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Preview Wed Mar 02 2011

Breakups for a Listener's Pleasure

nicolea.jpgWhen Nicole Atkins last played Chicago, her backing band was called the Sea. When she returns on Friday night, it will be with the Black Sea. (No, they're not from Yalta. They're actually a few Ambulance Ltd refugees.) With that in mind, it shouldn't be a surprise that she's had a couple rough years lowlighted by some personal and professional breakups. But if not for those, her new album Mondo Amore most likely wouldn't be terrifically devastating. The jibes begin right away in the first track called "Vultures" (sample lyric: 'take all they can get until you're dirt and bone') and barely let up through "The Tower" (not exactly about building one). Atkins' superb voice carries pain, regret and freedom through tunes that cover stomping blues, twangy rock'n'roll and pop ballads.

Nicole Atkins & the Black Sea headline Subterranean on Friday, March 4. Pepper Rabbit opens at 9:30pm. Cotton Jones also plays. The show's 17+ and $13 in advance, $15 at the door. Subterranean's located at 2011 W. North Ave.


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Classical Thu Sep 04 2014

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

By Elliot Mandel

It's gonna be a great season.

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Alarm Magazine
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mP Shows
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Reckless Records
Smog Veil Records
Southport & Northport Records
Thick Records
Thrill Jockey Records Touch & Go/Quarterstick Records
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Tue Sep 16 2014
World Music Festival

Wed Sep 17 2014
Tobacco, The Stragazer Lilies, Oscillator Bug @ Lincoln Hall

Wed Sep 17 2014
Diplomats of Drum, Hawaiian Music Masters @ Old Town School of Folk Music

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World Music Festival

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DJ James Murphy @ Smartbar

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Shonen Knife @ Bottom Lounge

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World Music Festival

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Pinback @ Bottom Lounge

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Black Lips & King Khan @ Logan Square Auditorium

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World Music Festival

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Nellie McKay and Diana Lawrence @ SPACE

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312 Urban Block Party

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World Music Festival

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City Made Festival

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World Music Festival

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