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St. Lucia – Too Close

We’re digging “Too Close,” the latest track from Brooklyn-based synth-pop group St. Lucia. The experimental electronics make it the perfect song to close out summer and wind into fall. The band’s new album When The Night drops October 8.

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Video of the Week: Kanye West Performs “Bound 2”

If you haven’t seen this video yet, you need to. Kanye West performed “Bound 2,” -the best song from “Yeezus” in my opinion- on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night. He threw in a dig at Ray J, declared that “one girl is better than a thousand chickens” and flared around the stage enthusiastically.

Do you love the performance as much as we do?

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North Coast Music Festival – Summer’s Last Stand

A huge storm chased out concert goers from Union Park on Friday, but they came rushing back in a few hours later, eager to kick off North Coast weekend. With performances by artists such as Nas, Afrojack, Mac Miller and Wu-Tang, the 3-day festival is traditionally a goodbye to summer. AlunaGeorge made her debut in Chicago, the always smooth Gary Clark Jr showed off his electric guitar mastery, and Purity Ring put on an awesome light show, with front woman Megan Jame’s white dress becoming a rainbow of florescent colors throughout the performance. Most disappointing was Passion Pit, though, who was forced to do a DJ set after Friday’s storm made their equipment unusable.

Check out our photos below and let us know your favorite performances of the weekend!

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Lollapalooza at the Hard Rock Hotel

The only thing better than Lollapalooza at Grant Park last weekend? Lollapalooza chillin at the Hard Rock Hotel.

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Lollapalooza 2013: What to Wear (Guys Edition)

We couldn’t leave the guys hung out to dry after yesterday’s Ladies What to Wear post. For the past two years, we’ve brought you the top summer trends to rock during Chicago’s biggest music fest, and the guys edition is back once again as well. Luckily the weather seems like it’s going to comply, so follow the guidelines below and there’s a good chance you’ll make the Best Dressed list of a fashion blog or two ;). Let us know if there are any looks you think are an absolutely necessary addition. 

1. Class it up with an oxford and bracelet

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Lollapalooza 2013: What To Wear

Lollapalooza – my favorite summer fashion show – hits Grant Park this weekend. For the past two years, we’ve brought you the top summer trends to rock during Chicago’s biggest music fest, and this year is no different. Follow the guidelines below and there’s a good chance you’ll make the Best Dressed list of a fashion blog or two 😉

1. Bathing suits are fair game. 

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Swimsuit: Stampd LA; shorts: Levis; sunglasses: thrift store; purse: Steve Madden

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Jay-Z Announces New Album “Magna Carta Holy Grail”

Monumental news from Jay-Z during half time of the Heat/Spurs Finals game: Jay’s long-time rumored new album will be released July 4th. The Samsung commercial announcing the album features producers Rick Rubin, Pharrell and Timbaland, Swizz Beats and others, all rumored to have had a part in the new record. The beat snippets sounded CRAZY. You can also hear Jay say “Turn that up Ye,” hopefully meaning Mr. West contributed to the album as well. Damn Jay, couldn’t let Ye enjoy his baby for at least a full day?! Also, there goes all the buzz around protege J.Cole’s Born Sinner. 

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Beyonce – Party (Mano Sharpstown Mall Remix)

Our summer playlist keeps growing. Here’s the latest from Chicago’s very own Mano: a remix of Beyonce’s smooth classic “Party.” Grab a drink and a dude (or a lady) and jam to this new song. We like it. Do you?

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An Interview with Houses

I caught up with Dexter and Megan from Houses at SXSW last month after their performance at the Mohawk. The band’s second album “A Quiet Darkness” has been released today and is worth a listen. You can purchase the album here. Read on to learn about the inspiration for the album, the band’s most awkward comparison as well as their favorite spot in Chicago.

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Where You Should Be Tonight: Celebrating Our Beloved Chicago Flag with Next Star Vodka at Square One

Chicago-based Next Star Vodka is bringing back an old, forgotten holiday honoring the Municipal Flag of Chicago. Today is the anniversary of the day our Chicago flag was accepted by the city council, and to celebrate, Next Star Vodka is partnering with South Loop neighborhood bar Square One to host an event with tastings, $4 you-call-it Next Star Vodka cocktails and the unveiling of “The Wallace Rice”- a delicious, refreshing, spring cocktail honoring the creator of the Flag of Chicago. Acityinthemidwest is all for celebrating the best city in the whole wide, wide world, and we think there’s no better way to do it than with the local, craft vodka Next Star. Check out how cool the Next Star bottle is too.

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