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Hipper Hop

New York hip-hop is shaking up and waking up to a new electronic music that’s both innovative and commercial. The new style is not so much a sound as a strategy, a cold fusion that maps a middle ground between tripped-out Wu-Tang science and overeager Puffy pop.

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Compagnie Phillipe Genty

Though he’s mentioned nowhere in the press materials, the spirit of James Joyce hovers over Compagnie Philippe Genty’s latest production. He’s present not just in the show’s title, Dedale–the French name for the mythic hero Daedalus, with whom Joyce strongly identified–and in its description as “the story of a modern-day Ulysses” but in its search […]

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Nightmares on Wax

NIGHTMARES ON WAX Over the course of eight years and three albums, George Evelyn–aka Nightmares on Wax–has grown from DIY fanboy to sampladelic soul auteur. As interesting and influential as his first album, A Word of Science: The 1st and Final Chapter (Warp), was for its novel fusion of hot-tub funk samples and adeptly programmed […]

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Police Scanner

Wednesday, May 19, 12:50 PM Dispatcher: See what you guys can do with this one–it’s coming over as a suspicious auto with occupants. What you have is a couple that are living in a blue van parked at 1400 Byron, 1400 W. Byron. Light blue van with a light blue stripe, been there since Saturday. […]

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She Shoots, She Scores

She Shoots, She Scores Anna Fermin’s been singing since she was a tot, but only six years ago, after hearing Steve Earle’s mandolin-driven “Down the Road,” did she pick up a guitar and start to write her own songs. Fermin, who was born in the Philippines and grew up in Kenosha, still can’t explain her […]

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Savage Love

I’m a straight female, overweight, but it’s in all the right places! I haven’t had sex for months. Recently I started seeing someone I met on-line. He’s a very nice guy, pretty good-looking, and has an excellent personality. But he happens to be very overweight. I’m not attracted to heavy men and I have never […]

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Porcupine Tree

PORCUPINE TREE Steven Wilson, the auteur behind this British art-rock quartet, gets angry when people compare his band to Pink Floyd. But where British art-rock auteurs are concerned, making them angry isn’t necessarily such a bad idea. Stupid Dream (K Scope), Wilson’s fifth album as Porcupine Tree and his third using other musicians, has more […]

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Ron Sexsmith

RON SEXSMITH “Thinking out loud is all I’m doing,” sings Ron Sexsmith at the start of his 1997 album, Other Songs (Interscope). “Trying to raise my love above these ruins / With each song I kick it around.” I can’t imagine a more apt or graceful description of this Toronto songwriter’s elusive gift: he treats […]

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Sleater-Kinney

SLEATER-KINNEY If rock ‘n’ roll is the music of individualism, then the human voice is the instrument of rock ‘n’ roll: with enough study a good guitarist can copy another’s style, but we’ll never hear another Elvis Presley, John Lennon, or Kurt Cobain. Yet much “indie” rock devalues the vocals, burying them under a morass […]

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Hot Shit

Ronnie Lottz attributes his success to the firmly held belief that “everyone’s got one friend, uncle, or relative who likes hot shit.” The 31-year-old Lottz operates Cigars and Stripes in Berwyn, a funky little wood-paneled storefront that serves as a combination clubhouse, cigar shop, and hot sauce dealership, with a small motorcycle museum thrown in […]

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Annie Sprinkle Herstory of Porn: Reel to Real

Annie Sprinkle (nee Ellen Steinberg) has gone from porn star to sexual-healing guru to performance artist. Thousands of audience members (including me) have seen her cervix, and thousands more have had their photographs taken with Sprinkle’s generous breasts on their heads. Her performances are irreverent, intelligent, sensual, clownish, and sweetly brutal, celebrating the power of […]

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Sports Section

The White Sox remain the south-side equivalent of what Jack Brickhouse used to call “a snakebitten Cubs ball team,” and that’s even truer off the field than on. The Sox returned from a road trip in mid-May with a record of 18-16 and with every sports reporter in town repeating the club slogan “the kids […]