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Friday
Sep092011

Andrew McMahon's Intimate & Inspiring Apple Store Performance

by Lindsey Shaw

Any other day at the Apple Store on North Michigan Avenue would have drawn regular iPod purchasers and MacBook browsers, but on September 3rd the energy was charged with more than consumerism as fans gathered to spend some time with Andrew McMahon, the sole driving force behind Jack's Mannequin. Met with everything from a marriage proposal to birthday balloons, the former Something Corporate member and lead singer of Jack’s Mannequin shared tales of his musical ventures along with unheard tracks off the upcoming album People and Things.

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Tuesday
Aug162011

Lollapalooza 2011: A Summary of Sorts

photographed and written by Neil Miller, Jr.

Every year since 2005, Lollapalooza descends upon Grant Park for a weekend full of good music, moderately priced grub, and 270,000 people all scurrying to catch their favorite acts. The heat was killer, which made the trek between main stages at opposite ends of the park an exhausting one. Ultimately though, the results were rewarding. For Lolla’s 20th anniversary, they really brought it this year with a stellar lineup and a weekend that will surely serve as the best of the year for many people.

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Tuesday
Aug162011

RETROACTIVITIES Vol. 1 | A Recollection of All Things Old and Pixelated

Screenshot of Super Mario Kart for SNES | credit: Dan's Bit Ratchet Blog

by Gino (OMGino) Pennacchio | @ZOMGino


The fleeting moment of victory in Mario Kart… there really isn’t anything quite like it…

Tell me that you have beaten Super Mario Kart for the Super Nintendo, 150cc, on Special Cup, with 45 points.  Not 42… not 39… but 45. First place finish each race. Tell me you have done this… that you have at one point defied all odds and fended off that pesky bitch, Koopa Troopa, five straight times with perfect results.  Tell me you have managed to defeat a team of ultra-skilled CPUs that are able to jump over banana peels (seriously how is that even fair) and shoot flaming Bowser balls (what else would you call them), Yoshi eggs and shrinking mushrooms — all at the incredibly annoying frequency of every five seconds — on five courses that are designed to fuck you big time.

If you’ve done this, we need to have coffee together because that “holy-shit” moment happened to me eight months ago. When it happened I kind of couldn’t believe it. I sat there staring at the flawless line:
“1. Mario…………………………..45”

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Friday
Jul222011

Lollapalooza Preview: Deftones

by Neil Miller, Jr.

Few bands that can be lumped into the metal genre have had as much crossover success and so many stellar albums as Sacramento's own Deftones.  With only one or two slight missteps in their career (their 2003 self-titled record being the most common amongst hardcore fans), the Deftones can be considered legends of our time through their unique mish-mashing of everything from metal to punk to trip-hop and everything in between.  Although most consider 2000's White Pony to be their career peak, last year's Diamond Eyes is certainly a worthy forerunner to their best work and surely better things to come.

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Friday
Jul222011

LOLLAPALOOZA PREVIEW: Midnight Conspiracy

Midnight Conspiracy - The Mustache & The Ninja

by Sara Cannon

In the ever growing sea of DJs and electronic acts out there, it takes more than talent and desire to distinguish yourself from the rest. It takes a mustache, it takes a ninja, it takes a producer who can travel through time, space, and the realms of hell. It's a good thing then that Midnight Conspiracy possess all three.

The group, which formed in late 2009 and "officially" debuted in January of 2010, has come a long way in a very short amount of time. Yes, they hit the Hype Machine's Top 5, five times with their amazingly produced remixes, had multiple tracks on BBC Radio 1's Kissy Sell Out show, and toured non-stop — melting faces with their hard hitting sets in over 50 cities in two continents, but it doesn't end there. What truly sets Midnight Conspiracy apart from other bands is, well, they are more than just a band. When they are in their hometown of Chicago, they are booking, producing, and promoting some of the biggest electronic events in the city and running their own clothing line under their Dead Fame brand and collective (we'll get to that in a bit). By doing so, Mid Con has amassed an impressive and very loyal following of fans, a feat not all Chicago-based artists, even internationally touring ones signed to major labels, can attest to.

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