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This Week in Reader Music


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For whatever reason, there's a bumper crop of good Chicago music this spring. Eight months ago, when everyone was recording, were they all getting laid? Or more likely not getting laid? Gypsyblood are about to drop their debut album, and it's just packed with big hooks and grunge-crunchy guitars that should give indie-rock bloggers a moment's distraction from flogging (justifiably) that Yuck record. And then there's the one-two punch of Indian's Guiltless and Bloodiest's Descent, which are so goddamn huge and heavy it's unbelievable—both coming from the same city, at the same time, on the same label (Relapse).

Also in this week's Reader, Jessica Hopper has opinions on the way-posthumous debut of obscure D.C. girl-punk band Chalk Circle and the latest from TV on the Radio. Gossip Wolf shares a little DeRo hate, news on Ben Weasel's self-inflicted troubles, and a free-pizza-related tip. The List goes in on Indian and Bloodiest (see above) as well as Wire, Wormrot, Joe Lovano, and the ICP Orchestra—which, if you need reminding, has absolutely nothing to do with juggalos.

And on the cover of this week's issue, we have Ted Cox's sweet and fascinating profile of Jerry Butler, a veteran Cook County Commissioner with a not-so-secret former life as a marquee soul performer nicknamed "Iceman," with connections to Curtis Mayfield and Otis Redding.

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