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North Coast Music Fest

Yesterday North Coast Music Festival announced their 2010 line-up. The event will take place from September 3rd to September 5th at Union Park, and will be feature some big names like Chemical Brothers, Moby, De La Soul, Cold War KidsNas & Damian Marley, and more. This festival will also feature talented Chicago bands like Umphrey’s McGee, Future Rock, Van Ghost, Loyal Divide, and others.

Limited 3-day passes for just $65 will be available through June 13th.

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Can’t Stop Twitterin’

The Fold are back again with another hilarious parody song and video. This time they are taking on both Weezer and the dangers of Twitter addiction.

The Fold will be performing on June 12th at Riverfest in St. Charles and on June 13th at Tinley Park’s Fiesta.

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Shame That Tune!

Abraham Levitan (Baby Teeth) and Brian Costello (Johnny & the Limelites, novelist) have come together to change the face of the live game show. On June 11th at The Hideout "Shame That Tune" will premier. Here is how it will work, “On “Shame That Tune,” there are three contestants. Each will first spin a "Wheel of Fortune"-style wheel, divided into musical sub-genres (e.g., “Bob Dylan’s Christian Phase,” “Keith Richards solo,” “Led Zeppelin III”). The contestant then tells an embarrassing anecdote, no more than three minutes in length (timed by a giant LED clock), from their high-school or junior-high diary. Costello then interviews the contestant for exactly five minutes while Levitan composes, on the spot, a song about the embarrassing anecdote, in the style of the musical sub-genre that came up on the wheel. The winner is determined by applause based on audience response to his/her story and the resulting song; he/she will be rewarded with generous gifts from local businesses.”

For the first performance of “Shame That Tune,” the contestants will include local garage-rock wunderkind Miss Alex White, as well as Elisse La Roche, drummer for husband-and-wife musical duo Love of Everything. The third contestant will be chosen live from the audience. The show is only $5 so don’t miss out.

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Picture Books Break Up

Picture Books just announced that they are parting ways, but remaining friends. The band does have a few songs recorded and some they are still finalizing so there may be one more release from the band. The band members have several other projects that they will be focusing on. Nicholas Papaleo and Nicholas Kelley have crafted an epic new band called Brontosaurus and will be playing shows as well as releasing an album later this summer while Josh Miller is teaming back up with the brothers Lanthrum (of Kid, You'll Move Mountains) as Good Light Bad Light. As always, Kelly Johnson will continue to melt faces with his band, Geronimo!, who just last month released their debut LP "Fuzzy Dreams".

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The Smith Westerns sign to Fat Possum

Last week The Smith Westerns and Fat Possum announced their new partnership. The band is currently recording their Fat Possum debut that the label plans to release late this summer. The band will also be touring the UK, Netherlands, Sweden and so on this month.

Their next hometown show will be on July 17th as part of Pitchfork Music Festival.

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