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The Weekend Desk Report

By Steve Rhodes / Posted on July 4, 2015

1. Englewood Residents Hold Independence Day Weekend Vigil vs. Thousands Line Route For Arlington Heights 4th Of July Parade.

Relevant: How The U.S. Government And White People Segregated Neighborhoods, Towns.

P.S.: Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner chose to attend the Arlington Heights parade.

2. "As rock legends the Grateful Dead retire from the stage, their thousands of tie-dyed fans are gathering one last time in an enduring sign of how the band pioneered alternative culture," Agence France Presse reports.

"Instead, the Grateful Dead both helped define the countercultural spirit that blossomed in the 1960s and became a harbinger of later alternative scenes by creating a community that bonded precisely because the band was out of the mainstream."

Dear punks and indie rockers: The Dead beat you to it. Who in the history of rock 'n' roll has been more DIY?

Not that I valorize DIY, because I don't. Or should I say, it depends.

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"Formed in the cultural ferment of the San Francisco area in the 1960s, the Grateful Dead were generally described as psychedelic rock but brought in elements of blues, country, bluegrass and jazz.

"The Dead adopted jazz's defining trait of improvisation, which convinced traveling Deadheads that each show would be different and not a repeat of the night before."

How great is that?

3. "Stellar weather and good vibes smiled on Grateful Dead fans in Chicago Friday as the band kicked off its last three 50th-anniversary concerts at Soldier Field stadium, rolling through a four-hour celebration of favorites, from 'Box of Rain' to 'Ripple,'" John Jurgensen writes for the Wall Street Journal.

Just about any band would be thrilled to have just a tiny slice of the Dead's catalogue; most will never, ever come close to writing "Box of Rain" or "Ripple."

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P.S.: The police reported no arrests.

4. Two Founders, Two Fourths.

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The Week In Chicago Rock
Featuring: Dick Diver, CoCoComa, Clearance, The Inn Keepers, moe., Kataplexy, Disentomb, Death Grips, Manwolves, Surabhi, Poi Dog Pondering, Paul Rodgers, and Blondie.

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Beachwood Radio: Don't Blame McCarthy For Rahm
The real case against the Chicago police chief. Plus: Bracing For Holiday Weekend Reporting; Here We Go Again With The National Guard; Boykin's Bullshit; and The FBI-CNN Joint Task Force For Fear-Mongering.

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About Gentrification
WE CAME HERE TO GET AWAY FROM YOU.

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Barack Obama Wishes You A Happy Independence Day
* Obama Spied On German Journalists.

* Obama Lied About The NSA: How XKEYSCORE Really Works.

* Exclusive: U.S. Operates Drones From Secret Somalia Bases.

* Health Insurance Companies Seek Big Rate Increases For 2016.

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The Sound Opinions Weekend Desk Listening Report: "Torres, the musical project of Mackenzie Scott, has shown off her prodigious songwriting abilities in two critically acclaimed and intensely emotional albums. Torres joins Jim and Greg for a conversation and live performance."

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BeachBook
* Here's The Government's Horrifying New Fireworks Safety Demonstration.

* Real-Life Pollution Superhero 'The Fox' Headed To The Big Screen.

* How The Mammoth Got Its Wool.

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TweetWood
A sampling.

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The Weekend Desk Tip Line: Red-eyed and blue.

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MUSIC - The Week In Chicago Rock.
TV - Rainbows Of Flavor & Fun.
POLITICS - Beachwood Radio: Don't Blame McCarthy For Rahm's Policies.
SPORTS - Fantasy Fix: Closing Arguments.

BOOKS - Superheroes Meet Superkids.

PEOPLE PLACES & THINGS - Beachwood Photo Booth: Superheroic San Luis Freeze.


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