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Punk and Purpose: an Interview with David Anthony

Punk and Purpose: an Interview with David Anthony

David Anthony, former music editor for A.V. Club and current managing editor for Chicago Ideas, lays bare his musical past and speaks on how he’s living his dream.   Q: Seeing how you’re a Columbia College alum, and some might say “ a success story,” I think everyone would first like to know about your […]

Raffe’s Record Riot

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Raffe’s Record Riot

On Cicero Avenue, a mannequin of Elvis Presley peers outside the window, guarding relics of a different time. That Elvis mannequin is guarding Raffe’s Record Riot. Raffe’s is a dedicated record store that has been lingering around now for 30 years and counting. Even while facing the digital future and despite business slowing down, it […]

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Is online streaming helping or hurting Chicago musicians?

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Is online streaming helping or hurting Chicago musicians?

After their midnight set at Liar’s Club located at 1665 W. Fullerton Avenue, brothers Alex and Brett Fishback set up a booth to sell merchandise for their band, Long Live the Goat. Taking a page from musicians across the country, these Chicago brothers must rely on t-shirt sales and other small items to make money […]

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‘Karaoke Rap’ lounge in Wicker Park delighting music lovers

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‘Karaoke Rap’ lounge in Wicker Park delighting music lovers

In Chicago’s Wicker Park community, a tall grey building blends into the weekend nightlife perfectly, home to a restaurant and lounge called Jerry’s. You might miss if it wasn’t for its signature neon rooster resting atop the lounge’s orange logo.  Jerry’s hosts many entertainment nights, their most popular being Original Rap Karaoke. Entering the building is […]

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Indie band FreeThinker brings fresh sounds to House of Blues

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Indie band FreeThinker brings fresh sounds to House of Blues

The diverse crowd that filled Chicago’s House of Blues to listen to a new indie band seemed timid at first, but a familiar nod of the head and the tap of the foot soon gave way. They came to see FreeThinker, a group of passionate, funky St. Louis natives who took to the stage for […]

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‘Raw Artists’ showcase coming to Chicago May 18

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‘Raw Artists’ showcase coming to Chicago May 18

Walking into a Raw Artists: Indianapolis event was like diving into another world. Models with strange makeup seemed to float across the floor. A girl with a neon lighted hula-hoop that changed colors to the music astounded the audience. Each artist’s presentation booth promised something different–sometimes serene, sometimes bizarre–to the viewers. Raw Artists hosts a […]

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Music Box Theater showcase ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ experience

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Music Box Theater showcase ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ experience

The night began with an extensive line going down Southport Avenue in front of the Music Box Theater. Young adults sporting teased hair and an abundance of eye makeup were present, ready for an evening dedicated to the cult driven classic, Rocky Horror Picture Show. Doors opened at 12 a.m., the traditional call time for […]

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