Category: All About Music

You Can't Wash The Fucked Up Out Of Me Tonight

You Can't Wash The Fucked Up Out Of Me Tonight
“Listerine,” is my favorite song off the latest Hippo Campus album, LP3. There’s a line from the chorus that states, “You can’t wash the fucked up out me tonight/Despite how hard you try.” The first time I heard it I had to make sure I was hearing it correctly. After several listens, and what became... Read more »

Release Radar - 3/4/22 - Band Of Horses vs Peach Pit

Release Radar - 3/4/22 - Band Of Horses vs Peach Pit
Happy Friday, Spring is in the air! Finally, the new Band Of Horses is upon us and I’m listening now to Things Are Great. “You Are Nice To Me” is my favorite song after one spin through and the rest of the record is holding water. It definitely sounds like a soundtrack for Summer! !!!... Read more »

Release Radar - 2/25/22 - Half Alive vs Tears For Fears

Release Radar - 2/25/22 - Half Alive vs Tears For Fears
I remember seeing Half Alive at Lollapalooza a few years back and really enjoying their set. Give Me Your Shoulders, Pt. 1 is a seven-song EP that includes the singles “Hot Tea,” and Summerland,” which are beautiful synthpop songs, with great melodies. Their latest, the guitar-driven “Back Around” shows a funkier side that should sound... Read more »
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Hippo Campus Showcase New Sound @ The Riviera -Chicago, Illinois - 2.18.22 -

Hippo Campus Showcase New Sound @ The Riviera -Chicago, Illinois - 2.18.22 -
It was quite clear to all that attended, or live-streamed, the show at The Riviera on Friday night, that Hippo Campus was ushering in a new sound. “2 Young 2 Die” opens with atmospheric keyboards, triggered beats, and a healthy dose of autotune on Jake Luppen’s voice, which we started to hear on his solo... Read more »

Release Radar - 2/18/22 - Shout Out Louds vs Engelwood

Release Radar - 2/18/22 - Shout Out Louds vs Engelwood
It’s been an incredible first quarter for music. With new albums from Andy Bell, Animal Collective, Beach House, David Bowie, Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, Hippo Campus, and The Lumineers, it’s hard to keep track of what I’ve listened to, and what I need to listen to. So far, Hippo Campus and The Lumineers are getting... Read more »

The Backseat Lovers Open With Kilby Girl In Chicago @ The Vic Theatre - 2.17.22 -

The Backseat Lovers Open With Kilby Girl In Chicago @ The Vic Theatre - 2.17.22 -
I have this tradition at every concert where I ask the people around me what they think the opening song is going to be? Allison said, “Pictures,” and Jamie said, “Kilby Girl!” I was thinking “Shut Your Mouth,” or “Pool House,” but never in a million years did I think they would warm up the... Read more »
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Release Radar - 2/11/22 - Delvon Lamar vs Spoon

Release Radar - 2/11/22 - Delvon Lamar vs Spoon
Spoon has returned with Lucifer On The Sofa, and, so far, SO good! I really need to lean into this record and give it the time it deserves but I’m digging “Feels Alright,” “My Babe,” and “The Hardest Cut.” My daughters’ favorite singer has returned with “Boyfriend.” Disney’s Dove Cameron shows off her body of... Read more »

Director Balin Schneider Discusses His Material Issue Documentary, "Out Of Time"

Director Balin Schneider Discusses His Material Issue Documentary, "Out Of Time"
Balin Schneider is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after filmmakers in the industry after directing the Material Issue documentary, Out Of Time. I was lucky enough to get a chance to interview him in between his press for his directorial debut, and several new projects in the hopper. Balin, thanks so much for making... Read more »

Release Radar - 2/4/22 - Hippo Campus vs Red Hot Chili Peppers

Release Radar - 2/4/22 - Hippo Campus vs Red Hot Chili Peppers
We have been waiting patiently for Hippo’s third album, aptly titled LP3, and now it’s here, on our doorstep, for the playing. The first song that stands out after one listen is “Listerine,” a subtle love song where the subject suffers from martyrdom, confessing that you can’t scrub the sharp edges out of his personality.... Read more »
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Material Issue Documentary "Out Of Time" Offers Fans A Form Of Closure

Material Issue Documentary "Out Of Time" Offers Fans A Form Of Closure
Material Issue fans were heartbroken after the sudden death of Jim Ellison on June 20, 1996. The lead singer checked out at the early age of 32 and left us with many unanswered questions. Suicide has that effect, leaving things feeling unfinished and empty. Now, Out Of Time, a new documentary about that band’s triumphant... Read more »