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Event Thu Apr 23 2009

Taste of Randolph Street Will Rock This Year


Chicago sure does love a neighborhood summer street festival. Sure, Pitchfork and Lollapalooza are great, but nothing beats paying around 10 bucks to bask in the sun while eating a BBQ turkey leg and checking out some great music.

The Taste of Randolph Street just threw down the gauntlet with their first announcement of acts playing the festival this year. The three headliners this year are Dr. Dog, Tinted Windows, and The Hold Steady. And in my opinion, these three acts alone already blow last years bill out of the water.

Dr. Dog recently played a sold out show at The Double Door, and has opened for the likes of Wilco, The Black Keys, and The Strokes. If you've been living under a rock and haven't heard about Tinted Windows (a much buzzed about act here at Gapers Block), it's the supergroup that was born out of the equation of 1 part old school Smashing Pumpkins, 1 part Fountains of Wayne, a dash of former pop sensation Hanson, and the bizarre addition of the drummer from Cheap Trick. And to finish off the Taste of Randolph will be the Springsteen loving indie rockers The Hold Steady, who brought down the house/field last year at Pitchfork Music Festival.

And all this for a suggested donation of $10. Nice.

The Taste of Randolph is June 19, 20, and 21st. The Festival is held on Randolph Street between Peoria and Racine. Keep checking the website for more band announcements.

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j / April 23, 2009 12:05 PM

You are out of your mind thinking any of these blow away Drive-By Truckers last year. But it's still a decent lineup.

Erik / April 23, 2009 1:15 PM

Didn't get to see Dr. Dog at the two sold out shows at double door. This more than makes up for it.

Lisa / April 23, 2009 6:11 PM

Drive-By was great, but was the only decent band last year. The caliber of just those three artist pales in comparison to just the one good band last year.

Now if they'd add the Drive-By Truckers again, we'd have it made :)

Erik-I was able to check out Dr. Dog at Double Door on Thursday, and will be posting about it later. It was a damn good time.

TC / April 23, 2009 11:22 PM

The Drive-By Truckers/Hold Steady co-headlining tour in the fall was one of the best pairings ever, so I'm happy anytime EITHER appears, let alone for $10

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

Transmission staffers share their most cherished memories and moments while writing for Gapers Block.

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Alarm Magazine
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Can You See The Sunset From The Southside
Chicago Reader Music
Chicagoist Arts & Events
Chicago Music Guide
Chicago Singles Club
Country Music Chicago
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Dark Jive
The Deli Chicago
Jim DeRogatis
Fake Shore Drive
Gowhere Hip Hop
The Hood Internet
Jaded in Chicago
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Little White Earbuds
Live Fix Blog
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Oh My Rockness
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Theft Liable to Prosecution
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The Mutiny
Old Town School of Folk Music
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Red Line Tap
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