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Andrew / March 16, 2008 8:59 PM

Here's the list from '05, for reference.

pro abortion / March 16, 2008 9:26 PM

Mr. Blotto
been seeing em' since 95.

Mac / March 16, 2008 11:23 PM and my singing in the shower.

Michael / March 17, 2008 12:32 AM

I caught Company of Thieves at the metro a few months ago and loved 'em. Been listening to them quite a bit lately.

billy / March 17, 2008 8:45 AM

welcome to ashley.

Dutch101 / March 17, 2008 9:41 AM

I very much enjoyed a couple of Bitter Tears shows that I saw this last year. Very theatrical.

The Hood Internet has some pretty good mashups, though I have yet to see them live, and my experience with laptop acts is that they appear as though they are pretty much hitting "play" on itunes and then checking their email onstage.

I also like Ariel, who if they ever got consistent and started putting out all stuff at the level of some of their best, they would be pretty popular, I think.

jennifer / March 17, 2008 10:16 AM

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Del Rey is one of the best local bands around.

Also, Dianogah.

printdude / March 17, 2008 10:50 AM

I'm still rockin' to Trailer Hitch.

Rose Hill Drive is rockin' me 70's Style, on a tip from a pal.

Bobby Conn is still local (loco?) n'est-ce-pas?

That's my three pennies in the fountain of Rock

kate / March 17, 2008 11:39 AM

The M's


Mannequin Men


the Floss

And if it were still 2005, the Ponys.

David / March 17, 2008 11:44 AM

I've been really enjoying mixtapes by Snoozefest, a local southside MC.

And I love a band from Wicker Park, called "Aren't My Shoelaces Neat?" Their "Poorly Expensively Dressed" EP was probably my favorite of '07.

wackpuma / March 17, 2008 1:09 PM



spook / March 17, 2008 1:53 PM

Marvin Tate
at the Mafia Cafe, this Friday.

Man I hope they serve drinks!

spook / March 17, 2008 1:53 PM

Marvin Tate
at the Mafia Cafe, this Friday.

Man I hope they serve drinks!

Jen / March 17, 2008 1:57 PM

Company of Thieves!

And the Rickters, and the Smoking Popes .

kelly / March 17, 2008 2:09 PM

Tall Friends

We Make Thunder

jen / March 17, 2008 4:13 PM

Tall Friends and We Make Thunder are fun too! The Champions of Breakfast, who opened for them last week are pretty darn funny!

Poochie / March 17, 2008 4:45 PM

I'm so far out of the local music loop. Other than the folks I read about in the newspapers (like The Cool Kids or Kid Sister, etc. who by that time are national names), I don't know anybody. I used to like Nightshift, that old guy band at the Lakeview Lounge, but they've since disbanded since the bar closed following The Great Hipster Invasion of 2005-6

Sp00k, where is the Mafia Cafe? I used to go see Marvin Tate when he read at a bar on Division strett "back in the day" as they say.

Cletus Warhol / March 17, 2008 5:10 PM

I'm also mostly out of the local band loop, although I've been getting my hermit ass out more often and am slowly rectifying that situation. Plus, someone just turned me on to Office and I'm enjoying them a lot.

There is one local musician named Nathan Xander who is very good (I've seen him do solo acoustic sets a few times). He'll be appearing at The Empty Bottle this Thursday with his band @ 9:30. They play an intense brand of electrified Americana Roots type music (a la Rolling Thunder Review and such) and I'm quite psyched to see them live.

Full Disclosure- He is a good friend but his band still kicks ass.

Amanda / March 17, 2008 6:10 PM

Treaty of Paris!

LV / March 17, 2008 6:16 PM

Huh, my list is probably the same as it was in 2005:

Scotland Yard Gospel Choir
The M's
Andrew Bird
Fiery Furnaces

I need to get out and see some newer stuff.

will / March 17, 2008 8:52 PM

welcome to ashley & the narrator.

SR / March 17, 2008 8:58 PM


k_co / March 17, 2008 10:33 PM

They're MKE based, not CHI, but 1956 recently put out a new record that I'm totally digging.

m / March 17, 2008 11:35 PM

i will always love owen or any other musical makings of mike kinsella.

i had a chicago playlist once upon a time in itunes... i should try to remake it...

Claire / March 18, 2008 9:15 AM

Mira Mira ( ... just about to start up a month-long Wednesday night residency at the original (and delicious) Uncommon Ground. They've got the thoughtful indie pop thing down cold. Plus, the occasional Guns n Roses cover.

Spook / March 18, 2008 9:57 AM

Poochie, son!

Actually is called the 'the Cat mafia'
and it's located at 1429 n. kedzie in Pilsen, It says you enter from the alley.

Yea I missed Tate “back when” when he was “ubiquitous”.
But on the real check his music out. You know its good when a hip hop head like yer Spook digs his decidedly unhip hop style

corinna / March 18, 2008 2:31 PM

The Mittens on Strings and Casiotone for the Painfully Alone. yum . . .

graumach / March 18, 2008 3:43 PM

A few whose recent show & albums I've most enjoyed...

Fake Fictions
Bird Names
Coltrane Motion
Icy Demons

Dan M. / March 18, 2008 7:51 PM

I really can't push Spiller Whale enough - while they're friends, I'm honestly blown away by their four tunes. And if you haven't heard Kid Sis's rhyme on "Beeper", you're missing out out out.

BomBom / March 19, 2008 9:30 AM

Is the J.Davis Trio still around?

And the Western Elstons (sp?) are tolerable to a point.

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