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Thursday
Jul142011

PITCHFORK MUSIC FESTIVAL 2011 PREVIEW

by Neil Miller, Jr.

In lieu of telling you to go see Curren$y, tUnE-yArds, Battles, Gang Gang Dance, The Dismemberment Plan, Fleet Foxes, Toro y Moi, Cut Copy, or TV On The Radio at the Pitchfork Music Festival this weekend — although these are all acts that should really be on your 'must see' list — I'm going to offer up three artists that might not have hit your radar that are also worth seeing.  They're lesser known than all those amazing artists I just named, but by no means does that imply that they aren't as good.  So, check it out and enjoy Pitchfork 2011...

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Sunday
Jul102011

Lollapalooza Preview: SKRILLEX

by Neil Miller, Jr.

One would think that making the jump from fronting a fairly reputable hardcore/screamo band (From First To Last) to becoming a superstar amongst the electronic/dance crowd would be quite a daunting task.  Well, for Sonny Moore, it’s been nothing but a breeze since his inception as Skrillex.  Within the span of one year, he’s been signed to Deadmau5’s Mau5trap label, topped the Beatport charts more consistently than any of his peers (for those who don’t know about Beatport, basically if you have a #1 track on there, chances are you won’t go to a club without hearing it), and he’s been touring practically nonstop.  One thing's for sure, this dancefloor menace is merely getting started.

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Thursday
Jul072011

Jessie and the Toy Boys


by Neil Miller, Jr.

Flexing a pop muscle with a knack for songwriting, Jessie and the Toy Boys are destined to take the world by storm this year. If it’s not enough that she’s currently touring with Britney Spears and Nicki Minaj on the Femme Fatale tour, which stops in Chicago tomorrow night at the United Center, she also has an album dropping this year with an EP (Show Me Your Tan Lines) out now. Although the EP has been done for some time, the timing for its release couldn’t be better to coincide with the momentous tour she’s on with Ms. Spears. “I wrote most of the songs on the EP last summer/fall, so by the time of completion I had to wait another year to put them out, which worked out perfectly because it takes that long to perfect each song and go through everything with a fine-toothed comb,” Jessie states.

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Wednesday
Jun292011

It's Turban Time

picture courtesy of Blaubushka.com

by Lenora E. Houseworth

I have been so obsessed with different fabrics lately, whether it be scarves or sarongs, there are just so many different things you can do with a mere piece of cloth! That is why I was delighted to see the turban trend levitate off high fashion runways to fashion-forward fashionistas everywhere.

I will be honest, when I first saw this trend a few seasons back, I was completely unfazed — actually, that’s a huge understatement — I hated it. That was until one day I was rushing out of the house and decided to give the look a try. Now, I absolutely love the latest headwear trend, especially on bad hair days. It also is a great alternative to protect your hair from the sun in addition to hats. Even with this style, there are so many ways to wear a head scarf. Look at some of the following examples to get inspired.

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Monday
Jun272011

Detroit Electronic Music Festival 2011: The Experience

photo from getallexcited.org

by Patrick Johnson

Detroit. The Motor City. Motown. The D. 313.

For many different people, Detroit represents many different things. Many regard it as a post industrial wasteland, the living embodiment of capitalism's ambition and avarice gone awry. Others see it as a city-wide blank canvas, a place where population numbers and property values have dipped so low, young creative types can transform large tracts of land into workshops and studios. And for a small yet passionate portion of the population, the name Detroit is inexorably tied to the mechanical style of electronic music it bore in the early 80s: techno. Every Memorial Day weekend, thousands upon thousands of music fans and revelers descend upon this city of ruins to celebrate techno and all of its varied offshoots. Three days out of the year, the concrete playground known as Hart Plaza, situated in the heart of downtown Detroit, plays host to Movement (alternately known as the Detroit Electronic Music Festival, or DEMF), one of North America's premier electronic music fests. Now in its 11th year, the fest has gone through much controversy, several name changes, and has been passed off from promoter to promoter (Paxahau has been holding it down for the past five years). What endures, though, is the music. Each year, Movement brings in an impressive and eclectic roster of local and international talent, balancing popular and rare acts, legends and up-and-comers, the commercial and the underground. The fest itself is only half the story, though, as venues across the city boast afterparties with lineups that rival the names appearing at Hart Plaza. With enough stamina (and illicit substances), it's possible to party non-stop from Friday night until Tuesday morning.

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