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Pitchfork Music Festival

The second Pitchfork Music Festival is in fact the third such event curated by Pitchfork Media–the Intonation Music Festival, on hiatus this year, was in part Pitchfork’s baby in 2005. Of the 39 artists playing, most are standard-bearers for the kind of indie rock Pitchfork has adopted as its raison d’etre–Cat Power, the New Pornographers, […]

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The Times They Are A-Changin’

When the venerable Old Town School of Folk Music opened its new headquarters last fall, few knew the future of folk music was under debate. But the genre that gripped generations in the 1950s and ’60s is being reinvented in the ’90s. What do we mean now when we talk about folk music? The new […]

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The Mekons hit the road and the road hits back

In the Whirlaway Tavern, near the corner of Kedzie and Fullerton, the conversation between Sally Timms and Jon Langford keeps getting sidetracked by the American Music Awards on television. LeAnn Rimes is holding the last notes of a syrupy song with a sleepy-eyed grin. “A 14-year-old girl,” Timms notes. “Oh, God,” Langford groans. Maria the […]