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The Treatment

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 […]

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The Treatment

friday29 COWBOY JUNKIES The Trinity Session is still the most revered album by this country-rock sibling act, so naturally, 20 years later, they’ve recorded it all over again. The new DVD/CD edition, with guest spots by Vic Chesnutt, Natalie Merchant, and Ryan Adams, is due out later this year, and in the meantime they’re touring […]

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LEE BOYS

This Florida-based family act (three brothers and three of their nephews) rocked the crowd at last year’s Blues Festival with the gospel of Jacksonville’s House of God church, birthplace of the “sacred steel” tradition, which adorns crowd-pleasing R & B shout-alongs with lap and pedal steel guitar. Its pioneers were inspired by the Hawaiian steel […]

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The Treatment

friday22 cIKE REILLY ASSASSINATION I’ve been interested in most anything Ike Reilly attaches his name to since I first heard his 2001 debut, Salesmen and Racists, an album that took the much-practiced and little-mastered tradition of rootsy songwriter rock and rendered it lupine and hungry again. On the new We Belong to the Staggering Evening […]

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I’m a Bug

Matt Jenkins, 19, just finished his freshman year at the School of the Art Institute, where he was studying sculpture, and is now living in Western Springs. He makes music under the name Life Under a Tree and runs a label called Playground’s Greatest Records! with friends. Tell me about your outfit. This is my […]

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The Treatment

friday15 cDEE ALEXANDER Blessed with pitch-perfect control, a resonant timbre, and a four-octave range, Dee Alexander strikes a sometimes precarious balance between virtuosity and restraint, whether she’s rendering the Ella Fitzgerald/George Gershwin songbook (as she did at the 2004 Chicago Jazz Festival) or creating kaleidoscopic landscapes with her peers in the AACM (as she’s been […]

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Dress for the Mess

Meg McCarville, 26, is a writer and unemployed outreach worker. She performs music under the name Little Princess. Describe your style. I like Japanese freak clothes and stuffed animals and kids’ stuff. And messes. I like masks and costumes. I like things that don’t go together, and stripes. I like the way clowns look. So […]

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The Treatment

friday8 Albert Hammond Jr. I can’t begrudge this Strokes guitarist his solo debut, Yours to Keep (New Line/Scratchie)–Julian Casablancas is a notoriously authoritarian bandleader, and so far Hammond has only contributed a smattering of minor tunes to the Strokes’ oeuvre-. Thankfully his songwriting here justifies the effort: with help from a plethora of pals, including […]

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The InPrint Project

Who knew that 50 pounds of recycled Readers (with a few New York Times pages thrown in) could be so attractive? Erica Mott opens her piece, InPrint, with her back to us, wearing what appears to be a bridal gown with a gigantic skirt. In fact all the costumes and set pieces in InPrint, a […]