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It’s been quite a while since The National played a reasonably intimate venue in Chicago. The past few years have included multiple summer stops at Lollapalooza, Pitchfork Festival and even an opening spot for R.E.M. at the United Center. All of those settings don’t really provide the atmosphere most fans truly desire, but, of course, beggars can’t be choosers. It was a pleasant surprise to see a headlining tour pop up with a stop in Chicago at one of the more...

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Friday, 16 December 2011
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Izza mos' wondaful time o' da year Junky!How're ya keepin' ova dere, ya reprobates? Thing're goin' great 'ere, 'at's fo' sure. Nothin's slowed down'is week – in spite o' da fac'dat the man wit' da red suit's onn'is way pretty soon – ann'I gotta'notha great big bag a SWAG fo' ya. Dis week, I nabbed a new tune called "Tennessee" by dis band called High Dive annit's friggin' awesome! It sounds a little like what used ta get called...

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Friday, 16 December 2011
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Cage The Elephant may have been the band who struck gold saying that there ain't no rest for the wicked but, in the two years since releasing their third album, Billy Talent has proven it to be true, having set an iron man's tour itinerary which has seen them perform in virtually every quadrant of four continents. They've embarked on incredibly successful tours and played some of the largest, most venerable festivals in the world (including Leeds, Reading, Festival D'Ete,...

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Thursday, 15 December 2011
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What’s a god to a non-believer? It’s really about, “Why is there hype if there is no music that we haven't come to expect,” but maybe I’m coming at this wrong. Watch the Throne by Kanye "Ye" West and Jay-Z had the greatest hype build-up of all time, with iTunes seeing some of the greatest sales in history in the first week of release. Mind you, this is the same album that put out limited edition physical editions which included...

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Wednesday, 14 December 2011
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You need to meet The Weeknd before the third album in his current series is released, scheduled to come out late this year. The first two albums, House of Balloons and Thursday, are on the highest throne possible when it comes to artistic ability and engrossing situational/emotional outpourings. The lyrical delivery of Abel Tesfaye cannot be left outside of your music collection. Even if you were to argue with me about this, every possible argument is trumped by the fact...

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Wednesday, 14 December 2011
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Childish Gambino, born Donald Glover, has a soft, shaky, and uniquely “Hollywood” ground that will make it slightly difficult for him to be a major player in the hip hop game. I only say “slightly” because his music, concerts and first album are a must for your record collection. The music, performance on stage is nothing short of a superstar. Granted, the man won't be the next Tupac, but he does deliver on the same level as Andre 3000. Whether...

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Wednesday, 14 December 2011
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I'm always impressed and have a warm heart for a DJ who starts working on electronic music at a young age. Toddla T, Thomas Mackenzie Bell, started spinning at the age of fourteen. I can remember when I was fourteen and can't help but admire the dedication Bell had to pursue such a hard and expensive hobby. Toddla T was the artist I came out to a Dim Mak night to see. A man that flew over from Europe to...

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Wednesday, 14 December 2011
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The Headstones were one of the most successful bands in Canada between the mid- and late-Nineties. After two incredibly well-received albums, in 1997 the Kingston-based quartet released Smile and Wave (their third LP) and just exploded; on the strength of singles like “Smile and Wave,” “And,” “Cubically Contained” and album cuts including “Picture Frame of Rage” and “Pretty Little Death Song,” the Headstones took the mainstream by storm. It was an exciting time for both the band and...

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Monday, 12 December 2011
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It's an exciting time in the Cancer Bats camp right now. According to singer Liam Cormier, the Toronto-based band is just about to vacate the rehearsal space at Islington and Lakeshore where they've been residing for the last six months. They're about to move back to more familiar ground downtown now, because wrapped work on their fourth LP. This news is so new, the record is still being mastered, artwork is still being finalized and a release date is still...

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Friday, 09 December 2011
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You may have noticed a change lately; things haven't seemed quite the same. When you go to the mall, there seems to be a new profusion of brightly-colored decorations hanging up. Down on the street, bells seem to be chiming more regularly than usual, and the population seems to be equally divided between wildly happy people and nervous, stressed out people. What the hell's going on? Oh right! Christmas is coming! Oh no – Christmas is coming! Chances are good...

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Friday, 09 December 2011