Ruben Montiel

CONTRIBUTIONS

Destroyer trades lyrical depth for disco ambiance

As a whole, Kaputt is a bold and clever record, and a radical departure from Destroyer’s earlier work.

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February 1, 2011

Pat Metheny brings new meaning to "wall of sound"

Metheny's magnificent machine mimicked many musicians May 10 during the Chicago stop of his tour

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May 21, 2010

Shortcuts—Christian Scott, Yesterday You Said Tomorrow

Yesterday You Said Tomorrow is Scott’s most fully-realized, listenable, and mature record to date.

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April 23, 2010

With Steppenwolf's Buffalo, don't expect to get nickeled and dimed

Mamet's new play explores the consequences of relentless pursuits

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January 8, 2010

Victors write history: Plouffe records Obama campaign strategy

David Plouffe talks about what it takes to win a presidential election.

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November 13, 2009

Model shows that ideas and idealism shape Chicago

The Chicago Architecture Foundation's exhibit examines the ideological conception of the city.

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November 6, 2009

Chicago Film Festival

Students hoping to catch the latest films drawing Oscar buzz or to see movie stars in real life will be hard-pressed to find a better option this month, or even this year, than the Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF), which opened its 45th ye…

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October 9, 2009

Dean’s Shrew keeps the Bard on the edge

For those wanting to brush up on the Shakespeare behind their favorite romantic comedy, or for those wanting a show on a beautiful night al fresco, the Dean’s Men and The Taming of the Shrew are sure to please.

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May 29, 2009

Palahniuk's social satire sears, but characters leave us cold

Chuck Palahniuk's latest book, Pygmy, follows the well-tread path of biting social satire common to his novels, as it attacks the terrorism-fueled xenophobia peculiar to America.

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May 19, 2009

Shortcuts—Branford Marsalis Quartet

The Branford Marsalis Quartet is one of the tightest groups of jazz musicians working today, and the Quartet’s new release, Metamorphosen, is a technical, if not always subtle, tour de force.

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April 24, 2009