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Sia Looks on the Bright Sidenew

With a new record out on Starbucks' imprint Hear Music and Monkey Puzzle Records, Sia isn't merely content to tackle one project at a time.
Chicago Newcity  |  Janine Schaults  |  02-27-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Considering 'Chicago 10' in the Present Momentnew

The fanciful documentary intercuts events on the streets of Chicago during the 1968 Democratic Convention and a re-creation of the "Chicago Seven" trial of Yippie leaders Abbie Hoffman, Rennie Davis, Jerry Rubin and others.
Chicago Newcity  |  Ray Pride  |  02-27-2008  |  Reviews

Where is the Glamour?new

At Oscar time, there's subterranean industry at work with every appearance, at every instant of elegant display: fashion designers, dressers, hairstylists, makeup artists, so that George Clooney gleams and Nicole Kidman absorbs no light.
Chicago Newcity  |  Ray Pride  |  02-20-2008  |  Movies

DJ Craze Moves from Hip-Hop to Drum 'n' Bassnew

After winning three DMC World DJ championships in consecutive years starting in 1998, it would've been easy to pigeonhole DJ Craze as just a superstar turntablist and hip-hop jock. But the Miami-based Craze started spinning and producing drum 'n' bass, becoming a fixture on the worldwide rave circuit.
Chicago Newcity  |  Al de Leon  |  02-20-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

New York Dolls Resurrect the Glamnew

Frontman David Johansen on what has kept this unlikely reunion on track and how life in the music world has changed since his groundbreaking act first hit the scene more than 35 years ago.
Chicago Newcity  |  Brad Knutson  |  02-20-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

'Be Kind Rewind': Utopian Tourette'snew

Michel Gondry says what's on his mind.
Chicago Newcity  |  Ray Pride  |  02-20-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

'Diary of the Dead' Goes for the Headshotnew

Diary had its U.S. debut at Sundance in January and was easily one of the fiercest pictures on show. In fact, I'm not aware of any fiction features that might hold such sting.
Chicago Newcity  |  Ray Pride  |  02-13-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Elizabeth Crane's Optimism is Infectiousnew

The author's optimism, she says, comes partly from teaching at "fine schools" (including the University of Chicago and Northwestern) from her recent successes as a writer, and from the solid relationship she has with her husband.
Chicago Newcity  |  Laura Castellano  |  02-06-2008  |  Original Work

How Hollywood Holt Got to Hip-Hopnew

Hollywood Holt's abilities as a hype-man and performer coupled with his vibrating excitement bring his live audiences into the show as they respond to calls and dance, hands high, reaching for his attention.
Chicago Newcity  |  Hilary Rawk  |  02-06-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

The Small 4 Months is as Big as Lifenew

You could diagram the content, the visual grammar, the momentous performances of Cristian Mungiu's Cannes Palme d'Or-winning 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days like a simple, lengthy sentence, and yet what remains awe-inspiring is the sensation you're left with when it's over: how on earth did he do this?
Chicago Newcity  |  Ray Pride  |  02-06-2008  |  Reviews

Sense Of Intimacy Prevailsnew

A unique sense of intimacy prevails in Pauline Chen’s first book, Final Exam: A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality. In this engrossing memoir, full of surgical detail, Chen, recipient of the George Longstreth Humanness Award at Yale, meditates on her experiences as a student and physician
Chicago Newcity  |  Laura Castellano  |  01-30-2008  |  Nonfiction

Able Baker Fox Delivers Impressive Debutnew

When the band’s at its most aggressive and least hook-driven, it brings to mind Make Believe-era Tim Kinsella (and just how good that band’s records actually are), but also shows how impressive this band is, and how the sound is rather polished for a first record.
Chicago Newcity  |  Tom Lynch  |  01-30-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Jack Of All Tradesnew

Dave Powers is truly a jack-of-all-trades. He is a producer, composer, keyboardist, lyricist, live visual artist, web developer and DJ. His latest studio project is a highly anticipated forthcoming solo EP for Klectik featuring a remix from Berlin-based producer/label owner/DJ Camea.
Chicago Newcity  |  Elly Rifkin  |  01-30-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Together Againnew

Spawned from an initial one-off show last June at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, "The Hard Sell" has blossomed into a complete full-length album collaboration and extensive world tour that will be assaulting listeners with a seamless live mix constructed entirely from vinyl 45s.
Chicago Newcity  |  Brad Knutson  |  01-30-2008  |  Reviews

Uno, Dos, Tres, IMAX!new

The 3D and the surround sound may temporarily create the feeling of actually being in the front row of a U2 concert, but that's only if you can ignore the fact that no one around you is dancing or cheering or even singing along, all essential concert-going experiences.
Chicago Newcity  |  Andy Seifert  |  01-30-2008  |  Reviews

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