World of ‘Wonder’

The title came first for the latest Plain White T’s album, The Wonders of the Younger. T’s songwriter and singer Tom Higgenson had just watched Cirque du Soleil’s “O” in Las Vegas when the phrase popped into his head. Higgenson says he didn’t quite know what the term meant, but he knew it was going to be the creative catalyst for the Chicago band’s sixth album. He says the...

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Digital Leather announces album release plans

* Digital Leather is finally able to let loose plans for its follow-up to 2009’s Warm Brother. The new record, Infinite Sun, is due out in June or early July on Chicago label, Tic Tac Totally. After Shawn Foree and his bandmates recorded the album, they took to fundraising website kickstarter.com to pay mixing and mastering of the record. Those who donated get one of a limited line of records...

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PWF Update and Hot Music for Cold Nights

Hoodoo previously announced the Playing With Fire concert series is winding down, with only one concert planned for this summer. The show is set for Saturday, July 16, with a just-secured booking that should be a real crowd pleaser. Soulful Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings are set to headline. They will appeal to blues and soul fans as well as the younger crowd. The nine-piece Brooklyn band is rooted...

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Sticks and ’Bones

Before you start questioning the source of the band name here, I offer one word to clarify: Trombone. The brass family instrument is usually found in Big Band Jazz, Dixieland Jazz, Ska and occasionally in other genres as a token or backing sound. But how often have you heard music where the trombone is the main instrument? This larger horn, usually characterized by a telescopic slide used to vary...

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Pizza Shoppe Celebrates Sweet 16

Sixteen years ago when The Pizza Shoppe opened at 6056 Maple Street, Benson was a much different neighborhood. As music venues popped up, including one connected to The Pizza Shoppe called The P.S. (or Pizza Shoppe) Collective which opened around 2005 (Full Disclosure: I booked shows at the venue years ago), the area became a much more bohemian destination. It was a place to catch shows, chill at...

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Backyard Notions

These "predictions" have dragged on long enough. In my defense, other than complaints about live reviews, I get more feedback about my annual predictions column(s) than anything I write. People just love being told what's going to happen (or maybe they love being told what to do). Just to be clear: There is no "insider information" being let slip below; no rumor or innuendo being repeated. These...

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Future Tense: 2012 Music Predictions, Pt. 2
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And now, the conclusion of my annual music predictions columns, where I gaze into the glossy black finish of a Fender Squier and see ... more »



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