Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A few Chicago music news bites

  • If your Valentine's Day sucked (or you're just a cynic about the whole deal), City States have the song for you. In light of the holiday the locally-based art pop unit took on the less-than-happy Police classic "King of Pain," which you can listen to on secretnoteshows.com. Also be sure to check them out at SubT tonight with Future Ghosts and WCR writer Andrew's band, Moon Furies.
  • In honor of Black History Month, brothers Jason and Baron Harper of Chicago band Scattered Trees put together a great short documentary on race in music and what it's like being black indie musicians. Watch it here.
  • The Windy City's own queen of soul, Mavis Staples, took home a Grammy for best Americana album Sunday night in recognition of the Jeff Tweedy-produced You Are Not Alone. Fellow Chicagoan Buddy Guy also won for best contemporary blues album. Thomas Conner of the Sun-Times has more details in his article.
  • Gapers Block reviewed '70s-formed post-punk act Gang of Four with Hollerado at Metro Friday night.

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