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Bob Berg

BOB BERG When tenor saxist Michael Brecker left Horace Silver’s band in 1974, his replacement was Bob Berg, and you really can’t beat that for symbolism. Brecker’s huge metallic sound, piston-driven technique, ground-zero intensity, and enduring fascination with harmonic permutations inspired by the middle period of John Coltrane’s career now constitute the template for an […]

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Volume on Volume

The Collector’s Guide to Heavy Metal By Martin Popoff (Collector’s Guide Publishing) How many times has this happened to you? You’re sitting in your cubicle, slogging away as usual, when suddenly the woman across the aisle leans over and says something like: “Hey, you know what? I just picked up that last Carcass LP, Wake […]

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BLAZERS The rock-en-espa–ol movement that’s burgeoned over the last year didn’t come out of nowhere. As the recent compilation ÁAy Califas! Raza Rock of the ’70s & ’80s (Zyanya/Rhino) reminds us, there’s a rich tradition of Latino bands tweaking rock conventions to meet their cultural needs. Although East LA’s Blazers, who’ve been around for a […]

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City File

“The Chicago Defender is a sacred institution,” Reverend Al Sampson of Fernwood United Methodist Church tells the Washington Post National Weekly (January 26). “The Defender has been our voice for so long and we simply cannot allow it to be put into the wrong hands, and to me the wrong hands would be anyone who […]

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Brech and Film: The Bertolt Brecht Workshop

This centenary tribute to German dramatist Bertolt Brecht, sponsored by Facets Multimedia Center and the Goethe-Institut, runs Friday through Thursday, February 27 through March 5, at Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton. Admission is $7 for film screenings, $5 for video (for Facets members, $5 and $3 respectively). For more information call 773-281-4114. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY […]

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The Straight Dope

My wife and I are at somewhat of an impasse. We debate (intermittently) whether or not braking a manual-shift car should be done solely with the brakes (meanwhile putting the car into neutral) or by gradually slowing down the car by downshifting–that is, shifting from fifth to fourth to third, etc, and allowing engine compression […]

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Normal Love

Normal Love Though Jack Smith never quite completed Normal Love (1963), what he left behind maintains a consistent level of intensity, its weirdly costumed characters cavorting before the camera in role-playing more twisted than the word “drag” could ever convey. Mostly filmed the year Smith’s orgy-comedy Flaming Creatures became a famous obscenity case, Normal Love […]

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Days of the Week

Friday 2/27 – Thursday 3/5 FEBRUARY By Cara Jepsen 27 FRIDAY Self-styled prophets of rage Public Enemy first garnered mainstream attention with their second album, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. A decade later the seminal group’s original lineup has reformed–even deposed Minister of Information Professor Griff has signed on after […]

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Steve Earle & the Dukes

STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES Last year’s El Corazon (Warner Brothers) was far from Steve Earle’s best record, but none of his other albums have so accurately reflected his musical schizophrenia. He’s played the brooding folksinger, the alt-country pioneer, the next Bruce Springsteen, the redneck outlaw, the volatile drug casualty, the neotraditionalist, and the reborn […]