Greg Kot’s Exit from the Tribune Leaves a Hole in Chicago’s Heart

Departure of peerless music critic latest sign of collapsing news industry

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Steve Elson: David Bowie’s Sax Appeal

It’s not really work / It’s just the power to charm

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International Pop Overthrow 2019 Sets Liverpool’s Cavern Club Alight

World’s premiere powerpop festival takes over world’s premiere rock venue

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The Lilacs Help Lead an International Pop Overthrow in Chicago

The Lilacs play International Pop Overthrow festival at the Heartland Cafe in Chicago. April 21, 2018 (Photo by Kevin Sanders) The International Pop Overthrow festival landed in Chicago this past weekend as David Bash — the Bill Graham of powerpop — brought a few dozen bands together for four-chord harmony-laden guitar pop. The festival is in its 18th year and has conquered over a dozen cities (including Stockholm, Vancouver, Liverpool

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Visiting Jimmy Cliff’s Birthplace After Thirty Years of Adoring His Music

Jimmy Cliff in France, 2012 (Wiki) There’s no way to write about visiting Jamaica on a cruise ship without coming off like Michael Scott wearing a braid after his trip to Sandals. Nevertheless, my insistence, dreaded by my children, on venturing into the actual real life of these magical places we are occasionally fortunate to visit, is the most rewarding part of our trips together. While our fellow passengers are ziplining

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