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Five films that span the old studio system, the ushering in of innovation, and the road to the 70s This week sees the release of one of the most anticipated movies of the summer, Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.…
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She’s long been an expert collaborator, but she’s finally ready for stardom on her own terms. Near the end of her Sunday-night set at the Pitchfork Music Festival, Charlotte Emma Aitchison yelled, "Make some noise if me, Charli XCX, is one of the top 15 pop stars in the world!"…
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What happens if you indulge every corporate sponsor at Pitchfork? Does the Chase Sapphire Lounge have to let you in? Saturday, 4:55 PM Call me Happy Meal®.…
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Even when Mavis Staples wasn’t singing gospel at Pitchfork, her powerful spiritual voice could bring together generations. Soul and gospel legend Mavis Staples opened her set on Friday at the Pitchfork Music Festival with an Alfred Hitchcock-esque "Good evening," then proclaimed that she came to bring "joy, happiness, inspiration, and some positive vibrations."…
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Since losing both legs at the age of 19, Kris Lenzo has dedicated his life to athleticism, performing, and advocating on behalf of people with disabilities. In 1979, when Oak Park resident Kris Lenzo was a 19-year-old college sophomore, an accident at his summer job put him in the ICU for two weeks, sick with a high fever.…
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How many did you guess correctly? A crowded festival weekend means a crowded cover!…
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I’m sure you’re expecting a takedown here, since at some point in the past two decades it apparently became unforgivable for a band to record a phoned-in cover of “I’m a Believer” for a family movie starring an animated green ogre. I don’t blame anyone who sees Smash Mouth as a joke, since they’ve squandered much of their early promise, but I do wish more people could remember the band’s ingenuity.…
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The Mountain Movers are among my current faves, because they know how to freak the fuck out. Formed in the mid-2000s, the Connecticut band started as a showcase for the songs of New Haven indie rocker Dan Greene, and since then their cosmic trajectory has been eerily similar to that of many mid-60s rock groups who started out playing fairly straightforward pop but ventured into blistering psychedelia by the end of the decade.…
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Peter Frampton’s got a right to sing the blues. The versatile guitarist recently revealed he has a degenerative muscle disorder called inclusion body myositis, which means his fingers might eventually stop letting him play his treasured instruments, including his iconic Les Paul.…
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Over the past few years, trumpeter Will Miller has beavered away on a bedroom jazz project called Resavoir while juggling other gigs, most notably in popular country-soul group Whitney. About a year ago Miller finally brought Resavoir to life, tapping into his network of talented Chicago friends to form a full-fledged band: saxophonist Irvin Pierce, bassist Lane Beckstrom, drummers Peter Manheim and Jeremy Cunningham, and keyboardist-vocalist Akenya Seymour.…

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