Posts in category "Album Reviews"

Is The Music Enough of A Reason To Watch "13 Reasons Why?"

Is The Music Enough of A Reason To Watch "13 Reasons Why?"
The music played during 13 Reasons Why is the main reason I started watching the show. After reading several times that it had a great soundtrack, I became very intrigued. Though, maybe you’re still thinking, “Why would I watch a kid’s show?” Well, that was my thought process at first too. But now I would... Read more »

The Charlatans "Who We Touch Tour 2010"

The Charlatans "Who We Touch Tour 2010"
A few weeks back I had The Charlatans‘ “Weirdo” running through my head. So, I went downstairs, grabbed the original import, and played it tirelessly in the car CD player. On that Weirdo single there was a live version of “Sproston Green,” which brought back memories of their great live shows, I attended as a... Read more »

The Orwells Show Incredible Growth On "Terrible Human Beings"

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The Orwells continue to grow and morph on their latest release, Terrible Human Beings. “Creatures” is Jim Morrison fronting Cheap Trick. Picture Mario Cuomo (lead singer) slinking across the stage, then crawling on all fours like a young “Peace Frog.” I imagine this is what David Letterman saw when they first graced his stage. The Who,... Read more »
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"The Best Of Rod Stewart," A Sweet Sounding Surprise

"The Best Of Rod Stewart," A Sweet Sounding Surprise
Out of the 7 CD’s I rescued from The Brown Elephant, The Best Of Rod Stewart, was the biggest surprise. “Why,” you ask? Well, not because of his classic bedroom romp with “Maggie,” or the complimentary revelation of “You Wear It Well.” Not even Stewart’s soulful pipes on “Every Picture Tells A Story” surprised me.... Read more »

My New Favorite Rapper Is Healy

My New Favorite Rapper Is Healy
If you asked me who my favorite rapper, or artist, was at this moment, I would have to say Healy. A month ago I saw the soulful emcee perform at the Portage Theater and was blown away by his captivating stage presence. Since then I have been studying his wordplay and picking apart each lyric.... Read more »

Pete Yorn Reveals Proud Moment At Park West In Chicago

Pete Yorn Reveals Proud Moment At Park West In Chicago
Half way though Pete Yorn’s performance at the Park West, he took a break from singing to reveal a proud moment from earlier in his day. “I just got a call from my wife. My daughter took her first steps.” said Yorn. The crowd cheered loudly. I never realized Yorn had a family. I kind... Read more »
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TONIGHT: Felly Brings Smooth Flow To Chicago's Portage Theater

TONIGHT: Felly Brings Smooth Flow To Chicago's Portage Theater
It’s easy to grow old and lament that things aren’t as good as they used to be. People have been screaming hip hop is dead for years now. I used to call it rap, now they call it hip hop. That’s about all that’s changed. What’s dead are the record labels, and the old-man, fat-cat... Read more »

Trashcan Sinatras "Wild Pendulum" Was The Most Surprising Release of 2016

The most surprising release of 2016 has to be Wild Pendulum by the Trashcan Sinatras. I had no idea they were making music again, and then Release Radar hipped me to what has become my favorite listen, start to finish, of 2016. In The Music came out in 2009, and that wasn’t even released stateside. So,... Read more »

The Hunna Brought Back Britpop in 2016

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The Hunna brought back Britpop in 2016. Some might say they brought the Manic Street Preachers back with them. I’m kidding, of course, but their sound is so much like The ‘Manics that I am always reminded of them, especially when I listen to their anthem “You & Me.” Their quick rise to the top... Read more »
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Though Released in 2015, Beirut's "No, No, No" Was A Favorite Listen of 2016

Though it was released in the 4th quarter of 2015, Beirut’s No No No, was something I listened to a lot in 2016. The single “Gibraltar” stuck with me throughout many of my 2016 playlists, and for that song alone, you should spin this record, right round! But the “August Holland” story was dope and so... Read more »