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March 25, 2014

(via CIMM Fest's Instagram)
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As discussed, CIMM Fest 2014 is slated to take place from May 1-4 at 20+ venues throughout Wicker Park, Bucktown, Logan Square, and beyond. Some films we're pretty jazzed about are Revenge of the Mekons, Water & Power (which will feature a live score from Califone), Led Zeppelin Played Here, Every Everything: The Life, Music, & Times of Grant Hart, the Nick Cave documentary 20,000 Days On Earth, and more. The fest also features performances by Yo La Tengo, Murder By Death, Booker T. Jones, Wreckmeister Harmonies, and many more. The full festival schedule is now live, and festival passes (regular and VIP) are still available.

Check out the trailers for the above-mentioned films after the jump...

Continue reading "CIMM Fest share full 2014 schedule"

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Slint's extremely thorough Spiderland box set is due to hit stores on April 15 via Touch and Go Records. One of its many components is Breadcrumb Trail, a never-before-seen, 90-minute documentary on the band and the making of Spiderland. It features extensive interviews with Slint, Steve Albini, Ian Mackaye, David Grubbs, David Yow, James Murphy, and more. You can check out a trailer for it at the bottom of this post. The film will be screening at the Music Box Theatre on April 16 and a Q&A with director Lance Bangs will follow it. Tickets are on sale now.

UPDATE: Slint members Dave Pajo and Todd Brashear will join the Q&A session.

Slint will also be touring North America this spring and their run includes a performance at the Bottom Lounge on May 10. Tickets are still available.

The trailer for Breadcrumb Trail can be found below...

Continue reading "Slint doc. 'Breadcrumb Trail' is screening at the Music Box"

March 19, 2014

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CIMM Fest 2014--the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival--is slated to take place from May 1-4 at "20+ venues along 1.5 miles of Wicker Park, Bucktown, Logan Square and beyond." The festival has shared its initial lineup, which includes music headliners Yo La Tengo, Murder By Death, Booker T. Jones, and more, with films like the Nick Cave documentary 20,000 Days On Earth, Every Everything: The Life, Music, and Times of Grant Hart, Led Zeppelin Played Here, the Johnny Thunders (New York Dolls/the Heartbreakers) documentary Looking for Johnny, and you guessed it--even more films. The full festival schedule will be live on March 25. Four-day festival passes--both regular admission and VIP--are on sale now. Stay tuned for the full fest schedule.

February 24, 2014

Harold Ramis and Annie Potts on 'Ghostbusters' set
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"There's a pride in what I do that other people share because I'm local, which in L.A. is meaningless; no one's local," Ramis said upon the launch of the first movie he directed after his move, the 1999 mobster-in-therapy comedy "Analyze This," another hit. "It's a good thing. I feel like I represent the city in a certain way."

Ramis, a longtime North Shore resident, was surrounded by family when he died at 12:53 a.m. from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels, his wife Erica Mann Ramis said. He was 69.

Ramis' serious health struggles began in May 2010 with an infection that led to complications related to the autoimmune disease, his wife said. Ramis had to relearn to walk but suffered a relapse of the vasculitis in late 2011, said Laurel Ward, vice president of development at Ramis' Ocean Pictures production company.

Ramis leaves behind a formidable body of work, with writing credits on such enduring comedies as "National Lampoon's Animal House" (which upon its 1978 release catapulted the film career of John Belushi, with whom Ramis acted at Second City), "Stripes" (1981) and "Ghostbusters" (in which Ramis also co-starred) plus such directing efforts as "Caddyshack" (1980), "National Lampoon's Vacation" (1983), "Groundhog Day" and "Analyze This." - [Chicago Tribune]

Harold Ramis, your influence on modern comedy cannot be overestimated. Rest in peace.

January 21, 2014

The National @ Lollapalooza 2013 (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
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The National have announced more North American dates in support of 2013's excellent Trouble Will Find Me. Their spring run will tag Chicago for a two-night stand at The Chicago Theatre on April 15 & 16 with tourmates Daughter. Tickets for both nights go on sale this Friday (1/24) at 10AM CST. All dates are listed at the bottom of this post.

The band's 2013 rockumentary, Mistaken For Strangers, will also be hitting theaters this spring. It began as a 2010 tour doc. filmed by crewmember Tom Berninger (brother of frontman Matt Berninger), but ends up exploring the relationship between brothers who are at very different points in their lives. It'll make its theatrical premiere in Los Angeles in late-March.

All National dates, a trailer for Mistaken For Strangers, and a couple of videos lie after the jump...

Continue reading "The National playing two nights at The Chicago Theatre on spring North American tour"

January 9, 2014

by Milos Markicevic

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This Friday (1/10) at Lincoln Hall, local filmmaker Chris Hefner will be holding a pair of screenings for his second feature film The Poisoner. It's looking to be a rather interesting film, heavy on black and white noir visuals and a slightly macabre story. The Kafka-esque plot focuses on a married couple where the wife is contractually obligated to slowly poison her husband during their life together. The Poisoner will show at 7PM and 10PM, and both screenings will be preceded by a live musical performance from Daniel Knox, the film's composer, as well as an introduction by Hefner. Advance tickets are still available.

Check out a trailer for the film after the jump...

Continue reading "Chris Hefner's 'The Poisoner' screening at Lincoln Hall"

June 25, 2013

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Last summer, Detroit protopunk outfit Death were given the documentary treatment by Mark Covino and Jeff Howlett. Their film, A Band Called Death, then screened at SXSW 2013, where the group also performed at a BrooklynVegan day party. A Band Called Death has since seen a digital release and will make its way to select movie theaters across the United States on Friday, June 28. In Chicago, that means you'll be able to catch the film at the Music Box. The theater currently have three-screenings listed - June 28 at 4PM, June 29 at 8PM, and July 2 at 9:45PM - and maybe more will be added soon. Advance tickets are on sale now.

In celebration of the film's limited release, we're also giving away a Death t-shirt. It's modeled after the ones the band made in the '70s, and you can see a picture of the updated version at the bottom of this post.

All screening dates, a trailer for the film, contest details, and a picture of the t-shirt are below...

Continue reading "'A Band Called Death' opening at Music Box this weekend ++ win a Death t-shirt"

May 28, 2013

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If We Shout Loud Enough follows Baltimore DIY greats Double Dagger as they complete their farewell tour and final album. The film was released alongside that final album, 333, by longtime label Thrill Jockey Records. If We Shout Loud Enough will be making its Chicago premiere at Galerie F on June 12. The screening will be followed by performances from Doug McCombs, Pearls, and Small Sur, and advance tickets are on-sale now.

Double Dagger played their final Chicago show at Treasure Town (RIP) on October 15 of 2011. You can check out some footage from that performance (courtesy of our friends at Gonzo Chicago), an official film trailer, and a list of all upcoming screenings below...

Continue reading "Double Dagger documentary 'If We Shout Loud Enough' making its Chicago premiere at Galerie F"

April 24, 2013

The xx @ Congress Theater, October 2012 (more by Zach Pollack)
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The xx are beginning to announce some fall U.S. tour dates. They'll be touring throughout North America this summer with Hundred Waters and Grizzly Bear, and then will return stateside in September. The band's initial run of dates includes a performance at the massive Aragon Ballroom on September 26. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale this Saturday (4/27) at 10AM CST.

Today, they've shared a new song, called "Together," which will appear on the Jay Z-helmed soundtrack for the film adaptation of The Great Gatsby. Take a listen to the new song and check out their full North American tour schedule below...

Continue reading "The xx announce Aragon Ballroom show; listen to their contribution to 'The Great Gatsby' (song stream)"

April 12, 2013

Bill Callahan @ BCoPA in 2011 (more by John Yingling)
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Bill Callahan has announced that he'll be embarking on his first U.S. tour since the summer of 2011 next month. That tour features support from Flat Foot, and includes a performance at the Garfield Park Conservatory on May 6. Advance tickets for the Chicago show are on sale now. If you can't wait that long to get your Bill Callahan fix, Apocalypse: A Bill Callahan Tour Film will be making its Chicago debut when it screens at The Society for the Arts next Friday, April 19. The film is "a collection of live performances and a glimpse of the road from Bill Callahan's American leg of the 2011 Apocalypse tour." Advance tickets for the screening are also on sale now.

All Bill Callahan dates and a couple of clips from the tour documentary are below...

Continue reading "Bill Callahan playing the Garfield Park Conservatory in May, screening tour doc. at The Society for the Arts next week"

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