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Unhappy With Camper

As a conceptual piece, Joel Ross’s Room 28 [June 18], an installation in which Ross has checked into a hotel room, dismantled everything in it, and put the entire contents into 50 suitcases, is beautiful. No better image of America exists than the anonymity of a hotel room. Think where film noir would be without […]

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Backsliders

BACKSLIDERS Backsliders cofounder Steve Howell quit the band in the middle of recording its recently released second album, Southern Lines (Mammoth), and not long after it was completed everyone but singer-guitarist Chip Robinson followed his lead. Howell shows up on the songwriting credits for only 4 of the album’s 11 selections, and the sound of […]

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Taste of Chicago

THURSDAY TASTE STAGE 12:30pm Lena McLin & Sharon Pass 1:45 Dooleys 3:00 Mirrors 4:15 Detour 5:30 Rico 6:45 Rhythm City PETRILLO MUSIC SHELL 6:00pm Peter Frampton, Joan Jett FUNTIME STAGE 6:00pm Angel Medina FOX DINER STAGE 11:45am Barbara Johnson Trio 4:45 Uprights SUMMERTIME BEER GARDEN 12:30pm John Fournier Quintet 1:45 Pete Special 3:00 Rock Star […]

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Trouble in These Parts

“These Parts” [June 18]–great feature, very interesting, and eagerly read, but: First–although spell-check may not agree, “hung” does not describe somebody suspended by the neck until death occurs [“Down Town”]. You may have hung up your coat or hung a picture on the wall, you may have a hung jury, you may be considered hung […]

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Michelle Willson

MICHELLE WILLSON Michelle Willson’s voice sounded a bit too wounded and worldly for the jump ‘n’ jive boilerplate of Evil Gal Blues and So Emotional, her mid-90s releases on Bullseye Blues. But with her latest Bullseye disc, Tryin’ to Make a Little Love, the Bostonian finds a life after swing, showcasing originals and contributions from […]

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The Remember Mama

The Motherlode Sweat Girls at Lifeline Theatre, through July 17 By Justin Hayford In our culture, it’s hard to be a mother and a person at the same time. We’ve envisioned motherhood as a state of idealized nonpersonhood: the perfect mother is fully knowable through her relationships with her children, her husband, and her home–but […]

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Carl Cox/Jim Masters

CARL COX/JIM MASTERS A rep like Carl Cox’s is a motherfucker to live up to: he’s been voted best DJ in the world by more European dance magazines and award committees than most Americans would even guess exist, but he’s never made an album to warrant the hype. F.A.C.T., a React import from 1995, is […]

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City File

Is this what they mean when they talk about the high price of freedom? Total campaign spending for state legislative seats and statewide offices in 1994, according to the University of Illinois at Springfield’s Sunshine Project: $64.6 million. In 1998: $93.1 million. “I had, I thought, done nothing to prepare me to counsel a national […]

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Extreme Prejudice

To the editor: Why do you include blatantly prejudicial letters such as the one objecting to the Employment Resource Center [May 28] by Kelly Kleiman [June 18]? If there was a known case of someone being subjected to preaching, that might be criticized, but to object to funding a public service, be it a hospital, […]

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Orbital

ORBITAL Paul and Phil Hartnoll may be the most consistent artists in any techno subgenre, which is both a blessing and a curse. For ten years they’ve made one heart-in-your-mouth classic after another: the eternal “Chime,” the awe-kissed “Halcyon + On + On,” the suspenseful “Are We Here?,” even their reworking of the theme to […]

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The Straight Dope

Is it true that ducks can have one side of their brain sleep while the other side remains awake? And how can I, as a struggling graduate student, learn to do the same thing? –Olivia, via AOL Yes, I can see where this would be a handy skill. Unfortunately, unless your ancestors include birds or […]