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"Take The Power Back" @ The Basement 2Nite!


The local, all-girl, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE cover band, "Take The Power Back," is playing tonight at The Basement w/ the Jompson Brothers, and Black Patch. $5, 9 pm, check it outtttttt! --Deli Staff

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Weekend Warrior, June 2 - 4

Happy birthday USA! If you’re anything like Team America, then by now you're probably itching to find something that’s a little more “Fuck Yeah!” than the Goo Goo Dolls. [We think it’s time to get rid of the douchebag(s) stuck in the 90s booking this 4th of July Parkway thing.] And fortunately the Danger Danger crew have a red, white and blue celebration that’s sure to have you boogying your socks off in a stupor! The distorted beats and haunting tribal call of U.S. Girls will have you shaking your flag in a frenzy. Meanwhile the good ol’ boys behind Levee Drivers will be bringing out that drunken hillbilly in ya as they churn out a bit of Johnny Cash influenced Americana with their rockin’ country flare. Toss in some action packed sets from visiting bands like O’Death, Skeletonbreath (special nod to hometown boy Grandchildren’s Tris behind the drum set), and Drunken Tigers - add in an epic beer-BQ, and your sure to be seeing plenty of fireworks as well as stars and stripes (wait, who put the acid in my beer this time?). But don’t party too hard, because you won’t want to miss the dance beats happening across the street at Elena’s immediately afterwards. Danger Danger Gallery, 5013 Baltimore Ave., 1pm, $5-$10, All Ages
Exercise your right to be independent and go somewhere fun this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI In Grenada CD Release Party w/Busses and New Motels
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Smiles and Everyone
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI North Lawrence Midnight Singers and Josh Olmstead
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Hair Rocket
The Khyber (56 S. 2nd St.) FRI High Kick and Johnny Action Figure, SAT The Danger O's, Crazy Man Crazy, Big Terrible
Tritone (1508 South St.) FRI The Homophones, SAT Fourth Of July Show w/ Thee Nosebleeds, Baptist Preachers, and more
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI Dani Mari and Boy Wonder

Danger Danger Gallery (5013 Baltimore Ave.) FRI Bandname and Eskimeaux
JR's Bar (2327 S. Croskey St.) SAT ‘tine-‘tine and Chang Chang
The Ellen Powell Tiberino Museum (3819 Hamilton St.) FRI Radio Eris, Northern Liberties, Da Comrade!, and much, much more
Welcome America Celebration (Ben Franklin Parkway) SUN The Roots



Green Velvet @ Millenium Park

Curtis Jones (a.k.a. Cajmere and Green Velvet) can create some crazy beats, but when remixed by Felix Cartel it gets even more insane. His latest release as Green Velvet was released this week and is called Harmageddon. The ep features remixes of the title track from both Felix Cartel and Santiago & Bushido, as well as a track called “I Feel The Love”.

Green Velvet will be playing a DJ set at Millenium Park this Saturday (July 3rd) at 12:00pm as part of the Edible Audible Picnic.


28 Degrees Taurus, the le duo, VIKOMT @ Radio Bean 7/3

Alliston, Mass band, 28 Degrees Taurus is swinging through Burlington tomorrow for the late night shift to baptize the place with their dreamy classic psych take on the My Bloody Valentine sounds. Also joining them are a couple of heads from Burlington's Aether Everywhere/Mars Pyramid camp, the le duo and VIKOMT, to add the noisy improvs and the synthy drones to the mix. Should be a pretty submerged space echo type of show. Things kick of at 11pm at the Radio Bean.

--The Deli Staff


CD of The Month: Hey Champ

I don’t believe that Hey Champ would dislike this classification, in fact it seems like they have embraced it, but this album, the band’s debut, is pure pop. Star collects the various singles and club hits like “Cold Dust Girl” and “Neverest”, but adds new and more rock based tracks like “Shake” and “Steampunk”. While listening through this album the main comparison that came to mind was New Order, or for a more current comparison Awesome New Republic.

The connection is not only sound, but in the mixture of dance pop and political themes that the band mixes in. Songs like “World=War”, “So American”, and “No Future” brings a very forceful political message while still allowing the listen to dance. I don’t feel that political messages in pop music are as unusual or jarring as they once were, but the album does, in certain points, begin to become a little weighted down by these themes. I suppose it all in what you are looking for. Do you want you dance music light of fun or do you want a line like “lay down your sword because you would be ill advised to fight anymore”? This is still an album to playing at the pool or the summer barbeque, but it walks that fine line. Overall, Star is an impressive debut and is more effective and focused than I expected give their diverse pool of remix work. I suppose we can call it dance pop with a purpose.

Star will be released on July 13th, but can be pre-ordered right now for just $4.99. The band will be performing on August 1st here in Chicago at the Lolla Remix Throwdown.