Veteran pop auteur Matthew Sweet, who has a new album on the way, plays Park West on Friday night.
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Material Issue’s Jim Ellison
Material Issue’s Jim Ellison, the ingenuous kid from Addison, finally got what he wanted: a big advance (in the six figures), a record produced his way (by Jeff Murphy of Shoes, up at his studio in Zion), and backing from a big label (Mercury). The grandiloquently titled result, International Pop Overthrow, isn’t bad: resolutely modeled […]
Material Issue is fronted by the rebarbative Jim Ellison, a long-legged gamin who leads a youthful three-piece band. With a chip on his shoulder the size of Cabaret Metro and a penchant for saying stupid things in public, he’s an onstage natural full of equal parts attitude and shit. But as you watch him skip, […]