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Queens of the Stone Age

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE Stoner rock is quickly getting as predictable as any other kind of “alternative” rock, so it’s inspiring to see that one of the genre’s progenitors, former Kyuss guitarist Josh Homme, is still scampering ahead of the curve. After Kyuss broke up, in 1995, Homme briefly played with Screaming Trees, then […]

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Making Trouble

Chicago Reader editorial staff, I was disappointed in Sergio Barreto’s story about the Old Town School and Lincoln Square [July 28]. Not only did he misname a growing neighborhood organization (the North Center/Lincoln Square Neighborhood Association), but he also misquoted a member and seemed to portray the association as a cynical group of people who […]

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Two White Guys and Improv Survivor

TWO WHITE GUYS, at Improv-Olympic, and IMPROV SURVIVOR, at ImprovOlympic. ImprovOlympic has practically patented the thrill of the unknown, a fact evident in these two shows. Two White Guys–the female Rebecca Drysdale and the black Jordan Peele–have concocted a revue as sly as their name. Playing television addicts channeled from the couch to a stage, […]

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Johnny Rawls

JOHNNY RAWLS In the late 60s and early 70s, guitarist Johnny Rawls worked in a show band that backed soul-blues stars like Z.Z. Hill and Joe Tex; later he played behind O.V. Wright and served as Little Johnny Taylor’s bandleader for a few years. In 1985 he released his own first LP, You’re the One, […]

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Safer Taxicabs

It is a tough call on this issue. I see Mr. Wiedersberg’s point on safety, but rule 17 is important so that one segment of our society is not punished for the crimes of the few. I live and work in the city. I can no more change the color of my skin than the […]

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A World of Her Own

The Magic of Remedios Varo at the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, through August 20 By Janina A. Ciezadlo This summer the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum hosts a traveling retrospective, curated in Mexico, of captivating, subversive work by an important 20th-century woman artist, “The Magic of Remedios Varo.” Each of the 77 detailed, meticulous […]

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Rene Marie

RENE MARIE The demands of motherhood have created an intriguing subgenre of female jazz singers: having put their careers on hold to raise their families, they reemerge fully formed in their late 30s or 40s, their music deepened by a host of life lessons. Shirley Horn, for instance, made a handful of records that attracted […]

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Glass Kicks Ass

Dear editor: If Reader theater critic Lee Sandlin had tried a bit harder I am sure he could have come to a better understanding of Philip Glass’s and Mary Zimmerman’s “unreadable” Akhnaten at the Chicago Opera Theater (July 28 review). Sandlin also complains that (a) the action is presented in highly formalized tableaux, but that […]

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Wendo Kolosoy

WENDO KOLOSOY African pop music didn’t seep into America’s mainstream until the 80s, when pop artists like Paul Simon and Talking Heads began borrowing from it and isolated stars like King Sunny Ade and Fela Kuti landed major-label contracts here. But in fact it has a history as deep as American R & B, and […]

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Ali Farka Toure

In Mali, when a family loses a child, by custom they give the next baby an unusual nickname. Ali Toure’s mother had borne nine boys who died in infancy, so when she had her tenth she called him “Farka,” which means “donkey.” And the young Ali did turn out to be stubborn, bucking his country’s […]

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Striking Distinctions

Dear editor: Thanks go to Michael Miner for his report on actor Danny Goldring’s pursuit of strike-breaking scabs and his harrowing encounters with “good ol’ boy” law enforcement in the wilds of Idaho (Hot Type, July 21). It reminded me of the line from the song “Union Maid”: “Deputy sheriffs who made the raids.” One […]

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Yo-Yo’s

YO-YO’S The 70s costume pageant that started in the 90s is still rolling merrily along, and now that we’ve revisited Detroit protopunk (the Go, the Bellrays), power pop (Sloan, Fountains of Wayne), metal boogie (Nashville Pussy), and the Ramones (the entire roster of Lookout Records), the Yo-Yo’s, a pack of grinning blokes from Richmond upon […]