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End the need for benefit concerts

Sunday’s Chicago Tribune ran a thoughtful and provocative op-ed on musicians and health insurance penned by Nan Warshaw of Chicago’s
Bloodshot Records and Alex Maiolo, project coordinator
for the Future of Music Coalition‘s Health Insurance
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The Future of Music Coalition blog notes:

the article is interesting because instead of a “pity the poor musicians” angle, it portrays artists as what they actually are: entrepreneurs who are trying to compete in an open marketplace, like Americans are encouraged to do. Yet because to the current health insurance landscape, it is exceedingly difficult for most musicians to pursue their craft.

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Soft Targets Tour of Western Avenue

Soft Targets are gearing up for a two-date Tour of Western Avenue (Chicago):

this Thursday night, July 30, Soft Targets play at The Mutiny:

9 PM with They Might Be Pop Tarts and TBA & The TBD’s. The Mutiny is at 2428 N Western Ave in Chicago (map).

next Thursday night, August 6, Soft Targets will be at Quenchers: 9 PM with Slick Conditions. Quenchers is at 2401 N Western Ave in Chicago

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Soft Targets Chic-a-go-go airdates

The Soft Targets performed “The Kids Want Action” at the Chic-a-go-go taping yesterday. The Soft Targets performance is part of show #608, which will air on Tuesday, March 24 at 8:30 PM and Wednesday, March 25 at 3:30 PM. That’s on CAN TV19 on Cable in Chicago. Chic-a-go-go also airs in the Bay Area on “9th Floor Radio – TV” Friday and Saturday nights on Peralta TV, cable 27 in Berkeley and 28 in Oakland and online at (Not sure what date Peralta TV will air show #608.)

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The Wiggly Tendrils

Conor Loughridge, formerly of First Coat, has a new songwriting blog, “The Wiggly Tendrils” — and the ambitious goal of writing a few songs each week for the year. With some great results so far: right now, we especially recommend “Consider the Necessity”([megaphone] mp3 1.9 MB) from this past Monday.

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