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Dory Rand: Struggling Chicago-area Homeowners Still Need Help, Despite Some Positive Signs

It's too soon to break out the champagne. It seems unlikely that the foreclosure crisis over when more than a third of Chicago region homes are underwater and unemployment remains persistently high.

Humor Me Podcast #1: Kelsie Huff

2 years agoUnited States / Chicago : A/C

Humor Me Podcast is what happens when you get one comedy nerd and her friends together before, after and during shows and events. Each month, I will crash my talented friends and peers and force them to talk with me...

DOWNLOAD: Mannequin Men

Last fall, rough-around-the-edges Chicago garage rockers Mannequin Men debuted two new tracks from an then-upcoming Hozac Records single. One of those songs, "Hobby Girl," has re-emerged as the first single from their upcoming self-titled third record, which sees release in November on Addenda Records. Download it here. [ more › ]

Unicycle Loves You Set Themselves Up For Failure With "Sun Comes Out"

Unicycle Loves You, a local power-pop trio, released the first official single from Failure, its upcoming third album. "Sun Comes Out (And I Don't Care)" was released on Monday, and it's a driving, lush blend of layered psychedelia and mid-fi garage rock. [ more › ]

Mohamed & Fatima: Refugees' Story

3 years agoUnited States / Chicago : A/C

This is the story of Chicagoans Mohamed Ali Kabba and his sister Fatima, refugees from Sierra Leone. Every year thousands of refugees migrate to the United States. In 2009, the Chicago area accepted around 2,500 new refugees alone. Organizations like...

Download, Then See: Seafarer

Photo via Green Light Go Publicity. With cold weather finally upon Chicago, it’s easy for the city’s residents to feel defeated. And yet, press forward we must. Winter’s icy grip may be at our backs. But there are jobs to find, errands to run, and life to generally carry on with. Show More Summary

Kid, You’ll Move Mountains Moving, Shaking

Photo by Lenny Gilmore, via Kid, You'll Move Mountains web site Local indie-rock vets Kid, You’ll Move Mountains (Troubled Hubble, Inspector Owl, El Oso) posted some very exciting news recently. Not only are they making a second record,...Show More Summary

Essex Chanel Nrings You “The Good Times”

Image via Essex Chanel's site Travis Lee Wiggins is a musical madman. Since starting the solo indie project Essex Chanel in 2005, he’s compiled an enormous catalog of music under the moniker, including 11 full-length albums, 2 EPs, and a few other conceptual releases. Show More Summary

DOWNLOAD THEN SEE: No Age

No Age's latest album Everything in Between is our favorite of theirs yet. Perhaps this is because the band is deeply rooted in a sound that reminds us of a time when the world was ruled by DIY sleeves on 7" singles, or perhaps it'sShow More Summary

DOWNLOAD: Danko Jones

Photo by Dean Karr We've never understood why Danko Jones never really caught on in the States. Granted in the band's earlier years their brand of punk metal didn't really differentiate them from like-minded groups, but as time went on Jones refined his attack to into three-chord punchy crunch rock. Show More Summary

Glasser's Artistic Agenda

Music is a language of sounds producing connection through emotion. Musicians craft their work with the hope that a riff, a drum beat or a snippet of lyric will find its way into your ears and elicit a response of attachment. The most...Show More Summary

Fiery Furnaces To Record New Album, Matthew Friedberger to release insane amount of solo music

Matthew and Eleanor Friedberger, known to strangers and loved ones alike as hyper-prolific indie-prog duo The Fiery Furnaces, will start recording their next album sometime before Christmas, according to a newsletter from label Thrill Jockey. Show More Summary

Small Black Cautiously Rides the (Chill) Wave

Photo via Small Black's myspace page While not quite at the level of full-on ubiquity, the chillwave genre seems ripe for — if not already in the midst of — a backlash. Still, despite our feelings that one should drop a nickle...Show More Summary

DOWNLOAD: Tina Fey & Christopher Cross Croon "Lemon's Theme"

30 Rock is coming out with a soundtrack (?!) and we have the lead-off "single" from the collection, "Lemon's Theme." Built off an rant that breaks into a sung intro by Tina Fey, the song then gets handed over to the tinkling chimes and...Show More Summary

10With Podcast: How About Those Bib Gourmands?

The Publican's Bib Gourmand, via their Facebook page. If you're a foodie in Chicago, yesterday was a whirlwind of articles and posts and tweets and Facebook updates and general blithering all about the release of the Bib Gourmand awards from the Michelin Guide (or if you're fancy, Le Guide Michelin). Show More Summary

10With Podcast: Kate McGroarty's Month at the Museum (Pt 2)

Yesterday we started talking about hanging out at the Museum of Science and Industry and sleeping with Muppets (not like that, sicko), eating astronaut ice cream and having movie night in the IMAX theater. What else is on tap for Kate...Show More Summary

10With Podcast: Kate McGroarty And Her Month At The Museum

Kate McGroarty went into the Museum of Science and Industry just about two weeks ago, and as of yet has only emerged momentarily. For the rest of the time, she's been doing handstands in tornadoes, helping baby chicks survive, hanging out in coal mines, sleeping in submarines and generally inhabiting the Museum of Science and Industry. Show More Summary

Rockin' Our Turntable: Dark Party

The electronic duo Dark Party, comprised of Eliot Lipp and Chicago-based Leo 123, sort of burst back onto our radar roughly a month ago when we'd heard their debut LP, Light Years, would finally see release on Novemeber 2. It was about...Show More Summary

QUICK SPINS: Marnie Stern, Dustin Wong

Chicago is seeing two upcoming shows from indie-rock guitar wizards. First is Marnie Stern, who is touring behind her current, self-titled release. Second is Ponytail guitarist Dustin Wong, who hits the Hideout on Sunday in support of...Show More Summary

10With Podcast: Molly Phelan, 46th Ward Alderman Candidate (Pt 2)

We continue the discussion with Molly Phelan, who (among others) wants to be the Alderman of the 46th ward. In the first part of our conversation, we covered her background, public safety (this conversation took place before the so-called...Show More Summary

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