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The Treatment

Friday 8 THE SOUTHLAND It’s hard to keep track of all the crimes against taste this LA quintet commits on its debut, Influence of Geography (Ruffworld), between the rampant AORisms (“They’re neon, the signs, they’re burning in your eyes”) and “Radio,” which uses drug addicts and homeless people as a lyrical backdrop for twentysomething drama. […]

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Zion I, One.Be.Lo

On True and Livin’ (Live Up), the Oakland duo ZION I makes soulful hip-hop that favors acoustic sounds over electronics, thoughtfulness over braggadocio, and spirit-enhancing grooves over testosterone-fueled beats. Rather than use the overreaching, too-clever rhyme schemes popular among underground rappers, MC Zion delivers straightforward, introspective lyrics, and producer Amp Live creates lush and jazzy […]

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The Treatment

Friday 3 BERTRAND RUSSELL’S CAPITAL T See Saturday. Jonathan Chen and Phillip Schulze will be joined here by Tatsu Aoki and Virgil Moorefield. Julia Miller and the Lucy Davis & Jamie Kempkers Duo open. 9 PM, Heaven Gallery, 1550 N. Milwaukee, second floor, 773-342-4597, $5 suggested donation. All ages. BLUEPRINT He’s produced albums for Illogic […]

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The Treatment

Friday 20 AD ASTRA PER ASPERA Cubic Zirconia (Big Brown Shark), the 2004 EP from this Kansas band, isn’t really as difficult as some reviewers seem to think. The pop surfaces that cushion its bendy turns and sudden springs are comfy, friendly, and familiar, like an heirloom sofa with big cabbage-rose upholstery–the metaphorical couch in […]