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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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5 Best Performances of SXSW

I’m back from vacation in Miami and ready to share my favorites from SXSW! While most festivals take place on large, open fields, artists at SXSW performed at multiple small venues throughout the city, often at small bars- allowing fans an intimate experience with their favorite bands. Austin was a very cool city filled with food trucks, pedicabs and musicians on every corner hoping to get discovered. I loved it and can’t wait to go back next year. Below is a list of my top 5 favorite performances of SXSW.

1. The Joy Formidable

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I had not heard The Joy Formidable before SXSW, so when I saw a cute little blonde girl walk on stage, I expected a sweet, bubbly pop sound from the band. I could not have been more wrong. When lead vocalist Ritzy Bryan started jamming, she looked like she was ready to rip anyone’s heart out and bash it to pieces with her guitar. At one point during the show, Ritzy Bryan dropped the c-word, and I promised myself I would never judge a band by their appearance again. Drawing from alternative rock and punk influences, The Joy Formidable put on a loud, headbanging, impressive performance.

2. Frank Turner

Frank Turner stumbled onto stage Saturday night for one of the last performances of SXSW and announced he was drunk. I have never seen a more charming drunk man. Armed with a heavy English accent and a guitar, Frank Turner proved he was an entertainer. The audience belted out the lyrics to every one of the folk-rock songs, and I felt like I was standing in the middle of a campfire sing-along. At one point during the show, Frank Turner admitted that his original love for punk came from Blink-182 and performed an acoustic cover of the 90s classic “Dammit.” Performing in front of The Revival Tour banner, Frank Turner invited the rest of the members of the upcoming tour onto stage with him to sing “Photosynthesis.” A drunken, happy group of musicians sang/screamed into the mics “And I won’t sit down, and I won’t shut up, but most of all I will not grow up.” It was great.

3. Fitz and the Tantrums

The Fitz and the Tantrums live performance was phenomenal. Lead singers Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs killed each soul-infused song vocally. They let the audience know that they loved to dance (as if that wasn’t evident already by their non-stop insane dance moves throughout the show – the band had serious moves), and the tent became a sweat machine as the audience joined in on the dance party. Noelle Scaggs’ tambourine skills were unreal as she morphed her body into a rhythm machine, swinging and swaying her body together with her instrument. The band also admitted that they had a special place in their hearts for SXSW, because they were discovered at the 2010 music festival. There is no doubt that Fitz and the Tantrums put on the wildest and most energetic performance of the entire festival.

4. Solange

There has been a lot of buzz about Solange Knowles lately, and rightfully so- the girl has soul. Her music is unique from her sister Beyonce’s, but her dancing abilities aren’t; Solange grooved on stage in her bright orange getup on the Stubbs stage and jammed with her band. This performance made my top 5 list, because it was a nice added spice to the rest of the shows. Solange’s sound is smooth with a bit of funk and a lot of soul and it was fun to watch an artist have so much fun on stage.

5. Twin Falls

Twin Falls is Chris Carrabba’s (better known as “The Dashboard Confessional Heartthrob’s”) new band. With bluegrass influences and a folk-infused sound, the band is composed of 3 guys and a girl – Chris Carrabba, Jonathan Clark, Ben Homola and Suzie Zeldin. The recently formed band put on an intimate and sweet outdoor performance at the Cedar Street Courtyard late Saturday night. My favorite part of this performance came right at the end, when Chris Carrabba answered an audience member’s request, basically told his haters that they could screw themselves, and sang the 10-year-old hit “Hands Down” for a mesmerized crowd. Chris Carrabba crooned the emo song into the mic, and the audience sang along to every lyric. It may have taken 10 years, but it was kind of amazing to have Chris Carrabba perform the song I obsessed over during my middle school days a foot away from me; it was a welcome surprise to have a teenage dream realized during SXSW.

Other notable performances: Kendrick Lamar, Dave Grohl’s Sound City Players, Phosphorescent, Flume, Goldfields, Baths, Wild Belle

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Week that Was (2-14-13 to 2-20-13)

Week that Was featuring just about every kind of music you can think of. Keep the submissions coming, narrowing this down to 10 or under every week is getting harder and harder. Enjoy! Let us know what we missed and what you think of the music!

Born Ruffians – Needle

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An Ode to Bonny’s and New Music from DJ Major Taylor

Ohhh, Bonny’s. Let’s reminisce about those glorious nights spent at the epically grungy Logan Square bar Bonny’s. You stood outside for 45 minutes in front of a rickety, sign-free brick building next to a photography studio showcasing some very questionable shirtless “models.” As you took your first steps inside, your senses were smacked by the “unique” scent of the late-night joint. You then (hopefully) proceeded to dance in a puddle of sweat, clutching your three dollar PBR during a far-from average 4:00 AM dance party, grooving to the mixes of DJ Major Taylor – the only man who could throw in the famous “AHHHHHHHHHHHH ZA BENYA” (Circle of Life) from the Lion King after Bell Biv DeVoe’s Poison.

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“In A Perfect World” – New Exhibit at Gallery F

“In a Perfect World,” the new exhibit at Gallery F in Logan Square features cool, unique works of art in mixed mediums by NiceOne and LUCX. The work on Gallery F’s walls may look familiar to you- NiceOne and LUCX are street artists, and their pieces can be found throughout Chicago on the walls of abandoned buildings and plastered within Wicker Park alleys. Chicago is making its way into the art scene as new galleries and events such as 2nd Fridays in Pilsen make art more accessible and readily available. If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, here’s my top pick for you. Check out photos and the inspiration behind the work after the jump!

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Emeli Sandé @ Lincoln Hall 1/22

Emeli Sandé, the 25-year-old talented artist from London, played Tuesday to a sold out Lincoln Hall crowd. Sandé is already a huge artist in the UK, performing in both the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics, and selling more copies of her album Our Version of Events than any other artist in 2012 in the UK. With honest lyrics, a gospel-infused sound and a pure vocal range, Sandé wowed her audience Tuesday night. If you haven’t listened to this girl yet, make sure you find her on Spotify ASAP. Check out photos from the show after the jump!

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Week that Was (1-9-13 to 1-16-13)

Michael’s in Spain on Study Abroad and doesn’t have Internet in his apartment yet (boo hoo, I know). My first addition of Week That Was features a mix of music from some of our favorite artists including Youth Lagoon and Cold War Kids, as well as tracks submitted to us from up-and-comers Victories at Sea and GirlsOnDrugs. As always, keep sending us your music for a chance to be featured!

Victories at Sea – Stay Positive

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Justin Timberlake is Back – “Suit & Tie” ft. Jay-Z

The guy who “brought sexy back,” Justin Timberlake has made a comeback to the music scene with his new single “Suit Up” featuring Jay-Z. A little reminiscent of elevator music, the single still has JT’s classic smooth sound. Is Timberlake back for good? Can he make it back to the top after years of keeping quiet? Listen to the song below, and  let us know what you think!

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New Years Eve 2012 – What To Wear

There are two days left to put together the perfect outfit for one of the most hyped-up nights of the year- New Years Eve. Whether your plan is to check out a new bar in the city or get together with friends at a house party, this is one of the only nights of the year where it’s completely acceptable to look like a disco ball in sequins. Stay classy in black, sparkle in gold, or go bold in my personal favorite- blue. Girls and guys, check out the photos below for a little inspiration for putting together your look!

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Clockwise from left: earrings: Forever21; dress: Top Shop; feather purse: Kate Spade; dress: PacSun; skirt: Forever21; clutch: Diane Von Furstenberg

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ACITM’s Top 10 Music Videos of 2012

ACITM brings you a top 10 list of the videos you may have forgotten about, the ones you need to see again and the ultimate in the creme de la creme of music video cinematography from 2012. Check them out below and let us know if you agree with our picks!

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