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Ray Neades benefit show at Church 4/8-4/10

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This Thursday through Saturday nights, there will be a benefit show for local musician Ray Neades at Church. Sadly, Ray passed away this past December, far too early at the age of 42. If you did not know Ray, he was perhaps most well known for fronting an AC/DC cover band by the name of Beefy DC. He got so much joy from playing music.

I saw his band perform at Paradise one night and after his set I asked him how he was. His face beaming, he told me he how he had always wanted to play that room, and that he felt like he was on top of the world.

At the time, I worked with Ray at Guitar Center. Outside of performing music, he was honestly one of the funniest people I have ever met in my life. He made my workdays so much better with his sense of humor. He told the kinds of jokes that I retell to people over and over again. He had such a big heart, filled with life and love of music.

The proceeds from the shows will go to help his family alleviate some of the expenses related to Ray’s death. The shows feature a large cast of local musicians coming out in support of Ray and his family, including Jenny Dee and the Delinquents and Andrea Gillis. You can get more info and buy tickets HERE

RIP, Ray. We will miss you.

--James Houlahan

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This is Versailles and Light Pollution @ Bottom Lounge

 

On April 1st we sent our photographer, Daniel Bartel, to The Bottom Lounge to photograph the bands This is Versailles and Light Pollution. For more pictures from the show visit Daniel’s This is Versailles page and his Light Pollution page.

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The Approach of Logan

Logan is the full length from Austin trio The Gary & it emerges blinking into the light today. The Gary will kick out their jams on the inside stage during the The Midgetmen's 8th Birthday/Anniversorry Party May 8th at the Mohawk...but don't worry, we'll remind you. 

 

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Lolla Line-up Chicago POV

Well, Chicago currently holds 5% of the overall 122 bands announced for Lollapalooza 2010. However, four of the six Chicago acts are not main stage acts, but a part of the “Spinning At Perry” section of the line-up. Head over to Lolla for the full line-up and feel free to post you complaints about how Soundgarden, Green Day, and The Strokes are no longer relevant.

The Chicago bands at Lolla 2010 are Company of Thieves, Skybox, Felix Da Housecat, BBU, Flosstradamus, and Only Children.

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bliss.city.east

Here is the trailer for the new split album between out bliss.city.east and Vidulgi Ooyoo. The album will be released on June 21st by Chicago’s Fake Label.

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