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Concert Wed Jan 24 2007

Kuff 'Em If They Can't Take a Joke...

How obnoxious do you have to be to get banned from the pages of Vice magazine? To their credit, the Philly hip-hop crew Plastic Little recently became the first to earn that distinction when they placed a series of prankish ads for their debut full-length LP She’s Mature. The first advert, which detailed a hipster’s homoerotic fantasies involving Jay-Z, largely passed without comment. But when a follow-up featured a passing dis of hip-hop clothing line Triple5Soul; the mag’s editors -- fearing a loss in revenue from a staple sponsor -- pulled the band’s card post-haste. And if you’ve heard anything by Plastic Little, none of this would seem the least bit surprising. They're raw and rambunctious, ironic and "potty-mouthed," and they know how to bring that bump that gets a crowd dancing, laughing, and chanting along. After all, they openly brag, they’re only in the rap game for the free drinks.

Despite the underground buzz kicked up by their 2005 EP, Thug Paradise, limited touring has kept Plastic Little a strictly East Coast party phenomenon over the past several years. The new album may very well help them stack a little pocket change, partially thanks to support from higher-profile associates like SpankRock, Diplo, CX Kidtronix, and King Honey. They’ll be making their Chicago debut at the Empty Bottle this Friday night, club-bangin’ with a set that’ll get the crowd “bouncing like bullets off the Popemobile.” What's more, in recent weeks the show roster's piled up as a must-catch billing of local comers like includes Kid Sister, "hoodtronic" beatslinger Vyle, and the Gutter Butter DJs. Kid Sister’s scheduled to headline, making this a hips-grinding, jawn-hollering evening from start to finish. Show starts at 10pm, tickets are $8 at the door.

[mp3]: Plastic Little "Crambodia (featuring Ghostface Killah & SpankRock)"
[mp3]: Plastic Little "Hi Bitches"

UPDATE: Gawker (thanks for the link, guys) heard back from Vice, who say the ad actually did run. Anyone have proof?

 

Classical Wed Aug 06 2014

Pulling Strings: For classical music in Chicago, you got a guy - August 2014

By Transmission

Before the main classical season kicks into gear in the next month or two, take advantage of these local artists and ensembles playing throughout the city.

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Blogroll

  Chicago Music Media

Alarm Magazine
BackStage
Big Rock Candy Mountain
Boxx Magazine
Brooklyn Vegan Chicago
Can You See The Sunset From The Southside
Chicago Reader Music
Chicagoist Arts & Events
ChicagoMusic.org
Chicago Music Guide
Chicago Singles Club
CHIRP
Country Music Chicago
Cream Team
Dark Jive
Daytrotter
The Deli Chicago
Jim DeRogatis
Do312
Fake Shore Drive
Gowhere Hip Hop
Gridface
The Hood Internet
Innerview
Jaded in Chicago
Largehearted Boy
Little White Earbuds
Live Fix Blog
Live Music Blog
Loud Loop Press
Oh My Rockness
Pop 'stache
Pitchfork
Pop Matters
Resident Advisor
Songs:Illinois
Sound Opinions
Sun-Times Music Blog
Theft Liable to Prosecution
Tribune Music
UR Chicago
Victim Of Time
WFMU's Beware of the Blog
Windy City Rock

  Venues:

Abbey Pub
Andy's Jazz Club
Aragon Ballroom
Auditorium Theatre
Beat Kitchen
B.L.U.E.S
Bottom Lounge
Buddy Guy's Legends
The Burlington
California Clipper
Concord Music Hall
Congress Theater
Constellation
Cubby Bear
Double Door
Elbo Room
Empty Bottle
FitzGerald's
Green Mill
The Hideout
Honky Tonk BBQ
House of Blues
Kingston Mines
Lincoln Hall
Logan Square Auditorium
Martyrs'
Mayne Stage
Metro
The Mutiny
Old Town School of Folk Music
Park West
Red Line Tap
Reggie's Rock Club & Music Joint
The Riviera
Rosa's
Schubas
Thalia Hall
The Shrine
Smartbar
Subterranean
Symphony Center
Tonic Room
Township
Uncommon Ground
The Vic
The Whistler

  Labels, Promoters
  & Shops:

Alligator Records
Atavistic
Beverly Records
Bloodshot Records
Dave's Records
Delmark Records
Drag City
Dusty Groove
Flameshovel Records
Groove Distribution
He Who Corrupts
Hozac
Jam Productions
Jazz Record Mart
Kranky Records
Laurie's Planet of Sound
Minty Fresh
Numero Group
mP Shows
Permanent Records
Reckless Records
Smog Veil Records
Southport & Northport Records
Thick Records
Thrill Jockey Records Touch & Go/Quarterstick Records
Victory Records


Events

Sat Aug 23 2014
Ken Vandermark's Audio One @ Constellation

Sat Aug 23 2014
Deer Tick @ Metro

Sat Aug 23 2014
Drivin' and Cryin' @ Reggies

Sat Aug 23 2014
Bridgepork @ Maria's

Sat Aug 23 2014
The Boulevard Festival

Sun Aug 24 2014
Robyn & Röyksopp Do It Again @ Pritzker Pavilion

Sun Aug 24 2014
Monkey Business Backyard BBQ @ Sportsman's Club

Sun Aug 24 2014
The Boulevard Festival

Wed Aug 27 2014
The Dutchess and the Duke @ Empty Bottle

Fri Aug 29 2014
The Bad Examples @ Mayne Stage

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