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    Mates of State, MGMT Keep Lolla Rolling Late-Night

    One of Lollapalooza's added bonuses: The entire city embraces the festival, and many of the Lolla bands play late-night, intimate sets, keeping the party long after Grant Park's 10 P.M. curfew. So, while celeb, er darlings, Lindsay and Paris watched Samantha Ronson spin at Crimson after Radiohead wound down at the festival, other partiers seeking more conventional entertainment found their way to the Double Door for Mates of State and MGMT, playing an afterparty presented by Bud Light, C3, and SPIN. Husband-and-wife electric-pop outfit Mates of State employed accompaniment from the Oakland-based string duo Judgment Day, morphing the usual twosome into a quartet for the evening. Rummaging through their catalog they pulled tracks from earlier albums, including crowd pleaser "Ha Ha" off Team Boo.

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    Mark Ronson, Rhymefest, and Friends Kick Off Lollapalooza

    "Unity in Diversity" read the passage hovering above Mark Ronson as he hit the stage at Chicago's House of Blues early Friday morning (Aug. 1) to rock the official Lollapalooza kick-off party, presented by Spin, Bud Light, 93XRT, and C3.And there couldn't have been a more accurate description for the soul-funk white boy with a hard-on for trumpets. Hitting the stage after 1 A.M. in the very wee hours of the day, Ronson and his 11-man band ran through a 19-song set.

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    Jason Collett's Six-Strings Recall Chicago's Past

    Standing true to the sonic trappings of his latest record, the axe-centric gem Here's to Being Here, sometimes solo act, sometimes Broken Social Scenester Jason Collett toted his touring band Paso Mino onstage last night (March 30) and collectively wielded a bevy of six-strings during an hour-plus performance at Chicago's Schubas Tavern. With a mellow swagger feeding the Dylan-like character decreed by countless critics, Collett and crew plucked out new tunes like "Roll on Oblivion" and "Not Over You," the latter reeking of ol' Bobby Zimmerman with rollicking rhythms, country-fried licks, and Collett's forthright logic on love. After dedications to his hometown Toronto and Tropic of Cancer author Henry Miller, Collett opted for a change of pace, booting Paso Mino from the stage to strum out a "very new" untitled track about Chicago's Red Light District during the turn of the century.

  • Knob Creek’s Whiskey Professor Educates Office

    "After Knob Creek you'll be Spin-ing," Scott Masson of Chicago-based quintet Officejoked to a hometown crowd last night (Nov. 20) at Schuba's. Providing alesson in whiskey/bourbon 101, Knob Creek's "Whiskey Professor"literally warmed up the invitation only crowd with shots of free boozein preparation for a performance from the local new wave-infusedfavorites.

  • The Melodrama of Manchester Orchestra

    It's not often that you can distinctly hear the rattling of subwaycars inside a venue, especially during a performance. But last night(Nov. 6) at the Subterranean as a hushed audience listened to Andy Hullof Manchester Orchestra sing the quieter verses of "Where Have You Been" off 2007's I'm Like a Virgin Losing a Child, Chicago's Blue Line roared in the background, fitting the manic ambience of the show quite perfectly. Sandwichedbetween openers the Nevers and co-headliners Annuals, the Atlanta-bredquintet dramatically bounced between calmly romancing the crowd withsubtle instrumentals and soothing vocals to rocking the hell out of theroom. Singing lines like "If you knew I was dying would it change you?"from "I Can Barely Breathe," helped remind those twenty-somethings of atime when feeling something meant giving it 100 percent -- the angst,the heartache, the yearning -- all of it.

  • The Weakerthans' Windy City Reunion

    Winnipeg's sometimes quartet, sometimes sextet the Weakerthans wasactually a quintet at Chicago's Metro last night (Oct. 25) as theystrutted through tracks from all four of their releases, including mostrecent studio effort, Reunion Tour.

  • MGD Gets Chatty with Aimee Mann

    Under normal circumstances, mix a little Aimee Mann with a littlebeer and the outcome is a one-way ticket to drunken depression. Butlast night's (Oct. 23) installment of MGD's the Craft series featuringthe former 'Til Tuesday frontlady proved that sometimes Aimee Mann andbeer blends for a good time.

  • Juliette and the Licks Postpone a Few Midlife Crises

    Strutting across the stage at Chicago's Congress Theater like a young Mick Jagger, Juliette Lewis of Juliette and the Licks had her work cut out for her last night (July 18). Playing to a crowd of predominately middle-aged Soundgarden fans waiting for show headliner Chris Cornell, the Hollywood actress-cum-femme rocker Lewis had to pull out all the writhing, jumping and Iggy Pop-ness her petite frame could muster. And that she did for the next 40 minutes, tenfold. Culling tracks from the band's forthcoming sophomore long-player, Four on the Floor, the raucous motley crew rummaged through songs such as "Sticky Honey," "Get Up," and "Hot Kiss," finally piquing the interest of elder grunge fans and their younger protégés.

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