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Grandeur and Grandiosity

SUEDE DOG MAN STAR (NUDE/COLUMBIA) You almost have to love Suede just for their over-the-top ambitions. No other band today attempts the operatic scope and swooping grandeur that the lads from the London exurb of Haywards Heath aim for. On their much-hyped 1993 debut, a fine interim EP called Stay Together, and their new full-length […]

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Baseball, Motherhood, and Punk

SHELLAC, MX-80, TAR, SIX FINGER SATELLITE LOGAN SQUARE AUDITORIUM, SEPTEMBER 4 A sign tacked up in the women’s bathroom of the Logan Square Auditorium says that the hall is available for “weddings, anniversaries, showers, fashion shows, parties, private functions, fundraising, etc.” I guess the Pine Tar .406, a musical extravaganza put on by local indie-rock […]

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Been There, Done That

BLUR PARKLIFE (SBK) Under the heading of Things That Annoy Me, overdone British accents would have to be right up there near the top of the list. On Blur’s latest album, Parklife, Damon Albarn’s accent is just about as grating as that of Q101’s shrill and omnipresent Samantha James. I don’t have anything against British […]