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Tag - Made in Chicago

Glenn Kotche Wilco

Wilco have risen above the term "popular" in their hometown of Chicago. The Grammy award-winning rock quartet has put out near-perfect albums and captivated fans with their live shows in the last 20 years of existence. Recently they announced the band's annual holiday shows and proceeded to sell all six shows out almost immediately. 

Funeral Bonsai Wedding

It's amazing what a change of pace and scenery can do for an artist's work. Country and folk singer/guitarist Steve Dawson is well established around Chicago (best known for working with Dolly Varden) but that didn't stop him from switching up his game and forming a new group he's calling Funeral Bonsai Wedding which celebrates its debut album release this Friday at Constellation in Roscoe Village.

Dee Alexander

Many musicians attribute their taste in music to their parents. Few pay tribute to them in as literal and beautiful methods as acclaimed Chicago singer Dee Alexander. Seasoned in blues, gospel and soul music, Alexander's true niche is jazz music and her newest album Songs My Mother Loves highlights the biggest influences in her career including Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole and, of course, her own mother who introduced her to all the greats. 

Made in Chicago: Mavis Staples

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 12:00 AM by Katie Karpowicz

Mavis Staples

Mavis Staple is a Chicago great, and an integral name in the make up of Chicago's musical landscape. And in just a few weeks, Mavis is back here in her hometown with a performance you won't want to miss. But first, let's take a look back at Mavis Staples' incredible career.


Made in Chicago: Kids These Days

Monday, November 19, 2012 12:00 AM by Katie Karpowicz

Over the last three years Kids These Days have quickly become Chicago's musical darlings. That's not a term you would often hear associated with a hip-hop troupe, but Kids These Days are a new breed for the genre. In fact, limiting them to the hip-hop genre alone would be nearly insulting. This month, the band releases its highly anticipated debut album and, on November 24, will headline an all-ages show the Vic.

Made In Chicago: The Hood Internet

Monday, October 22, 2012 12:00 AM by Katie Karpowicz

Hood Internet - Blog

In the mid-aughts a former biochemical engineer named Greg Gillis, performing under the name Girl Talk, brought a new genre of music to the forefront: mashup--the digital combination of well known pop, rock and rap songs. For instance, pairing Ludacris lyrics over an instrumental track of Ozzy Osbourne.  What followed Gillis’ breakthrough was an army of mashup DJs seeking to put their own spin, literally, on the new style of music. 

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