Track-by-track instant review of Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Mosquito

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The always-exciting Yeah Yeah Yeahs dropped their new album Mosquito today, April 16th. People should be stoked to hear this one. It’s their first album since 2009’s incredible (and different) It’s Blitz and this one is partially produced by Dave Sitek (TV on the Radio) and James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem)(also Nick Launay, who has worked... Read more »

Gogol Bordello: One band of Gypsies connects us all...

Gogol Bordello: One band of Gypsies connects us all...
I started a new day job recently. It suits me. There are so many musicians. Start a band? We could probably start three and still have subs. So obviously, the names of a lot of musical acts have been kicked around as we attempt to find common ground — every rock style from 311 to... Read more »

New Music Monday: Atoms For Peace, Amok

This first major album release of the year has been more problem than pleasure so far. And after all the confusion, I still don’t know what to think of this Thom Yorke (Radiohead), Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Nigel Goodrich (longtime Radiohead producer) collaboration. Atoms For Peace were supposed to drop their first album Amok... Read more »
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311 Day Might Be My Favorite Holiday... now

311 Day Might Be My Favorite Holiday... now
When you’re young, you celebrate every holiday with vigor — presents! A day off school! Good times. Get a little older and you start to pick favorites. Often the ones that revolve around family, giant feasts or three square meals of candy — Christmas, Hanukkah, Thanksgiving, Halloween. Around college things start to trend differently — St.... Read more »

The Art of the Opening Band is not yet lost: Featuring Rubblebucket

The Art of the Opening Band is not yet lost: Featuring Rubblebucket
Last May, Reptar was the opening band for Grouplove at the Metro. What a stellar show. What a killer pair of new acts. By the fall, Reptar was out on their own, touring with an opening band called Rubblebucket. Having previously dug Reptar as an opening act (and eventually declaring Body Faucet 2012′s Album of the Year),... Read more »

An Open Letter to Blackhawks Bandwagon Fans

An Open Letter to Blackhawks Bandwagon Fans
* One rule of writing is that you must secretly love all your characters. * Hi. I’m bandwagonDan. That’s how I’m known over at The Heckler. I created this persona in 2008, the season before the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup. Back then I covered hockey games “from the perspective of a guy who knows... Read more »
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New Music Monday: The Lone Bellow's crazy story and debut

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There’s not a lot of info out there yet on these guys — their webpage is mind-bendingly simple — but it’s hard to believe that lead jammer Zach Williams couldn’t play the guitar and sing until a friend told him to, considering he’s so good at it now. Back up… Williams’ wife was left nearly paralyzed... Read more »

New Music Monday: Beat Mark's debut album

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We haven’t had a New Music Monday in a while, but something truly worthy of a triumphant return may be breezing over the horizon. French band Beat Mark is set to drop their debut album Howls of Joy on February 19, 2013. This lead single “Breeezing!” immediately struck me as an almost surf-rocking jam with... Read more »

Something about nothing: preview 2013

Something about nothing: preview 2013
Wow. That was a chore, huh? A lot of stuff just happened. We had some holidays, the new year, an election, recent Olympic games and even the flipping of the Mayan “Have we really been talking about this for, like, two years??” calendar. Whew. But we’re back to that point, now, where we’re going to... Read more »
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I Have A Hard Time Liking Popular Christmas Music

I realize that writing something with the above title might cast me as a Grinch. But that is not the case. I like the holidays — decorating, lights, giving and receiving, winter meals and wintry beers. But I have a hard time getting excited about very much holiday music. There are modern Christmas albums out there from bands... Read more »
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