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Dave McDonnell bids Chicago adieu

Dave McDonnell’s name may not ring a bell, but he’s one of the more ubiquitous and multifaceted figures on Chicago’s sprawling musical map. Last week he played the Pitchfork Music Festival with his band Michael Columbia. A week earlier he was at the Hungry Brain with the superb postbop sextet Herculaneum. The DePaul grad was […]

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The Reader’s Guide to the 2009 Pitchfork Music Festival: Saturday

Intro | Friday | Sunday saturday18 1 PM Disappears Initially a recording project for Brian Case (formerly of the 90 Day Men and currently with the on-hiatus Ponys) and Graeme Gibson (formerly of Boas and currently with the Fruit Bats), now a tightly wound live quartet, Disappears are one of the Chicago scene’s most promising […]

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The Reader’s Guide to the 2009 Pitchfork Music Festival: Sunday

Intro | Friday | Saturday sunday19 1 PM Michael Columbia Like many of the mostly local bands in the incestuous circle surrounding the Obey Your Brain label, Chicago trio Michael Columbia plays an avant-garde brand of jazz-inflected funk that might come off as pretentious if it weren’t buoyed by such a sense of fun. On […]