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A.V. Club Chicago, RIP

The inaugural A.V. Fest Chicago (2011) (more by Matt Ziegler)The A.V. Club launched more robust Chicago-specific content in 2005 and its online component--chicago...

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bvChicago’s guide to Record Store Day 2012

As you may know, the 5th annual Record Store Day is taking place this Saturday (April 21), at independent shops throughout the country. Reckless Records, Permanent Records, Laurie's Planet of Sound, Dave's Records, and many more stores throughout the city have A TON of stuff going on...

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Are Touch and Go Records back in action? New CocoRosie 7″ on the way

As Pitchfork points out, Touch and Go Records temporarily stopped releasing new material in 2009, however seem to be gearing up for the release of a new CocoRosie 7"...

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Kanye West & Jay-Z settle out of court w/ Syl Johnson

Syl Johnson @ the Bell House in June (BKLYN) (more by Jacob Blickenstaff)

TMZ reports that Chicago soul singer Syl Johnson, who sued Kanye West and Jay-Z in 2011 over the improper use of his song "Different Strokes" in the Watch the Throne track "The Joy," has now reached an out-of-court settlement with the pair of rappers...

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Lollapalooza tax update: Fork it over!

Lollapalooza 2011 (more by Grant MacAllister)The Cook County Board of Commissioners Wednesday approved a measure giving it control over waivers from the 1...

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Record Store Day – Black Friday 2011

As we're nearing Record Store Day's Black Friday sale, news on exactly what will be in stores has been released. Chris Brown of Portland's Bull Moose Records has given us a two-part video rundown of most of the day's special releases...

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SXSW holding a mixer @ Hideout tonight ————————– (Badge Giveaway, Free Drinks)

As you can see in the above tweet, SXSW will be holding a mixer tonight (10/28) at the Hideout from 5:30 to 7:30PM, which includes badge giveaways and free drinks...

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Screeching Weasel (aka just Ben) release statement +++ schedule gig @ Reggie’s

You may remember what went down at SXSW 2011 with the Chicago-based band Screeching Weasel at the Scoot Inn. In short, all members have quit aside from the band's founder Ben Foster (aka Ben Weasel), who has just announced an October 29th performance at Reggie's...

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Trax Records celebrating 25 years w/ new CD & DVD doc.

Before there were jet-setting superstar DJs, multi-day dance festivals, Ableton Live, laptops and CDs, there was Trax Records. Before there was trance, techno, drum n' bass, dubstep and every other dance music sub genre you can think of, there was pure house music and the label that started it all was Trax Records...

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3 Chicago labels named in Billboard’s top 50 Independent!

Billboard has named HoZac, Drag City, Kranky, and Jagjaguwar in its top 50 independent US labels list.

Check out a blurb about each, directly below...

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