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    Alex Cuba @ S.N. Shure Theater and Rumba

    Hello Amigos, today we had a very special treat at Shure. We had two-time Juno Award winner and Shure endorser, Alex Cuba, visit our corporate headquarters here in Niles, IL. He is in town today to play a show at Rumba to promote his recently launched third album which is self-titled. Rumba is one of my favorite restaurants/music venues in Chicago. It’s intimate, has great Latin inspired dishes, has a stage, and typically books very talented musicians to play on that stage…       Tonight they booked the effortless talent that is Alex Cuba. But before …

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    Ozomatli @ House of Blues (Chicago)

    The first time I ever heard Ozomatli was in 1998. I was sick in bed with a migraine. My migraines, when I get them, tend to be pretty severe. So painful that I have to literally lock myself in a dark room and shut out all outside noise. For some reason, that day, the TV in my room was on and Ozomatli was playing a music marathon on WTTW which is Chicago’s local public TV channel, channel 11. It was weird that the TV was on and tuned to WTTW especially since I can barely handle any noise …

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    Coachella Valley Music and Art Festival :: Indio, CA :: Day Three

    Coachella Day 3 After a hard night’s sleep I began my last day in the desert with Shure Endorsers Babasonicos from Argentina.  They charmed the crowd with their bravado and stage presence. After their set I hung out with them and had some lunch at the catering tent backstage. This was to be my first actual sit down lunch at the festival. Thanks to this, churro dude’s churros survived for a couple more hours. At lunch I talked with the Babasonicos sound engineers and I complimented them on how well the band sounded at the festival. They joked …

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    Coachella Valley Music and Art Festival :: Indio, CA :: Day Two

    Coachella Day 2 After my usual stop at Starbucks and another traffic filled morning, day two started with Shure Endorsers Zoe from Mexico. This is one of my favorite bands. Their psychedelic alt-rock and spacey lyrics are really appealing to me. I definitely think they are one of Mexico’s best at the moment and from the looks of the crowd I wasn’t the only one who thought this. I even saw a fan wearing a Shure shirt in the crowd. Everyone sang along to “Nada”, “Via Lactea” and “Love” which frequently come up on my music …

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    Coachella Valley Music and Art Festival :: Indio, CA :: Day One

    Where do I begin, on the plane? Nah, too boring… I’m pretty sure you all have been on one before. Let’s start at my arrival at the hotel behind a long line of people from as far north as Toronto, as far south as Brazil and as far east as Japan checking in the night before Coachella 2010, one of the most important music festivals in the world.  After a four-hour flight from Chicago I arrived to John Wayne Airport, located in Santa Ana California. Got my bags and loaded the rental and had to …

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    Zoé :: Congress Theater :: 4/9/10

    Shure Endorsers Zoé stopped by Chicago last Friday to play a packed house at the historic Congress Theater while on a cross-country 12 city bus tour of the States. The Mexican alt-rockers rocked the packed house with lead singer León Larregui’s spacey vocals, Sergio Acosta’s guitar mastery, Jesus “Chucho” Baez’s haunting keyboards, Angel Mosqueda’s atomic bass and Rodrigo Guardiola’s heartbeat on drums.       Earlier in the day, I stopped by the Congress and attended the band’s sound check to say hi to the band and their FOH and monitor engineers Eduardo, aka “Lalo” and Gustavo, aka …

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    Ana Tijoux :: Martyr’s :: 3/27/10

    Saturday night I witnessed something very refreshing. I witnessed the powerful energy of a female MC by the name of Ana Tijoux of Chile. After being touted as one of SXSW’s darlings, her debut U.S. tour brought her to Chicago to play Martyr’s with her second solo album named 1977. The title represents the year she was born.    She has a very interesting story. She was born and raised in France because her parents where on political exile during Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship. She took to French hip hop in her early teens and began rapping …

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    Silversun Pickups :: United Center :: 3/12/10

    When I was asked if I could cover the Silversun Pickups and Muse show at the United Center in Chicago I jumped at the chance; Not only would I finally get to see Muse Live for the first time, I would get a chance to interview Shure Endorsers, the Silversun Pickups, whose new album, Swoon has increasingly been coming up on my music player of choice as of late.    As I Arrived at the west entrance ramp of the United Center, I couldn’t help but remember the Bulls Championship dynasty of the 90’s.  I walked …

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    Patti Smith::Park West::02/20/10

      I’ve been very lucky to have the opportunity to meet many amazing artists working Artist Relations for Shure, but this weekend I had a very special honor. I got to meet and interview the “Godmother of Punk” herself, the legendary Patti Smith. We met after her soundcheck at the Park West in Chicago where she was to play a benefit concert for the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. We spoke about her new memoir named “Just Kids,” which recounts her youth and her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, whom she promised to share their story …

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