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Violet Hour Mural by Tyrue ‘Slang’ Jones

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By Dave Mata in New Art on Saturday 13 November 2010

Graff legend Slang used to be a neighbor of mine. His sharp-witted personality is mirrored in his latest commision for Wicker Park’s upscale cocktail hole in the wall, The Violet Hour.

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Lady Parts Comedy

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By Dave Mata in Video on Saturday 6 November 2010

Twisted, offensive, hilarious. I can’t quite put my finger on where all these people must be coming from. It seems that the strongest thread between all of these hilarious shorts is an incredibly dark sense of humor.

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Meaty Ogre versus Crushcon7: Sword

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By Dave Mata in New Music on Monday 18 October 2010

Second in the series of hip hop instrumentals with a different producer on each side of the LP comes Sword for Fieldwerk Recordings. Something about hypnotic rhythms paired with spacey synth samples and R&B] vocals just adds up to a cold-ass winter for me. Meaty Ogre takes side A, showing off his craft for sampling, […]

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Fourteen years of Derek Erdman in Chicago

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By Dave Mata in Cool Travel on Thursday 12 August 2010

After selling some 3,000 pieces out of the 4,000 or so that he has produced in the past decade, Chicago artist Derek Erdman is getting out of dodge. Moving westward has not stopped him from putting together one final show at High Concept Laboratories. Without Wax will feature over 1,000 paintings and drawings of this poignant Ohio-born, Chicago-bred genius.

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Chicago’s Post 27 store

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By Dave Mata in Cool Travel on Wednesday 24 February 2010

Post 27 is a unique and beautiful space on Chicago Ave in the Ukrainian Village. I first stumbled upon this ‘all things interior’ boutique a few weeks back, helping a friend move a table. Their new website showcases much of their vintage furniture, jewelery, and art that is held within this stunning establishment.

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Impala Gallery’s We Ride No Brakes Too!

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By Dave Mata in New Events on Friday 19 February 2010

After several years of curating art work at events and bars around town, myself and a few friends decided to get a space of our own. Although our first opening isn’t until this coming weekend, we allowed Ben at RVCA to host an event in our gallery. This is a video from the night featuring […]

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Myron and E with the Soul Investigators ‘It’s A Shame’

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By Dave Mata in New Music on Wednesday 17 February 2010

There’s an obvious play on the Spinners original here, but that doesn’t mean that these folks don’t create a serious stomper all their own. I first got hipped to Myron & E through Chris in my current DJ collective.

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C Brooks and The Uptown Sound

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By Dave Mata in New Music on Wednesday 20 January 2010

Joining the ranks of soul revivalist groups such as El Michels Affair and The Dap Kings are Chicago’s own The Uptown Sound. Fronted by the charismatic JC Brooks, this group channels equal parts grimy garage and butter drenched R&B. Spanish label Vampi Soul released this sharply packaged 45 just a few weeks ago, and neither […]

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Specimen Little Horn Speakers

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By Dave Mata in New Products on Wednesday 6 January 2010

When I was first introduced to these home speakers, I couldn’t tell if they were sculptures or actually speakers. At three feet tall, the pair of octoganally fluted horns stand atop an eight inch baltic birch cube, which houses the driver. The opening of the horn is just over a foot wide and is designed to allow the sounds that are played through it to naturally separate, similar to the way you hear things when you see music live.

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Ravi Shankar’s Raga Rangeela Piloo

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By Dave Mata in Video on Tuesday 8 December 2009

Raga is my new hangover cure. Ravi Shankar put me so at peace the other morning, I couldn’t believe it. I woke with a blistering whiskey headache and mouth that felt like Elmers glue. With no eggs in the fridge, and no bacon in sight, I sat down at my computer and put on this […]

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Kristin Bruni’s mirrored images

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By Dave Mata in New Photography on Thursday 3 December 2009

Blending macro-photography and digital mirroring, Chicago-based photographer Kristin Bruni composes images that are both peculiar and enchanting. The symmetrical abstractions range from intense angular splashes of color, to smooth and tranquil visual landscapes. Having only viewed her portfolio, I was stunned with the magnitude of size and emotional range of her gallery work. Suggestive and elusive is the best way to describe seeing her brilliant work in person. I’ll never look at cabbage, bubbles, or fishing rods the same way again.

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Meah!

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By Dave Mata in New Music on Friday 27 November 2009

Pilsen bred trio Meah! are Funkadelic meets Fugazi, chaotic and spazzy, coupled with really hooky-grooves. When I saw them play in Chicago recently, they were in rare form, wiith guitarist Pat Rios half sitting on a stool, half painfully hobble-rocking about the stage, claiming a football injury. Having only seen Meah! play at lofts and […]

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Everything Is Terrible website

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By Dave Mata in New Trends on Friday 6 November 2009

I met one of the Chicago contributors of this New York, LA, Chicago collaboration site in front of a local bike shop this past summer. He was happily showing off his latest thrift store VHS scores to a mutual friend of ours. I slept on the “blog” he said he was collecting the tapes for […]

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Tristeza’s new album, Fate Unfolds

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By Dave Mata in New Music on Wednesday 4 November 2009

From the surreal opening to the feverish end, Fate Unfolds captivates with a tonal palette that is both broad and gripping. Indie kings of the southwest, Tristeza, have been at it for slightly over a decade. Their latest full-length delivers without a drop of disappointment. Fate Unfolds is drenched with the seemingly long lost art of crafting an album that plays as one solid piece. I could pick several ‘singles’ that I hear on this record, but to do anything but drop the needle and park it does a huge disservice to the artistry and arrangement of this record as a whole. Herein are huge washes of guitars and synths, layered with drums dubbing back and forth from programmed to acoustic with ease and a backbeat that is anything but ‘indie rock’.

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Lasers and Fast and Shit perform Pittsburgh

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By Dave Mata in Video on Monday 2 November 2009

This band is one of the most promising acts to appear in Chicago in the past few years. Their live shows have set them apart from their stoner-spazz rock counterparts, with an elaborate light set up that they bring to each show. Yes, you see correctly, lead vocalist joe is ‘playing’ the lights. I can’t […]

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