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    Matt & Kim & Vocal Tracking

    When I last spoke with Matt, we were going over the Matt & Kim live gear needs, and at the end of the conversation he mentioned that they were going to start working on the vocals for the next album. He mentioned that the headphones at the studio were okay, but he really likes to turn things up and have a lot of bass when he’s doing his vocal duty. Being the gear head that he is, Matt was already well-educated about Shure’s latest installment to cranium accessories that reproduce audio, the SRH840. I sent down a …

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    More Studio Hi-Jinks From Matt & Kim

      In our last episode, Brooklyn-based Matt & Kim were hunkered down in a studio in Atlanta to begin work on the follow-up to 2009′s Grand. Looking for a change in the weather and chaos of NYC, Matt & Kim figured Atlanta would be the perfect fit for normalcy and a little winter warm-up… So far, it has snowed, hailed and a zebra escaped from the circus and ran down the highway. Just like home.  Well, the duo did find time to get some things done and try out some new tricks with their brand new …

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    Imelda May & Jamie Cullum Rock Chicago’s Park West

      After seeing her perform with Jeff Beck at this year’s GRAMMYs, Irish rockabilly siren Imelda May has certainly got everyone buzzing… especially us! Imelda and her band came to town on Monday, March 15th to play a set at Martyr’s in Chicago, and according to the chosen few there to see her set, she tore it up!   I made my way out to Chicago’s Park West to catch up with Imelda and her crew, as they were now slated to be the opener for UK jazz-pop singer/songwriter Jamie Cullum. Upon arriving, the stage was still …

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    Robin Thicke Brings His Therapy Session Back To Chicago

    I headed out to our beloved All State Arena, home to the Chicago Wolves hockey team and DePaul Blue Demons… and they do mix some concerts in there when the timing is right. On this particular evening, All State played host to R&B superwoman Alicia Keys and Shure endorser Robin Thicke.  Down below in the depths of the arena, the high-level of production involved in putting on this tour was clearly evident. The road cases seemingly stretched all the way around the arena, some even playing double duty as a not-so-comfortable place to sneak in a power nap for …

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    Matt & Kim: New Album, New Shure Mics

    New to the Shure roster of endorsers, Matt & Kim were literally on their way to a studio in Atlanta to meet producer Ben Allen and begin work on the follow-up to the critically acclaimed Grand. I spoke to Matt over the telephone as Kim minded her speed, navigating the band van down the interstate towards Atlanta and away from the perpetually snowed-in East Coast. Since Recording was taking place within weeks, Matt and I spoke about recording mics and the different applications for each, as well as a few experimental ideas. I suggested that …

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    The Red Mic That Travels With Mos Def

      Making good on his promise to return to Chicago after a scheduling conflict kept him from getting here in January, Mos Def showed up at the Congress Theater on February 13th, to rock a sold-out crowd. I caught Mos backstage during soundcheck while the masses started a line outside that stretched for blocks and blocks. Before I could even ask him about it, Mos pulled his new favorite thing, his custom painted Red Super 55 Shure mic, from the depths of his overcoat and proceeded to sing its praises. While I heard rumors that Mos Def travels with this mic in …

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