Monthly Archives: December 2010

How much live music can you get for the price of a laptop? (Part 2)

NOTE: Because this review is so long, I’ve split it into two posts. This is Part 2. Part 1 is available here.

Where was I? Oh yeah, lots of memorable concerts this year…

Rogue Wave – August 6 @ Hard Rock Café, Chicago

Rogue Wave

“Hi. We’re Rogue Wave and this is the strangest show we’ve ever done.” Continue reading

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How much live music can you get for the price of a laptop? (Part 1)

NOTE: Because this review is so long, I’ve split it into two posts. This is Part 1. Part 2 is available here.

After my interest in live music blew up last year, I began keeping track of all the acts I was seeing. Dates, venues and ticket prices all dutifully went into my files. Now as 2010 comes to a close, I thought it would be fun to sit down and look a little closer at the numbers; now I have quantitative proof that this was a great year for music! Thankfully, when I counted it all up, I didn’t actually spend as much money on concerts in 2010 as I thought I did. In total, it was only about as much as a new laptop, and looking back, I think it was money well spent. Continue reading

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Three for Thursday Returns!

It has been too long, friends, since I forced my musical opinions on you in the form of pretty flashing videos. Three for Thursday returns with a couple new music videos to spotlight some of the tracks that have been burning holes through my headphones which can now burn holes through your eyeballs, too. Continue reading

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A Hypnotic Shade of Blue

Chagall Windows

I alighted from the 6 bus yesterday, the first snowy day of the year, to start a last round of profligate spending that began during Thanksgiving with the goal of leaving my walls and wardrobe less bare. The stores lay on a convenient south-north route along State and Michigan, and I got off at Jackson. With the Art Institute directly in my line of sight, I decided to delay my brief foray into Christmas consumerism and take advantage of the university’s Arts Pass to see the Chagall windows.

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A Rehearsal among Friends: Two Nights of A Perfect Circle Live in Las Vegas

A Perfect Circle

View from the third row, night one

I realize that I’m prone to hyperbole and am always speaking of “my favorite drink” or “the greatest song ever” or that one time that was “the best,” but believe me (if you can) when I claim that A Perfect Circle is among my absolute favorite bands of all time. Ever. And if you are looking for me to back up yet another audacious claim, take the fact that I flew to Las Vegas to see them as proof. Continue reading

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