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Streetside: Freddie Gibbs and Madlib Blaze a Trail through Chicago’s Metro; March 7

Madlib has always been a big draw, and wherever he goes his fans follow. His opening set was about what you’d expect from a collector whose record collection borders on the epic. “Accordion” in particular […]

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Streetside: Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl Celebration; February 5

For most of America, Superbowl Sunday had a stellar performance by Bruno Mars and his merry band of contractually-obligated mimes, but was otherwise a yawn-fest. For Coloradans, it was embarrassing to see their supposed #1 offense look […]

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Streetside: Latyrx Brings the Heat to Chicago’s Double Door; January 25

It’s been 16 years since Latyrx last released an album, and in that span they’ve been virtually nonexistent. The hope is that with a tour of their sophomore album, aptly title The Second Album, they […]

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Streetside: Seattle’s Big Ass Boombox Festival; January 3-4

Nothing counters the post-New Year’s hangover winter-blah season of the PNW quite like a “DIY-feeling,” free and (semi) all-ages festival of local up-and-comers. That’s the idea behind the Big Ass Boombox Festival, which in its […]

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Streetside: Nicole Wray Flies Lady Solo at Chicago’s Double Door; November 15

One of the biggest questions recently surrounding Nicole Wray and Lady is whether or not she could recover from the departure of Terri Walker who took a sabbatical in order to focus on her solo […]

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CMJ 2013; Day 3: Courtney Barnett, Human Human, J. Tillman

Lulled by the sermon of the Father, as we’ve become disciples of his anti-folk here at SONGLYRICS, since his “Bored in the USA” declarations at the Newport Folk Festival in July, the man known by […]

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CMJ 2013; Day 2: Arcade Fire, Yuck, Holychild

Though it wasn’t easy cheating on CMJ for a spell to catch Arcade Fire take back the Reflektor night with two pop-up warehouse shows in Brooklyn, the indie royalty brigade cum impending arena stars might […]

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CMJ 2013; Day 1: Torres, Christopher Paul Stelling, Jonathan Rado & The Gentlemen Jets

Though we rolled in late to the 33rd anniversary of New York’s SXSW – CMJ Music Marathon (October 15-19) – in which thousands of breaking hopefuls vie for industry attention in the nooks and crannies of […]

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Streetside: Daughters Reunite at The Met in Pawtucket, RI; September 13

No one embodies misfortune, panic, disease and filth quite like Daughters. And no one makes it so aurally empowering, either. For most of their nine-year existence, they only created obsessive cult fans or extreme haters until creative […]

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North Coast Music Festival 2013; Day 3: Danny Brown, Wu-Tang Clan Wave Respective Flags

In this special edition of our STREETSIDE column, writer Jeff Min spotlights each consecutive day of Chicago’s annual North Coast Music Festival with the most lyrically memorable act found. With the weather being such an overriding force […]

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