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Classic Video of the Week

Serengeti delivered one of the classic songs about Chicago in the form of "Dennehy" back in 2006.

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CHIRP’s Radio Station

CHIRP (Chicago Independent Radio Project) has been supporting independent music since 2007 through benefit shows, web articles, and tent sale, but finally they will launching their own radio station on January 17th. The station will broadcast live 21 hours a day, seven days a week from the CHIRP studios in Chicago’s North Center neighborhood. Each three-hour on-air shift will be curated by a volunteer host, and will feature an array of independent and under-appreciated music from a variety of genres and eras, as well as conversations and information about happenings in the city’s diverse arts and cultural scenes. Chrip and it’s volunteers have been working on building this studio since last Spring, and their hard work will result in one of the best stations in town with a doubt. The 100% volunteer group also has been working to convince Congress and the FCC to remove existing barriers to the granting of low power FM radio licenses in urban areas in hopes that eventually it will be able to secure a broadcast license as well. The bill supported by CHIRP, the Local Community Radio Act, passed the House of Representatives in December 2009, and is awaiting a vote in the full Senate. Listeners can tune in to CHIRPradio.org beginning at noon on Sunday January 17 to hear the new station launch live.

The CHIRP launch party takes places on January 16th at Empty Bottle with The Yolks, Hollows, and Rabble Rabble.

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Concert Preview: Treaty of Paris EP Release Show @ Metro

Power-pop outfit, Treaty of Paris, debuts their latest EP, Currents, Saturday at Metro. The EP is the follow-up to 2007’s Sweet Dreams, Sucker. Although fans will recognize the familiar ToP pop formula, Currents boasts a new maturity, incorporating heavy piano and percussion instrumentation into the mix. ToP plans to debut six new tracks at Metro, backed by an impressive local lineup, including AM Taxi, The Insecurities, Last Fast Action, and The Victory Gins. Tickets available at Metro's website and eTix. Doors at 5:30pm show at 6. All ages. - Neph Basedow

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January 2010
All Things Lucid
"All Things Lucid
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Although All Things Lucid has been putting out music since 2005, their latest album marks their first self-titled release. All Things Lucid keeps in true following with the band's sound and style but ups the ante with a little something new. This was my first All Things Lucid album, so many of my observations may not be new or fresh from previous reviewers. A first listening experience can either make you embrace a band or disown them, and All Things Lucid was by far the former. The band's increasing fluency in sound captures you right away. Lead singer Miles Benjamin has one of the more unique voices in the Chicago area. It's not smooth but it's not caustic, not soft but not gritty. It's not nasally, guttural, or throaty. It has it's own category of timbre and quality that is rarely found but greatly liked. Benjamin's voice on "Take it Easy Joe" and "The Lesson Learned" leads you in like a barker at a carnival into a song that will "astound the senses" or "boggle the mind." All Things Lucid has a certain bluesy quality mixed with good ol' fashion rock and roll - none of that fake pop crap you hear on the radio that tries to pass as such - and Benjamin's voice weaves easily between the band as well as the addition horn and string parts. The recording quality is also fantastic and adds a lot to the band's finished product. Since All Things Lucid is meant to be purchased on vinyl, each track has a warm sound with more definition than a digital release or CD could offer. Even just listening to it on your iPod you can get a true sense for the direction that All Things Lucid wanted to go with their sound. It's rare to find a band that doesn't want to slap a glossy coat of high-end production on their album with no regard for how it'll affect their final product and call it a day. You can hear the extra effort All Things Lucid put into their album, and it makes a hell of a difference. A great album to kick of the New Year for Chicago music. – Amy Dittmeier





CD of The Month: All Things Lucid

Although All Things Lucid has been putting out music since 2005, their latest album marks their first self-titled release. All Things Lucid keeps in true following with the band's sound and style but ups the ante with a little something new. This was my first All Things Lucid album, so many of my observations may not be new or fresh from previous reviewers. A first listening experience can either make you embrace a band or disown them, and All Things Lucid was by far the former.

The band's increasing fluency in sound captures you right away. Lead singer Miles Benjamin has one of the more unique voices in the Chicago area. It's not smooth but it's not caustic, not soft but not gritty. It's not nasally, guttural, or throaty. It has it's own category of timbre and quality that is rarely found but greatly liked. Benjamin's voice on "Take it Easy Joe" and "The Lesson Learned" leads you in like a barker at a carnival into a song that will "astound the senses" or "boggle the mind." All Things Lucid has a certain bluesy quality mixed with good ol' fashion rock and roll - none of that fake pop crap you hear on the radio that tries to pass as such - and Benjamin's voice weaves easily between the band as well as the addition horn and string parts.

The recording quality is also fantastic and adds a lot to the band's finished product. Since All Things Lucid is meant to be purchased on vinyl, each track has a warm sound with more definition than a digital release or CD could offer. Even just listening to it on your iPod you can get a true sense for the direction that All Things Lucid wanted to go with their sound. It's rare to find a band that doesn't want to slap a glossy coat of high-end production on their album with no regard for how it'll affect their final product and call it a day. You can hear the extra effort All Things Lucid put into their album, and it makes a hell of a difference. A great album to kick of the New Year for Chicago music. – Amy Dittmeier

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