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Angel Dean & Sue Garner

Back in the 80s, Angel Dean, Sue Garner, and Amy Rigby lent their gorgeous vocal harmonies to a New York group called the Last Roundup. They put out a single album of homespun country, Twister (Rounder, 1986), and then disbanded. Garner went on to play in relatively experimental rock outfits like Fish & Roses and […]

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Richard Pinhas

On Tranzition (Cuneiform), Richard Pinhas’s latest solo album, he and “laptop boy” Jerome Schmidt loop, delay, and distort his brief electric guitar phrases, piling them up into gorgeous oceanic swells. Prog-rock graybeards will of course be reminded of Frippertronics, the guitar-and-tape methodology that Robert Fripp and Brian Eno developed on the mid-70s albums No Pussyfooting […]

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Datebook

JULY 9 FRIDAY It’s Godzilla’s 50th anniversary, and fans of the Big G and other kaiju, or movie monsters, can celebrate at this weekend’s G-Fest XI, a convention with panel discussions (“Godzilla’s Best and Worst Foes,” “G’s Dead! Now What?”) and screenings of Godzilla films in versions rarely shown stateside. Special guests include Teruyoshi Nakano, […]

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Diblo Diabla & Matchatcha

Few musicians are as synonymous with their genre as guitarist Diblo Dibala is with soukous, the rippling, heavily melodic Congolese rumba. The late bandleader Franco, one of Dibala’s early bosses, codified the direction of Congolese guitar playing in the mid-50s: pealing, billowing leads that sound simultaneously forceful and relaxed, highly rhythmic but with every note […]

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The Straight Dope

What is the story with human growth hormone (HGH)? I know that the actual hormone can be injected (at great expense), and some of the Hollywood crowd supposedly use this to stay young. However, a lot of companies are marketing “HGH enhancers,” which are not HGH but supplements that are supposed to stimulate the body […]

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Plena Libre

Puerto Rican bassist and bandleader Gary Nunez formed Plena Libre a decade ago to revive and preserve his island’s plena tradition. The form emerged toward the end of the 19th century when the music of immigrants from nearby Barbados began mixing with Puerto Rico’s own African-derived musical forms, sounds akin to those developing across the […]

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Calendar

Friday 7/9 – Thursday 7/15 JULY 9 FRIDAY It’s Godzilla’s 50th anniversary, and fans of the Big G and other kaiju, or movie monsters, can celebrate at this weekend’s G-Fest XI, a convention with panel discussions (“Godzilla’s Best and Worst Foes,” “G’s Dead! Now What?”) and screenings of Godzilla films in versions rarely shown stateside. […]

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Electricidad

ELECTRICIDAD, Goodman Theatre. Luis Alfaro’s Spanglish take on Sophocles’ Electra has more to offer than most reimaginings of Greek tragedies. Unlike Charles Mee in his pat deconstructions of gender relationships, Alfaro places the tale in the specific context of contemporary Chicano gang life. In the process he offers startling insights into internecine hatreds among immigrant […]

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Living in a Dream World

Maribel Portela at Aldo Castillo, 233 W. Huron, through July 17 Frank Pollard: Field Manual at Dogmatic, through July 17 One inspiration for Maribel Portela’s ten startlingly real full-size ceramic figures at Aldo Castillo is the “army” of thousands of terra-cotta warriors near Xian, China, placed around the tomb of China’s first emperor in about […]

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Madonna

Coughing up a crummy Bond theme and rapping about Pilates is no way to win the hearts and minds of pop critics, but the contempt that greeted Madonna’s “Die Another Day” single in 2002 and her American Life album last year still came off as overheated: hearing the gripes, you’d think that somewhere there lurked […]

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Cedar Walton

The standout line on Cedar Walton’s resume covers his years with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers–1961 to ’64 and again in the early 70s–during which he added some marvelous pages to the Messengers book (“Mosaic,” “Ugetsu,” “The Promised Land”). But read on and you’ll find the pianist backing John Coltrane on the first takes of “Giant […]

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Lauren Feece

Lauren Feece’s ten paintings at Lobby are suffused with the twin desires to touch the visible and memorialize the past. The woman in Reflection stands over a large globe strewn with pale leaves and flowers, her arms reaching out as if to embrace the whole world. In Tulips four women stand amid flowers whose color […]

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Defiance Dares to Think Big

The Pyrates Defiant Theatre at the Chopin Theatre We live in a time that seems locked into an anti-Daniel Burnham mind-set. “Make no big plans” is the shibboleth that seems to guide too many of our theaters. There are exceptions, of course, and these give me hope for a more interesting tomorrow. The recent Court […]