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October 7, 2013
Blake Judd's mugshot
Nachtmystium leader Blake Judd was arrested this past Saturday (10/5) on charges of theft, according to the Cook County Sheriff's Department Of Corrections. The charges (720 ILCS 5/16-1) boil down to theft by unauthorized control of property not exceeding $500. The Illinois General Assembly describes this as being a Class A misdemeanor. Blake's bail is set at $25,000 with a court date set for this Friday (10/11).
Nachtmystium have shows scheduled for October and November, including an appearance at CMJ and a hometown show at Metro on November 30 with support from Weekend Nachos, Krieg, Harms Way, and Wilt (tickets). It's unclear if Blake will be able to appear at any of these dates.
Nachtmystium's current tour schedule can be found below...
September 1, 2013
North Coast Music Festival 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
Chicago police Tasered a naked man who jumped atop a Mercedes Benz and planted his buttocks through its windshield outside the North Coast Music Festival on Saturday night.Speaking of hallucinogenic drugs, the final day of NYC's Electric Zoo Festival has been canceled after two attendees died from apparent overdoses of MDMA.
The 22-year-old from Massachusetts was intoxicated or high on a hallucinogenic drug at the time, police said.
Two people called 911 from Ogden Avenue near Randolph Street about 8:10 p.m. - one to report a naked man who broke a windshield, and the other to report a naked man jumping on top of cars. [Chicago Tribune]
NCMF 2013 continues today (Sunday, 9/1) with performances by Wu-Tang Clan, Danny Brown, Purity Ring, and more.
July 9, 2013
Tour de Fat, New Belgium Brewing's annual bicycle/beer/community fundraiser/music festival, takes place in multiple cities throughout the summer. TDF comes to Chicago this weekend, and will take over Palmer Square on Saturday, July 13. What exactly is Tour de Fat? Well, it's a fair amount of things...
If dressing freaky, riding bikes, listening to bands and drinking beer are things you like, then don't miss the most FUN fundraiser around...Tour de Fat is coming back to town! Gather up your friends, family and neighbors and come enjoy eclectic entertainment and stellar beer, all while helping local bicycle nonprofits raise funds. The event is free, yet all proceeds from beer and merchandise sales and donations from parade participants will help make 12 US cities better places to ride a bike.As far as a music lineup goes, Mucca Pazza play at 1:30PM and musical/comedy genius Reggie Watts will perform at 4PM.
Each day begins with a giant bicycle parade that weaves through city streets, designed for people of all skill levels; all are welcome and colorful costumes are encouraged. For the rest of the afternoon, the stages heat up with world-class acts and the park becomes a celebration unlike any other! [Tour de Fat]
Check out the full schedule for Tour de Fat - Chicago below...
April 4, 2013
Roger Ebert loved movies.Legendary film critic Roger Ebert passed away today (Thursday, April 4) at 70-years-old after a long battle with cancer.
Except for those he hated.
For a film with a daring director, a talented cast, a captivating plot or, ideally, all three, there could be no better advocate than Roger Ebert, who passionately celebrated and promoted excellence in film while deflating the awful, the derivative, or the merely mediocre with an observant eye, a sharp wit and a depth of knowledge that delighted his millions of readers and viewers.
"No good film is too long," he once wrote, a sentiment he felt strongly enough about to have engraved on pens. "No bad movie is short enough." [Chicago Sun-Times]
March 25, 2013
Jeff Tweedy @ Fifth Third Bank Ballpark with Wilco, July 2012 (more by Matt Ziegler)
Wilco frontman, Chicago resident, and all-around good guy Jeff Tweedy has written a letter in support of same-sex marriage to the editor of The Belleville News-Democrat. Tweedy, who was raised in Belleville, is calling for folks to join him in support of SB 10 which if passed by the Illinois General Assembly would give same-sex couples the freedom to marry. "By excluding same-sex couples from marriage, our state saddles them, their children and itself with second-class status. That is wrong, and it hurts Illinois families and businesses," said Tweedy.
Read Jeff Tweedy's letter to the editor in full, below...
March 3, 2013
Jeff Tweedy @ A.V. Fest/Hideout Block Party, September 2012 (more by Sara Pieper)
Chicago high school Northside College Prep are currently holding an online auction to help raise money for school programs. They've got over 200-items up for grabs, including an eight-hour recording session with Northside parent Jeff Tweedy at the Wilco Loft. It'll be tracked by a staff engineer and supervised by Tweedy himself, who will help you produce, arrange, and may even play on your tune if you need him to. Bidding is up to $20,250.00(!) as of this post.
As discussed, Jeff Tweedy will participate in a Q&A session with Low at Saki Records on Thursday night (3/7). They'll be talking about the group's forthcoming album, The Invisible Way, which was produced and tracked by Tweedy at the Wilco Loft. Low will also be performing stripped down selections from the LP. The event kicks off at 7PM and is open to the public.
February 6, 2013
Kuma's Too (via)
As discussed, Kuma's Corner are opening a second Chicago location, in Lincoln Park called Kuma's Too. When it was announced that the heavy metal eatery would be taking over the extremely appropriate address of 666 W. Diversey Pkwy. back in December, it was said that they'd be opening up within the next few months. Today, Eater Chicago reports that opening day will be on February 13.
Stay tuned for more information on the new restaurant.
December 20, 2012
Exterior of the original Kuma's Corner (via) // future location of Kuma's Too
Heavy metal and foodie haven Kuma's Corner are set to open a second Chicago location in Lincoln Park. While the Woodfield Mall and/or Naperville joint is still rumored, Kuma's Too will be setting up shop at 666 W. Diversey Pkwy. within the next few months(!). According to Chicago Magazine, the new restaurant will be replacing current tenants The Counter. Hopefully, like the original location, the menu will feature items named after YOB, Neurosis, Weekend Nachos, High On Fire, and more.
Stay tuned for more information on Kuma's Too.
October 4, 2012
The Chicago Police Department spotted what an ABC News reporter called "a mountain of marijuana" growing on a farm on the South Side of the city...
Police in a helicopter stumbled upon what may be the largest outdoor pot farm in the city's history. Planted in rows and spread over an area the size of two football fields, as many as 1,500 plants averaging 6-feet tall were growing amidst heavy brush in an industrial area on the city's South Side.Woah.
"This would not be visible from the street," said Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy at a press conference today. "It's surrounded by a huge field that you wouldn't see anywhere (but) from the air. "
He estimated the hidden pot to be worth $7 million to $10 million.
Check out a clip of an ABC reporter walking through the field (it's slightly hilarious) below...
June 28, 2012
The Chicago City Council Wednesday voted 43-3 to approve a new city pot policy.The Smokers Club One Hazy Summer Tour, which urges you to "bring ya' lungs with ya'," is set to arrive at the Bottom Lounge on July 20. This time around, The Smokers Club includes Three 6 Mafia's Juicy J, Chevy Woods, Fat Trel, Smoke DZA, Cashius Green with Pheo, Joey Bada$$ (who Andrew just talked about) with Pro Era, Short Stop, and Corner Boy P. Advance tickets are on sale.
The ordinance gives police the option to issue a ticket for possession of 15 grams of marijuana or less. Arrests would still be mandated for anyone caught smoking pot in public or possessing marijuana in or near a school or in or near a park. The new rules go into effect Aug. 4.
Ald. Danny Solis (25th), who introduced the proposal last fall, called it a "monumental ordinance" that will have "a definite impact."
"I don't have any problem with people arresting somebody as far as a crime," Solis said, "but when this arrest basically turns out to be where nothing happens ... I have to seriously look at what we're doing."
Supporters of the ordinance, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel, said issuing tickets frees up cops for more serious crime and ultimately will save the police department about $1 million.
"This is about being efficient and realistic," said Ald. John Pope (10th). [NBC Chicago]
Speaking of Juicy J, Three 6 Mafia are here to play Metro tonight (6/28). YP, GLC, and Mikey Rocks will act as main support, and tickets are still available.
All Smokers Club tour dates are listed below, along with some song streams.