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Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008

Tonight @ the Rave - 8 p.m.

You have to wonder if, after seven years together, the Sublime tribute band Badfish ever gets tired of playing Sublime music—especially since Sublime only recorded three albums, so there isn’t a whole lot of material for them to cover. But the continued demand for Sublime’s music, especially on campus, has turned this...
Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008

Tonight @ the Rave - 8 p.m.

Since their “MMMBop” 15-minutes expired and their label did the inevitable, dropping them, the band Hanson has become a walking survival guide for one-hit wonders. Taking control of their image, the brothers passed themselves off as victims, telling their side of the story in the sympathetic documentary Strong Enough to Break. They've since toured and recorded as an independent band, mining their minor celebrity...
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008

Rap stardom, club culture and alternative rock

   Our conversation is painful, marked by enough long pauses to fill an entire season of "The Office." Pharrell Williams, the singer and public face of N.E.R.D., is normally the chatty one, but right now he's so disinterested in my questions that he's making his less talkative bandmate Shay answer them from a third phone line. Though he struggles to be polite, Shay prefaces many of his short answers with a barely disguised sigh.  "Hey, P, you still there?"
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008

Tonight @ the Rave - 8 p.m.

Kanye West cemented his star-making reputation when he produced Common’s 2005 hit Be, a soulful, down-to-Earth album that resuscitated Common’s career after 2002’s ambitious but muddled Electric Circus. Common teamed up with West again for much of 2007’s Finding Forever, a respectable sequel that never fully captured the simple charm of Be, but for Common’s upcoming album, Universal Mind Control, the conscious...
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008

Tonight @ the Rave - 8 p.m.

One of the most popular of the jam scene’s barefooted, genre-hoppin’ bros, Keller Williams has, after years of being dubbed a one-man band, made the leap to touring with an actual band. Since last year’s Bonnaroo festival, he’s been playing with guitarist Gibb Droll, drummer Jeff Sipe and String Cheese Incident bassist Keith Moseley. The new set-up...
Monday, Sept. 22, 2008

Tonight @ the Rave - 8 p.m.

At the risk of perpetuating a silly stereotype, we’ll caution that not all musicians from Australia play the didgeridoo, but Australian Xavier Rudd happens to. Then again, this roots rock musician plays all sorts of instruments: slide guitar, harmonica, banjo, bass, the djembe hand drum, etc. Displaying more than a little Paul Simon...
Friday, Sept. 19, 2008

Tonight @ the Rave - 9 p.m.

Before he was a DJ, Bad Boy Bill was another just Windy City house fan, mixing records in his bedroom at 4 a.m. and priming for a shot on the decks. Like many players of the day, Bill let his beats speak for themselves-until they piqued the legendary ear of Farley "Jackmaster" Funk of WBMX's Hot Mix Five team. After more than 20 years in dance music, Bill's live sets continue to reflect his hip-hop roots, often using four...
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008

Tonight @ the Rave - 6 p.m.

It’s unclear why anyone ever thought a band name as long and cumbersome as Fear Before the March of Flames was a good idea, but the Colorado metalcore band finally came to their senses this year, abbreviating their moniker to just Fear Before. The melodic group, which scored some major exposure on MTV2’s . . .

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