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Jessi was born and raised in Chicago, but she left her heart in NYC. She has been to more concerts than days of school, but somehow still made her way to university. Her idea of fun is an evening of karaoke to the worst songs of the '90s while a lit cigarette lies burning in the corner. She used to refer to herself as an "aspiring music journalist" but one day, she just woke up and decided she was one. That being said, she's always writing and always hungry for more. Anything of the 'rock' persuasion gets her motor running, ya dig? Follow her on Tumblr - http://hottrampinthecity.tumblr.com

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At 38 years-old, Jenny Lewis hasn’t lost that girl-against-the-world mentality.

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If the Orwells hadn’t been on your radar pre-David Letterman, chances are now you’re pretty hip to the Chicago outfit’s penchants for a raucous live show and ‘fuck you’ attitude.

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Happy 2014, everyone! Now that 2013 has OFFICIALLY bitten the dust (and c’est la vie -seriously), I will reminisce and bask in its highlights with the top 20 album releases of 2013 that I COULD NOT STOP LISTENING TO.. I’d like to say “order-shmorder” to be fair, but the Top 10

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Justin Timberlake is a savior among the entertainment industry. Ok, that may be dramatic, but did you enjoy an episode of SNL when he wasn’t hosting? Didn’t think so. We’ve seen him go from that platinum-frosted, curly-haired kid in the ultimate boy band to a pillar in the most unlikely

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Valentine’s Day – love it or hate it, you always acknowledge it.  Those in love go to dinner, maybe a movie and dancing, spend all night kissing or holding hands, before going home for some sexual healing.  The single guys and gals may go out with friends, burn some old

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Here is our  review of A$AP Rocky’s latest album “Long.Live.A$AP.”This generation’s rap culture is more money and women than strength of character, revolution, and giving a voice to the real-life struggle of so many.  That’s not necessarily as awful as it may seem, though.  While not substantial,  the decade’s hip-hop

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What is the current state of hip-hop music?  Is it over-ridden with two-bit rappers, over-shadowed by mediocre dubstep beats, is it just now for the club?  Where’s the substance? The mention of a struggle only prefaces the ludicrous spending on YSL, Givenchy, jewels, and “bitches?”  What would the forefathers say?

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As the unlikely member of controversial rap collective, Odd Future, Frank Ocean’s smooth yet progressive take on R&B is a welcomed refresher.  He quickly established a cult following on his mixtape, Nostalgia, Ultra, and had fans impatiently waiting for more.  On his official debut, Channel Orange, Ocean continues to push

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  As Michael Jackson will forever remain the King of Pop, Usher Raymond is on the fast track to taking his throne as the Prince.  On his seventh studio album, Looking 4 Myself, Raymond pushes the evolutionary bounds that have become a staple in popular music.  His smooth, soulful croon

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Technically, this EP entitled The Wanted is the group’s third release. Their two previous albums, The Wanted and Battleground were received well across Europe, but failed to get the boys noticed in America. Now, all that has changed with the release of mega-singles like “Glad You Came” and “Chasing The Sun.”

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Maryland’s dream-pop duo, Beach House, have been critically acclaimed darlings since their self-titled debut dropped in 2006.  The two albums that followed, Devotion (2008) and Teen Dream (2010) were accepted equally as well by fans and critics alike.  Their latest release, Bloom is the band’s most beautiful work to date,

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In 2010, the California duo, Best Coast busted onto the scene with Crazy for You; singing blissful pop tunes about relationships and weed.  Bethany Consentino and her partner-in-crime Bobb Bruno struck a lo-fi chord with music fans and critics alike, becoming darlings within the festival circuit and on summer music playlists. 

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Saying that Jack White’s career has been illustrious would be an understatment.  The man has established a neo-legend status that puts him up there with greats like Mick Jagger and Bob Dylan.  The White Stripes were an integral part of the new “garage rock” movement that saved rock and roll

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Seven years later, Chicago’s Pitchfork Festival is still going strong!  Pitchfork has announced the partial lineup for the 2012 festival that takes place at Chicago’s Union Park.  With 3 stages, 50 individual vendors, as well as specialty fairs, the festival remains one of the most intimate -celebrating both local and

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In 2010, Brookyln-based rock duo Sleigh Bells released their full-length debut, Treats.  What followed was a slew of tour dates, festival appearances, and raucous moshpits of zealous fans wanting to hear songs like “Infinity Guitars,” “Crown on the Ground,” and “Rill Rill.”  Since then, the band was hard at work

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