• Kimya Dawson

    Kimya Dawson

    Kimya Dawson mothers the Chicago kids with her folkish punk rock lullabies. Chris Catania digs.

  • Brother Ali

    Brother Ali

    Chris Catania is utterly floored by Brother Ali’s recent Chicago performance. Is the future of indie rap an albino Muslim who comes off equal parts Muhammed Ali, KRS-One and southern preacher? Maybe you should find out for yourself…

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    Justice

    Chris Catania recently got his dance on with Justice in Chicago. Sometimes — sometimes — the Grammys get it right.

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    Wilco

    Wilco’s February 20 performance eclipsed the Moon’s. Chris Catania caught them at the Riviera, under a sky blue hometown sky.

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    Daniel Johnston

    Chris Catania braved Chicago’s blizzarded streets to get a dose of Daniel Johnston’s therapy.

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    Uncle Earl

    Are you ready for the country? Zep-approved bluegrass collective Uncle Earl stop Chris Catania in his tracks with a ferocious Chicago set.

  • David Gray

    David Gray

    Despite an unpredictable set played on borrowed instruments, and at times, almost drowned out by the screams of adoring devotees, David Gray made a fan of Chris Catania one night in Chicago.

  • Peanut Butter Wolf

    Peanut Butter Wolf

    Chris Catania files a report from the Chicago stop of the hip-hoptastic Bounce Tour, featuring N.W.A. alumni and pop culture junkies-turned-rappers- like Madlib- alike. And of course, tour headliner and organizer, dj Peanut Butter Wolf.

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    DJ A-Trak

    Chris Catania separates local hype from musical substance when he checks out rising Chicago hip-hop acts Cool Kids and Kid Sister as part of an evening curated by turntablist entrepreneur A-Trak.

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    Estrojam 2007

    Chris Catania attends Chicago’s annual Estrojam festival and finds that sisters are, indeed, doing it for themselves.

  • Chemical Brothers

    Chemical Brothers

    “You are all my children now.” Techno rave meets Jim Jones as Chris Catania is inducted into the cult of Big Beat oblivion.

  • Jamie T

    Jamie T

    Chris Catania finds himself amongst a crowd who wants to hear South London’s own Jamie T play all night along. And after getting an earful of a tuneful melange of punk, r&b and everything in between, he’s inclined to agree.

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    Rock The Bells

    When Rock The Bells took its hip hop circus on the road it may have left the core acts back in the big cities (Rage Against The Machine and Public Enemy to name just two), but Chris Catania still managed to discover some sublime moments at the tour’s stop in Chicago.

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    Theo and The Skyscrapers

    Feeling dwarfed by ex-Lunachick Theo Kogan and her two towering bandmates, Chris Catania reports that Gothic dance rock is alive and well, and smashing your face in.

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    Lollapalooza

    Chris Catania, in between three days of running back and forth the length of Chicago’s Grant Park to check out the likes of Pearl Jam, Regina Spektor and Rhymefest, wonders if maybe Lollapalooza is getting a little too big.

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    Pitchfork Music Festival

    For the third straight year indie-rock tastemaker Pitchfork Media summoned the masses, including Chris Catania, and delivered a balanced mix of promising upstarts and legends for the Pitchfork Music Festival.

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    Sage Francis

    Chris Catania gets swept up by the creative electricity that had a Chicago crowd firmly in the grip of indie hip-hop mastermind Sage Francis.

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    The Clientele

    Chris Catania finds himself floating on clouds of psychedelic fuzz and memories during this triple-bill of Clientele, Beach House and Single Man Affair. Not just another night out.

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    All Smiles

    Chris Catania comes clean about a patchy night at the rock club – with All Smiles failing to live up to the hype, errr hope, and young turks Seawolf and Bronze stealing the show.

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    Stale beats? Flat lyrical punchlines? It’s a safe bet Chris Catania wasn’t amongst the fans excitedly singing… wait, no, texting Gym Class Heroes’ praises to all their friends stuck at home.

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