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Clarence Ewing: The Million Year Trip writesClassic Album Sundays Spins “Ágætis byrjun” July 15th!

One of the most acclaimed albums of the 2000s was produced by Sigur Rós, a then-little-known band from Iceland. Ágætis byrjun defied easy categories and styles, and still does today. With its extended bouts of beauty and complexity, the record richly rewards those looking for musical adventure.

This Sunday, July 15th, the Chicago chapter of Classic Album Sundays will hold a listening party for this remarkable album. Music fans will gather at Saturday Audio Exchange (1021 W. Belmont Avenue 60657) to listen to the album in its entirely on high-fidelity equipment.

The all-ages event begins at 5:30pm and is part of the global listening experience of Classic Album Sundays. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased here.

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Clarence Ewing: The Million Year Trip writesJoin Us for Square Roots Festival 2018 This Weekend!

Now entering its 7th year, Square Roots Festival has estalbshied itself as a fantastic Chicago mid-summer destination for great food, beer, and music. Over 70 artists and bands will provide entertainment in a truly neighboorhgood setting. CHIRP Radio will be there too, so make sure to stop by our table to say hello!

The festival is open Friday, July 13th (5-10 PM), Saturday, July 14th (12-10 PM) and Sunday, July 15th (12-9 PM) on Lincoln Avenue, between Montrose and Wilson. Musical headliners include The Jayhawks, Matthew Sweet, The Tossers, and Pokey Lafarge. Suggested donation is $10 for adults, $5 seniors/kids, and $20 for families.

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Clarence Ewing: The Million Year Trip writesThe Dead Milkmen @ House of Vans on Thursday July 12!

It doesn't get any more Punk than The Dead Milkmen. From their early days in the early '80s hardcore scene, the band has set the standard for how to make Punk not just loud, but fun. If you don't know "Bitchin' Camaro" or "Punk Rock Girl," there's hope for you, but you really should.

The band will be performing this Thursday at House of Vans (113 N Elizabeth St. 60607) for the latest installment of the Vans House Parties series, where the headliner pixks the supporting acts (inclkuding one unsigned act) and also creates a personalized visual experience for the audience.

Youth Code, Caustic, and The San Andreas Fault join in the fun. It's an 18+ show. Doors open at 6:30pm. Click here to RSVP.

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Josh Friedberg: Music Historian's Corner writesAlbum Review: “Ella in London” by Ella Fitzgerald

by Josh Friedberg

No one swung a song like Ella Fitzgerald. The “First Lady of Song” earned her reputation as a “musician’s singer” because of her unparalleled facility with scat singing and her relentless rhythmic attack on songs like “Blue Skies” and “How High the Moon.” She could, of course, also sing with a sweet, lovely tone that could make you melt on a ballad.

But by the mid-1970s, her voice had lost some of its legendary pristine clarity. But she could still swing like nobody else. And on Ella in London, recorded live at Ronnie Scott’s nightclub in 1974, the adoring audience and the first-class material spur Ella on to create an exceptionally enjoyable live album—on par with the more well-known Mack the Knife: Ella in Berlin from 1960, and perhaps even more consistently surprising than that classic.

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