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Friday 14 CAKE When these novelty rockers released their Caucasoid flattening of “I Will Survive” ten years ago, sobersides dismissed them as a one-joke wonder. Turns out the joke was on the naysayers. Cake is a gag that not only survives but thrives. They’re still recording for Columbia and have a live disc due this […]

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John Hiatt

After the guitar-heavy rock of 2003’s Beneath This Gruff Exterior, John Hiatt decamped to Memphis’s Ardent Studios with producer Jim Dickinson, where he made last year’s more song-oriented Master of Disaster (New West). Recorded with the help of Muscle Shoals bassist David Hood and Dickinson’s sons Cody and Luther–two-thirds of roots rockers the North Mississippi […]

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Chicago Country Music Festival

The only themed programming among Taste of Chicago’s music offerings, the Country Music Festival returns with good news and bad. The bad news is that many of the top-billed acts are contemporary country radio staples–Sunday’s headliners in particular will likely deliver hours of overcooked, rock-driven ballads and stompers. But the fest’s organizers have shown some […]

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Friday 30 GO-GO’S What’s most remarkable about the Go-Go’s touring on the 25th anniversary of Beauty and the Beat isn’t that they’re still around 25 years later (if mostly confined to the casino/Six Flags circuit), but that in that time only one other group of women who actually played instruments–the Bangles–have achieved anything like their […]

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Intonation Music Festival

Last year’s inaugural Intonation Music Festival was a collaboration between indie-rock Web site Pitchfork, concert promoter and musician Mike Reed, and event-planning company Skyline Chicago, but despite the festival’s spectacular success its organizers split up before the start of planning for the 2006 installment. Pitchfork and Reed have launched the Pitchfork Music Festival, which debuts […]

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The Treatment

Friday 2 BE YOUR OWN PET This Nashville quartet seems determined to make punk rock sound fun again, without sacrificing a sense of musical adventurousness. The short, raucous, and playful tunes on their latest EP, Summer Sensation (Ecstatic Peace), are hardcore without the grim political machismo, garage rock without the self-righteous authenticity fetish, and emo […]