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friday28 BON MOTS People give a lot of lip service to the arsenal of vintage gear this Chicago band has stockpiled. I guess when it takes you four years to release the follow-up to an acclaimed debut, the fans have to find something to talk about. But the new album, Forty Days and Forty Nights […]

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friday21 cBONDE DO ROLE The haters–after all the hype about the singles, they were bound to come out of the woodwork for the first album–say Bonde do Role are irresponsible assholes who happen to be Brazilian, yelling dumb stuff over ripped-off party beats and disrespecting their own musical culture. But the band’s tossed-off hybrid of […]

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friday14 cBILL CALLAHAN, SIR RICHARD BISHOP I’m not sure why BILL CALLAHAN decided to retire the Smog moniker and put out Woke on a Whaleheart (Drag City) under his own name. There’s no sudden shift on the new album: Callahan just takes another step down the path he’s been on since his obscurantist lo-fi days, […]

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friday7 LINDSAY ANDERSON With her solo debut, If (unrelated to the 1968 Malcolm McDowell movie by the late director who shares her name), L’altra veteran Lindsay Anderson has made a record that could easily be a lost gem from the 90s heyday of Chicago art-rock–maybe a 1998 Edith Frost album with a couple Sea and […]

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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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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 […]

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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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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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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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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 […]