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 Kathryn Bigelow upset the odds in 2009 when her indie-scale, grunt-level look at the Iraq War, The Hurt Locker, knocked aside her ex-husband James Cameron’s 3D extravaganza, Avatar, at Oscar time. Although her latest
09.09.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Good news for anybody hoping to squeeze a little more life out of the summer: Promoters have announced the second annual Pabst Blue Ribbon Street Festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 26 in the Third Ward, near Erie and Water Street. The lineup is entirely local, an inspired mix of festival regulars and not-so-usual suspects that includes The Rusty Ps, The Celebrated Workingman, Scarring Par...
06.15.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
I'm cautiously optimistic that yesterday's shooting at the Locust Street Festival won't tarnish the annual Riverwest celebration. Without downplaying the severity of any shooting, yesterday's incident wasn't particularly sensational�the victim and the shooter apparently knew each other, so it wasn't a random act of violence�and the Locust Street Festival doesn't have any real history of violence f...
08.14.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
As we enter the final stretch of summer, magazines and newspapers have begun to crown their choices for 2009's song of the summer. The New York Postcalled it for Black Eyed Peas' "Boom Boom Pow," ironically the worst song of the summer, but better options abound. I'll submit 10: 1. Jeremih - "Birthday Sex" A slippery hook put Jeremih's debut single atop the charts; legions ...
08.10.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Were the seeds of a potential Animal Collective backlash sewn at the band's ambient Saturday evening Lollapalooza set? I like the band well enough, but I found the half hour I caught fairly insufferable. Other critics concur, even ones unabashed about their Animal Collective fandom. The Chicago Tribune called their set "heavy on repetitive beats and monotonous keyboard noodling. Wh...
08.07.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Though they didn't upstage the headliner, last night's Lykke Li concert at the Turner Hall Ballroom benefited from a pair of nice openers: Esser and Miike Snow, two acts with far fuller live shows than their recordings suggest. Esser was the more disposable of the two, a British singer with Vanilla Ice's hair and Terry Hall's voice, which only further highlighted The Specials accents in ...

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