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Rock City

By chicago_chris in Arts & Entertainment on Jul 29, 2004 5:28PM

2004_07_music_constitution.jpg Chicagoist thinks it's interesting that our city seems to specialize in certain art forms - namely comics, improv comedy, and music. And the cover story of this week's New City offers a peek into that latter group, the great local music scene. In an article listing "Ten Bands on the Verge" – Chicagoist wonders on the verge of what, exactly? – music critic Dave Chamberlain calls out his favorite up-and-coming hometown acts. While sorting through the fray, he makes a few pithy, dead-on remarks about Chicago music, like "The rest of the world lumps Chicago's indie-rock bands together – and that's not necessarily a good thing" and "Chicago is strewn with with the corpses of bands that burned out and fractured before their star rose."

Some are street fair mainstays poised to make it big (see The Ponys and The M's, both of whom you can catch this weekend at the Wicker Park Festival... where maybe you'll find a lovesick Josh Hartnett) while others are less known but equally awesome (The New Constitution and The Like Young). To read the whole list, go here. But what Chicagoist really wants to know: what local favorite of yours was left off the list? Let the battles begin.