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Hopfest Beer Tasting Jul 30, 2015 Patrons can sample IPAS and other craft brews. Street tacos, sausage sandwiches and popsicles will be available to compliment the beer throughout the evening. 111 other events on Thursday, July 30
 
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Wednesday, July 22,2015
Music feature

High on Fire step out of the darkness

Matt Pike catalyzes personal pain into soaring metal

By Ben Salmon
When he picks up the phone to chat with CityBeat, Matt Pike is in his part-time home of New Orleans, where he’s nursing a painful broken toe—it looks like a “huge sausage,” he says—and a nagging case of strep throat.
Wednesday, May 27,2015
Music feature

Spoon goes back to basics

Long-running indie rock group finds its soul

By Ben Salmon
The “lonely” (Daniel’s word) process of self-producing Transference also led to the decision to work with two big name producers for its follow-up, They Want My Soul, which Spoon released last year through Loma Vista Recordings after putting out five albums on venerable indie label Merge Records.
Wednesday, February 25,2015
Music feature

The introspective epics of Yob

Oregon trio play massive doom metal with a human touch

By Ben Salmon
For many people, Mike Scheidt is Yob. Gentle and hirsute, he’s the face and the versatile voice of the Oregon doom-metal trio.
Wednesday, January 14,2015
Music feature

Russian Circles practice heavy diplomacy

Chicago group celebrates 10 years of burly bummers

By Ben Salmon
Chicago post-metal trio Russian Circles don’t so much write songs as build them, piece by piece.
Wednesday, August 27,2014
Music feature

Terry Malts’ punk is scuzzy and wonderfully weird

Trio’s latest EP focuses on pop hooks

By Ben Salmon
The promotional blurb that accompanies Terry Malts’ new Insides EP floats the idea that this might be the band’s most “pop” effort yet.
Wednesday, July 9,2014
Music feature

Cloud Nothings work hard, play hard

Cleveland indie rockers are light on frills, heavy on melody

By Ben Salmon

Let’s get this out of the way: Dylan Baldi, the founder and core of the Cleveland post-hardcore band Cloud Nothings, is 22 years old.

Tuesday, May 27,2014
Music feature

Pink Mountaintops’ summer jams

Stephen McBean captures a feel-good psychedelic sound

By Ben Salmon
But Get Back, the fourth album by McBean's experimental pop-rock project Pink Mountaintops, was pushed back for years while McBean tried to find the right players and environment to not only make it, but to actually be properly prepared to make it.
Wednesday, March 26,2014
Music feature

The resurrection of The Appleseed Cast

Chris Crisci revives his group after a seven-year absence

By Ben Salmon
Crisci planted the seeds of The Appleseed Cast in Southern California before moving to Lawrence, Kan., between the release of Ring Wars and the band’s 2000 sophomore effort, the concept record Mare Vitalis.
Wednesday, January 29,2014
Music feature

Cate Le Bon lets music do the talking

Welsh singer/songwriter returns with raw third album

By Ben Salmon
The soft-spoken Cate Le Bon—who’ll play Soda Bar on Saturday, Feb. 1—prefers to let her music do the talking.
Tuesday, December 24,2013
Music feature

Califone’s search for clarity

Chicago band soldiers on with a new lineup and a new home

By Ben Salmon
For a decade, Califone—the long-running experimental folk-blues band founded in Chicago—had a solid, static lineup: founder and principal songwriter Tim Rutili and multi-instrumentalists Joe Adamik, Jim Becker and Ben Massarella.
 
 
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