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Jessica Bailiff

It’s easy to hear the influences that shaped Jessica Bailiff’s first two albums: with their spare drumbeats and dense layers of feedback, the records might as well have been credited to Low-Flying Saucer Attack. In fact, Low’s Alan Sparhawk produced both records, and Bailiff later worked with Flying Saucer Attack’s David Pearce as Clear Horizon. […]

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Lollapalooza features music on six Grant Park stages at or near Columbus and Balbo. Tickets are $67, or $125 for a two-day pass; for more information call 866-915-6552. SATURDAY 23 Parkways Stage 11:45 Redwalls 1:30 Ambulance Ltd. 3:30 Brian Jonestown Massacre 5:30 Blonde Redhead (see the Treatment) 7:30 Walkmen SBC East Stage 11:45 (International) Noise […]

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Band Geeks: A Half Time Musical

Comedically capturing the frustration and self-absorption of teenagers, Band Geeks is an amalgam of teen angst and sports movie tropes with some Revenge of the Nerds-style raging-hormones humor thrown in for the late-night crowd. Becky Eldridge and Amy Petersen’s thin book plays on 80s stereotypes and the antagonism between music geeks and jocks, while Andy […]

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My Richard

Playwrights Jed Alexander and Joe Kendall must be trying to set a weight record with their concept-heavy Shakespeare. My Richard is a fictional dress rehearsal of a one-man adaptation of Richard III performed by Glen the schizophrenic, whose “mental deformity” is meant to parallel the murderous king’s physical one. The 50-minute script is sketchy and […]

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The Beautiful Country

A young Vietnamese teenager, shunned because of his Amerasian features, journeys to Saigon in 1990 to find his disgraced Vietnamese mother, then to America to track down his father, a soldier from Texas who disappeared shortly before the war ended. Too poor to pay for the trip, the young man (Damien Nguyen) winds up as […]

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Pernice Brothers

Sometimes I wonder if the Pernice Brothers ought to rehearse under suicide watch. One of their T-shirts bears the slogan i hate my life, and the mini comic that came with preordered copies of their latest and possibly greatest CD, Discover a Lovelier You (Ashmont), depicts the band sitting around backstage debating the best ways […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story Michael Sullivan, 41, and Joseph Seidl, 39, were arrested on drug trafficking charges after being pulled over for speeding on Interstate 70 in Kingdom City, Missouri, in June. In the trunk of the car state troopers found a three-foot model rocket containing more than two pounds of methamphetamine, worth about $145,000; it was […]

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City of Angels

Too seldom seen, this 170-minute musical by the terrific trio of composer Cy Coleman, book writer Larry Gelbart, and lyricist David Zippel–a dazzlingly witty parody of hard-boiled Raymond Chandler with a stylized score–brilliantly lampoons Hollywood stereotypes and censorship. It contrasts a young writer and his film noir screenplay with the real-life 40s producer-director who threatens […]

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Bye-Bye Barbarella

My Life So Far Jane Fonda (Random House) Jane Fonda has a lot of explaining to do–584 pages’ worth, to be exact. In her recent autobiography, My Life So Far, she offers a close chronicle of a woman who, in her life as an actress, activist, and fitness figurehead, has been gravely misunderstood. Unlike the […]

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The Devil’s Rejects

Rock musician Rob Zombie made his feature-directing debut with House of 1,000 Corpses (2003), a gruesome tribute to 70s horror exploitation movies that was spoiled by its campy excesses and self-conscious montage of clips from classics. For this sequel he’s settled down to business, and his story of a family of serial killers (Sid Haig, […]