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Madder Rose

The 1993 debut of New York’s Madder Rose, Bring It Down (Seed), made them out to be indistinctive, almost slavish adherents to indie-rock mores. With Billy Cote’s half-formed pop tunes, Mary Lorson’s forlorn, lethargic vocals, and Lorson and Cote’s flat, muddled guitars, Madder Rose were a fine example of a young band pushed by label […]

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Chicago Composers’ Consortium

Andrew Imbrie is known for his meticulous craftsmanship and intellectual respectability, but it’s his music’s serene confidence that distinguishes him from the pack. The retired Berkeley professor’s idiom is freely atonal and heavy on chromaticism, which allows him to paint spare and hauntingly beautiful soundscapes. This Chicago Composers’ Consortium chamber concert will feature two of […]

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Beach Blanket Bard

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Folio Theatre Company It’s easy to see why the Folio Theatre hit on the idea of setting A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Woodstock; with the 25th anniversary of the legendary rock festival approaching, this young, actor-driven troupe must have thought it would be fun and even instructive to uncover the parallels […]

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The Straight Dope

How come the portraits on coins are always in profile while the ones on paper money are always full face? –Jim Bohannon, Arlington, Virginia Aside to the Teeming Millions: What do you mean, this is a stupid question? This is a great question, although I’ll grant you Ted Koppel probably isn’t going to devote a […]

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The City File

“The most significant environmental challenge today is not to build ‘consciousness,’” reports the Center for Neighborhood Technology on West North, in an Earth Day report by associate director Stephen Perkins. Over two-thirds of metro-area consumers say they would use reusable grocery bags, water-conserving shower heads, energy-conserving thermostats, and energy-efficient light bulbs. But in the case […]

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Combustible Edison

At first listen Combustible Edison has the dubious syrupy charm of mere lounge-act shtick, which has become all the rage these days among many veterans of the punk/alternative circuit (see: Grenadine and Love Jones). But further examination reveals it to be a quirky, sophisticated blend of disparate musical influences. Combustible Edison is the brainchild of […]

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Needles and Opium

“Alot of my taste for theater came from seeing concerts of Genesis and Jethro Tull,” says Robert Lepage, the Quebec writer, director, performer, and designer who at 35 is artistic director of Canada’s national theater and was recently named a knight of the Ordre des Arts et Lettres, one of Canada’s highest artistic honors. His […]

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Elvis Costello & the Attractions

Rock ‘n’ roll’s unforgiving codes work in mysterious and sometimes shocking ways. Consider the disdain with which Elvis Costello is widely held outside of the too-respectful mainstream rock press. That disdain has to do with the fact that over the past five years he’s firmly established himself as the first punk geezer–a symptom not of […]