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friday31 cDADDY YANKEE Puerto Rican reggaeton star Daddy Yankee made his name weaving gangsta iconography into street-smart Spanish raps, and he’s rarely strayed far from that formula. On the recent El Cartel: The Big Boss (El Cartel/Interscope), though, he does his best to reach across the language barrier. Yankee’s famous enough at this point to […]

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friday24 BUMPS A few months ago Tortoise drummers John McEntire, John Herndon, and Dan Bitney released Bumps (Stones Throw), a collection of lean, crisp original breaks ready-made for producers. The record has its share of classic funk beats, but the best parts call up the highly distinctive, tightly coiled, sometimes stuttering rhythms of Tortoise, with […]

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friday17 AU REVOIR SIMONE Though I liked this all-female Brooklyn trio’s 2005 brief debut, Verses of Comfort, Assurance, and Salvation, I wasn’t blown away. But I don’t think they wanted me to be; their sirenlike electronica has an insinuating delicacy that’s designed to work its way slowly under your skin. The follow-up, The Bird of […]

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friday10 c Michael Burks Early in his career this guitarist was pigeonholed as a bluesman in the mold of Albert King, but these days he’s definitely his own man: his sound is more bombastic and rock influenced, with explosively virtuosic speed-demon solos. Burks never sacrifices taste for pyrotechnics, though; even his most fiery and flamboyant […]

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friday27 cBAT FOR LASHES Given her omnipresent headband and penchant for song titles like “The Wizard” and “Seal Jubilee,” it’d be easy to mistake British singer-songwriter Natasha Khan, aka Bat for Lashes, for a vat-grown female counterpart to Devendra Banhart. But last year’s Fur and Gold, which gets its stateside release on Caroline this month, […]

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Taste of Lincoln Avenue

Taste of Lincoln Avenue, on Lincoln between Fullerton and Wrightwood, features music on four stages along with children’s activities and a wine-tasting tent. A donation of $7 (before 5 PM) or $10 (after 5 PM) is suggested for admission. For more info call 773-868-3010. SATURDAY28 Main Stage 1:45 Ides of March 4:15 Geoff Achison & […]

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friday20 cLUCKY 7S Historically the one time of year every musician in New Orleans can find work has been Mardi Gras. The fact that Crescent City trombone and tuba player Jeff Albert was in Chicago for Mardi Gras 2006, debuting this seven-piece band at the Empty Bottle, speaks volumes about the havoc wreaked by Hurricane […]

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friday13 cstewart goodyear Pianist Stewart Goodyear describes his early fascination with classical music as a form of rebellion–his Trinidadian and British parents preferred calypso and rock. The 29-year-old Toronto native has made a career of musical exploration, establishing a broad repertoire that includes some of his own compositions. He typically improvises the cadenzas during his […]