Author Archives: Surfer Rosa

The Return of Pixies

Less than a week from now, Pixies will return to the Aragon Ballroom.  It’s not clear which band member needs the money this time around, but it is clear that Chicago Pixies fans had enough pent up demand to merit … Continue reading

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I Believe You All Need to Get You Some Shearwater

Shearwater’s latest full length LP Rook was released June 2. I picked up a copy a few weeks ago when they played the Empty Bottle here in Chicago. At this point, Rook is my favorite album of 2008. Shearwater’s gorgeous … Continue reading

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Man Man at Congress Theater 12/2

To the first time viewer, Man Man seems to start off like the musical version of the film My Kid Could Paint That. Five guys dressed in white tees, white sweatbands and white cutoffs, banging on various percussion instruments, a … Continue reading

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Pitchfork 2007 v. Lollapalooza 2007

Logistics/Location: Lolla’s stages are much farther apart. Pitchfork’s small stage is a closet (and apparently a fire hazard). Pitchfork allows chairs. Lolla allows re-entry. Pitchfork is right next to the Green Line. Lolla’s a few blocks from the Red, Brown, … Continue reading

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Lollapalooza 2007: Things That Sucked:

Not being able to get anywhere near the stage when Cold War Kids played Not being able to get anywhere close to even the soundbooth when Modest Mouse played — guess My Morning Jacket with the symphony doesn’t appeal to … Continue reading

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Lollapalooza 2007 Best and Worst Rants

Best Rant: Eddie Vedder taking on BP Amoco for building its Whiting, IN refining facility that will increase the amount of legal dumping into Lake Michigan. Come on Indiana – isn’t your lakefront dirty enough? Have you smelled yourself lately? … Continue reading

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Lollapalooza 2007 Best Performances

5 stars The Hold Steady: the band and the crowd could not have been more into this performance, as evidenced by Craig Finn’s comment that they’ll be opening for the Stones in London this coming week, but that it can’t … Continue reading

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Lollapalooza 2007: Best People Watching

Best T-shirt sightings: I (heart) hot moms Italian Sausage (with arrow pointing down on barely covered gut) The Man The Legend (with arrow pointing up for the former and down for the latter) “Catfight” T-shirt with a kitten holding a … Continue reading

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F*ck Tha Police

Last week Slate‘s Stephen Metcalf explored the Sting we all know now — the pretentious, Jaguar-shilling, tantric lovemaking bore that can’t seem to create a simple catchy song without over-the-top emotive lyrics — to the clever, spare, and anti-bombastic sound … Continue reading

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The Real Inconvenient Truth?

In reviewing this year’s Grammy telecast, much was said about the irony of dropping thousands of pounds of paper confetti on the country’s best-known environmentalist.  Other ironies abounded, including my favorite, via Idolator’s liveblog: 11:14 p.m. The confetti surrounds Al … Continue reading

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