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James Ziegenfus

LIVE: 3 Shows That I’ll Recall Fondly

2008 was a pretty decent year between me and my favorite music. I liked a handful of albums, but hardly loved any. (Tim Goldsworthy’s production with Cut Copy and Hercules and Love Affair was probably the one thing that impressed me more than any specific record.) (left: Kraftwerk, “I couldn’t hold their inaction against them.) […]

LIVE: Hideout Block Party

It’s been a nice, long summer in Chicago. There are street fairs and music festivals nearly every weekend from May through September. But the unofficial end of summer music in the Windy City is typically the Hideout Block Party. (left: Monotonix engages the crowd by playing drums right on top of them.) In a dead […]

Battle of the Vices

I’m hard-pressed to think of a band I’ve seen drink more during a show than The Hold Steady. They’re the only band I’ve ever seen begin a set with a full bottle of Maker’s Mark and end 45 minutes later with an empty one. And that’s not even the extent of their drinking. Whether it […]

SUMMER FEST UPDATE ’08: Lollapalooza Wrap-Up

It is really difficult to accurately recap a destination summer music festival with 120+ acts over 3 days. Something is always going to be missed. Schedules may be released with enough time for any festivalgoer to make careful decisions about where they want to be at any given time, but plans change. A band sounds […]