Rolling Blackouts Write Catchy Pop On "Hope Dawns"

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“Lay back, sink in, You’re not talking straight/I’m right, this is sin, You’re not talking straight/Come around, give in, You’re not talking straight.” If you’re like me, these lyrics from “Talking Straight,” by the Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, have been rolling around your head for the last 6 months. Now it’s “How Long.” A super... Read more »

Autistic Boy Steals The Show From Josh Rouse @ City Winery- 10/17/18

Autistic Boy Steals The Show From Josh Rouse @ City Winery- 10/17/18
If you know me, you know I am not a huge fan of the City Winery. I will only go if there is someone I really want to see, or on a special occasion. Josh Rouse and Grant Lee Phillips played on my birthday (10/17/18) and my wife surprised me with tickets. She also invited... Read more »

Night Riots "Breaking Free" Is A "Killer" Single

Night Riots "Breaking Free" Is A "Killer" Single
The Night Riots “Breaking Free” is a killer single. The chorus reminds one of The Killers, while the vocal phrasing in the verse is all Andrew McMahon or Jack’s Mannequin-esque. All puns aside, though, I’m completely addicted to this tune. It’s anthemic. Another uplifting rock song you’ll want to sing along with. So good that... Read more »
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Spotify's Release Radar Is The Highlight of My Friday

Spotify's Release Radar Is The Highlight of My Friday
Every Friday morning I look forward to seeing what is in my Release Radar. This has become the highlight of my Friday morning and is just another way Spotify is changing how we listen to music. According to Spotify, “Release Radar is a playlist of new releases recommended just for you. Updated every Friday with... Read more »

Hippo Campus Bring "Bambi" To The Vic-10/6/18

Hippo Campus Bring "Bambi" To The Vic-10/6/18
Is it too early to talk album of the year? Hippo Campus have recorded a masterpiece and it’s in my Top 5 of 2018. The only worry for me was, could they pull this new sound off live? Before the show starts I turn to the two teen girls on my left and ask,” What... Read more »

The Districts Leave Me Wanting More @ The Riviera-10/6/18

The Districts Leave Me Wanting More @ The Riviera-10/6/18
It was evident from The Districts set at The Riv, that they were working on new things. It definitely did not feel like they were touring behind any record, though one would think most of their material would’ve come from their latest release, Popular Manipulations. There’s never a point of hearing “If Before I Wake”... Read more »
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Two Of My Favorite Bands Are Touring Together: The Districts & Hippo Campus

Two Of My Favorite Bands Are Touring Together: The Districts & Hippo Campus
It’s been no secret how much I love both The Districts and Hippo Campus. I’ve been very vocal to those around me. They are my two favorite bands, and now they are touring together. I have pronounced my love for both bands several times on this blog. Feel free to take a gander below. “Hippo... Read more »

Butch Walker Returns To Chicago For "The Last Days Of Summer"

Butch Walker Returns To Chicago For "The Last Days Of Summer"
For many years now we have been dragging family and friends to see singer/songwriter Butch Walker jump off of drum sets and catch flying guitar picks mid-strum. We tell them the same thing that was told to us years ago, “You have to see this guy live. He’s one of the best performers you’ll ever see.”... Read more »

Hippo Campus Release New Record & I Lament About Trips To The Record Store

Hippo Campus Release New Record & I Lament About Trips To The Record Store
Yesterday Hippo Campus released the long-awaited, follow up, to their stellar debut, Landmark, called Bambi. Albums, for those who don’t know, are released on Fridays now and you don’t go to the record store to buy them, but they magically appear in Spotify. This is the new record store. The old record store was a... Read more »
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Buffalo Tom, Theo Epstein, & Joe Shannahan Celebrate 25th Anniversary of "Let Me Come Over"

Buffalo Tom, Theo Epstein, & Joe Shannahan Celebrate 25th Anniversary of "Let Me Come Over"
For the last two weeks, I have been listening to Buffalo Tom’s Let Me Come Over. I have been reading the lyrics to songs like “Frozen Lake,” and “Taillights Fade,” and connecting childhood memories to their past performances. I’ve been doing this, all in preparation, for the 25th Anniversary show, at Metro, in Chicago. Usually,... Read more »