with Chris Stamey

Mike Ragogna | Posted 04.27.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

I think that when I was a kid and was first trying to write music, I would sit at a really nice piano and write what I thought of as classical pieces, although they weren't really. They were instrumental.

Folking Around Onstage With Kathleen Edwards

Michael Bialas | Posted 10.10.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

Canada's Kathleen Edwards, one of the featured performers scheduled to appear at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons, Colorado next week, answered a few questions related to the festival and performing live, while also revealing one of her hidden talents.

Promising Promises and Falling Out Of The Sky: Conversations With Jon McLaughlin and The dBs' Peter Holsapple

Mike Ragogna | Posted 07.18.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 02.22.2012 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week we review albums by Neil Young, Bronski Beat, Cheap Trick, Hafdis Huld, The Beatles, and other artists.

Imperfect Circle: R.E.M. Sums Up A Career In 40 Songs

Tony Sachs | Posted 01.15.2012 | Entertainment
Tony Sachs

I can think of few other artists who have changed their sound so radically, so many times. "Gardening At Night," from 1982, doesn't sound anything like "Everybody Hurts," from 1992.

Big Star's Food Truck Failed Inspection, Will It Go Rogue?

Time Out Chicago | Posted 12.06.2011 | Chicago

The truck in Big Star's parking lot isn't supposed to be a tease. The fact that it's been sitting there, idle, for weeks is the result of high hopes: ...

Sweetheart Of The Sun & Modern Art: Chatting With The Bangles' Susanna Hoffs and Matthew Sweet

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"I think the culture today is very, very different from what it was in the '60s, and I feel lucky that I grew up at a time when I had these very strong female role models. They were strong women, but their power was very much connected to their creativity and their voice."

Chicago’s Best Beer Gardens: Wicker Park Edition

| Ashley Henshaw | Posted 08.22.2011 | Chicago

Some may write off Wicker Park as a hipster haven, but there is no questioning the trendsetting tendencies of the 'hood. Whether you're catching a sho...

Publican, Big Star Team Up For 'The Bruery'

| Lauren Drell | Posted 06.14.2011 | Chicago

Can't decide between the Publican and Big Star? Now you can have your pork belly (and ceviche) and eat it too. That's because for one night only, the ...

Collapse Into Now: A Conversation with R.E.M.'s Mike Mills

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

To me, all R.E.M. albums feel like concept albums because they are so rich and well thought out. Here, R.E.M.'s Mike Mills discusses the band's creative process.

Ken Stringfellow Masters the Disciplines of Rocking Out

Tony Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tony Sachs

With an absolutely ferocious, borderline-insane live show that's been talked about all over Europe for the last couple of years, the Disciplines are no longer a side project. They're a real band.

One More Once: A Listen Back at the Records That Made 2010 More Bearable

Tony Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tony Sachs

As a cranky, sleep-deprived new parent in the throes of box sets by hipsters, I declared (on Twitter, no less) that there was absolutely no need for me to hear Kanye's latest magnum opus. Until I heard a track on YouTube.

Big Star Celebrates Anniversary With Music, Special Menu

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Wicker Park's beloved Big Star celebrates its one-year anniversary Monday with a special menu and a customized Goose Island bew. The anniversary par...

Big Star Getting Enclosed Patio For Winter

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Many Chicagoans spent countless hours this summer on Big Star's patio. Sipping Tecate with friends while sharing perfect guacamole and tacos al pastor...

PHOTOS: Eating (Well) On The Cheap In Chicago

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

You don't have to spend a fortune to eat well in Chicago, and while fine dining gems like Alinea keep winning awards, our cheap fare is getting some a...

Listening Booth 1970: A Conversation With Marc Cohn

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Listening Booth: 1970 is a concept album that compiles Marc Cohn's favorite -- and many would feel greatest -- songs from that year.

Power-Pop Legends The Posies To Release "Blood/Candy," Their First New Album In Five Years

Tony Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tony Sachs

The Posies, who for more than two decades have staked their claim as one of the finest power-pop bands in the world, have announced the upcoming release of their first new album in five years.

PHOTOS: Lollapalooza's AMAZING Food Lineup Revealed

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Lollapalooza's big, impressive lineup has met its match: some of Chicago's best chefs and restaurants are now on board to provide food to festival goe...

HuffPost Review: Neil Young's Illustrated History, Plus a Conversation With Taylor Hanson, and a Q&A with Mathew Vlasic, Sony's President of Archive 1887

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

2010-06-10-neilYoung.jpg Flipping through Long May You Run: The Illustrated History -- a picture perfect documentation of Neil Young's musical story and beyond -- is the equivalent of listening to his music in an altered state.

Author (Still) Unknown: The Brilliant Music and Star-Crossed Career of Jason Falkner

Tony Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tony Sachs

If you amassed a decent music collection during the '90s and '00s, then there's a good chance you own at least one record on which Jason Falkner has played, written or produced.