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No Depression’s Bull Market

No Depression’s Bull Market As the music industry tries to scramble out of its perceived slump, one of the footholds it’s eyeing is Americana, a nascent radio format for roots music other than commercial country. And at the 11th annual South by Southwest music conference last weekend in Austin, the strain of this sudden attention […]

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Petty Crime

February 10, 11:30 AM, 1200 block of N. Clark. Assault. Man and woman got into argument in grocery store. Woman picked up onion and threw it at man, hitting him in the forehead. He fell to floor, got up, and notified store manager. No arrest was made. Man sought medical treatment at veteran’s hospital the […]

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Blood Lust

Habit Rating *** A must see Directed and written by Larry Fessenden With Fessenden, Meredith Snaider, Aaron Beall, Patricia Coleman, Heather Woodbury, and Jesse Hartman. By Joshua Katzman The vampire movie is an enduring subgenre of the horror film, the myth having long ago departed eastern Europe to cross the Atlantic to America as well […]

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Kim Richey

KIM RICHEY If Bitter Sweet (Mercury), the recent sophomore album by Kim Richey, is any indication, Nashville may be ever so subtly changing its tune. Already successful as a writer (her songs have been hits for George Ducas, Trisha Yearwood, and Radney Foster), Richey debuted as a singer in 1995. But as impressive as her […]

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Savage Love

Hey, Faggot: My husband walked in on me in the bathroom as I was preparing to take an enema. He started to excuse himself and I told him that it was OK. He asked if he could help, and I suggested that he hold the bag for me. He did that. Then he asked me […]

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Cocktails and other Stories

Serge Gainsbourg Couleur cafe Du jazz dans le ravin Comic Strip (Philips/Mercury) By Roni Sarig Every cultural movement needs an enfant terrible, even a fad as innocuous and transparent as the current lounge revival. Given that the return of soothing sounds from a more innocent time belies (or perhaps proves) that we’re living in a […]

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Spot Check

MOE. 3/21, DOUBLE DOOR If you like Primus, you’ll love this country-rock quartet from upstate New York. If you love country rock, on the other hand, head to Schubas and see the V-Roys instead. CRANES, RASPUTINA 3/22, METRO Following the departure of guitarist Matt Cope, Jim Shaw emerged from behind the drum kit to join […]

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My Simple City

MY SIMPLE CITY, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble and Powertap Productions, at Strawdog Theatre. Like so many contemporary American scripts, Richard Strand’s new one-act looks and sounds very much like a play. But with its point-and-click structure–all highlights and no development–it’s no more a play than a novelization is a novel. In this biographical sampler Strand attempts […]

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Spur of the Moment

Spur of the Moment Watching David Appel move is like listening to someone speak a language close to English but not English, straining to recognize the occasional word–maybe–and to grasp a meaning that’s just beyond mind’s reach. As this self-described movement artist from Philadelphia improvises, he seems to be miming gestures from a parallel world: […]

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Charlie Kohlhase Quintet

CHARLIE KOHLHASE QUINTET His name may not ring a bell, but saxophonist Charlie Kohlhase leads one of the more imaginative small bands on the jazz scene today. It boasts a terrific pianoless rhythm section; a three-man front line that carries a total of six instruments; and a palette that ranges from charcoal to bright tempera–all […]

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Smells like Team Spirit/ Bustin’ Buttons at the Sun-Times

Smells Like Team Spirit Here’s an intriguing sidelight to last week’s big story about racial taunting at a Thornton-Brother Rice basketball game. Taylor Bell, the Sun-Times sportswriter who broke the story, hadn’t attended the game. Reporters who did had trouble recognizing it from Bell’s article. “In the gym,” Bell wrote on Thursday, “the atmosphere was […]