Archive: July 19, 2009 - July 25, 2009

XX Merge Halftime Report

XX Merge isn't your typical festival. It's not a big outdoor event with multiple stages. It's not a city-wide thing with simultaneous shows all over town. It's based at one club (the Cat's Cradle), with a bunch of bands that by no means all sound the same, but are similar...

By David Malitz | July 24, 2009; 8:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

Merge Records Top 20 for MergeXX

Headlines: Special edition of the Morning Mix today, in honor of my trip down to North Carolina for MergeXX. Expect things to be quiet on here for the next few days. I might check in with a quick post or two, but this is my actual vacation, so blogging...

By David Malitz | July 22, 2009; 8:16 AM ET | Comments (7)

Chris Brown -- "My Bad"; MCA Fighting Cancer; "Thriller" About to Topple the Eagles

Headlines: Five months after his arrest for assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna, Chris Brown finally issued an apology. The two-minute video is about what you'd expect -- he's very sorry, nobody's more disappointed in him than himself, he's continuing to try to make himself a better person. We'll see if this...

By David Malitz | July 21, 2009; 9:36 AM ET | Comments (3)

Future of the Left: Live Last Night

(All photos by Milica Wren) By Patrick Foster "We don't want anything spindly," said Future of the Left guitarist Andy Falkous during the offhand soundcheck before his band's gig at DC9 last night. It was a bit of a wisecrack, since few soundmen on the planet could reduce the gut-punch...

By David Malitz | July 20, 2009; 4:20 PM ET | Comments (1)

Tortoise: Live Last Night

By Mark Jenkins Like portrait painters who continue after the invention of photography, the members of Tortoise prevail at a craft that isn't strictly necessary. The eclectic Chicago instrumental-rock quintet, which performed Sunday night at the Black Cat, emulates various genres of machine-generated music. Yet the band produces nearly...

By David Malitz | July 20, 2009; 12:20 PM ET | Comments (1)

Pitchfork, Siren: Weekend Festival Roundup

Micachu at Siren Festival. (Photo courtesy of the Music Slut) Headlines: It was a big festival weekend all over, so that will be the focus of this morning's mix. Out in Chicago, Pitchfork had its fifth annual celebration of, well, itself. Friday was old-timers night with bands that made their...

By David Malitz | July 20, 2009; 9:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bill Kirchen: Live Last Night

By Mike Joyce Hearing Bob Dylan at two New port Folk Festivals in the mid-'60's "ruined me for normal work," confessed singer, songwriter and guitarist Bill Kirchen at the Birchmere on Saturday night, in between overhauling two Dylan classics: a sleek, harmonically embellished rendition of "It Takes a Lot...

By David Malitz | July 19, 2009; 8:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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