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Eels Review: The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett

Eels The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett Mark Oliver Everett, also known as E, has led off his ten previous studio albums in a multitude of ways.  He opened off Electro-Shock Blues with the gut punch ode to his sister Elizabeth, who committed suicide.  On Beautiful Freak, E opens with probably his most commercial success, “Novocaine for the Soul”.  And on Shootenanny! he opens with an aggressive bluesy number.  Why is any of this relevant to Cautionary Tales you ask? 

The National Show Review

Matt Berninger, the classiest man in the indie rock scene.

The National Chicago Theatre Chicago, IL April 18, 2014 Last Friday, The National performed their fourth and final show of a four-night stand at the Chicago Theatre. What was intended to be a two night stop in Chicago quickly turned into four consecutive nights, after each show continually sold out at such a rapid rate and they added more dates. Lucky was I, to have fellow LxL’er Wes to snag me such a prized possession. Regretfully, he could not actually

2014 Musicians on TV Power Rankings

2014 Musicians on TV Power Rankings

Not only are movie and stage actors flocking to TV for more stable and quality roles, musicians have begun to get in on this golden age of television. Musicians are putting down their instruments and picking up their acting chops, getting major and minor roles on sitcoms and procedurals. We have always had late night television performances, but those have even been ratcheted up with the help of the Roots and more artists eager to collaborate on live television.  So

The 10 Best Uses of Pop Songs in Commercials

harry crane

Who watches commercials anymore?  I certainly don’t.  Unless it is a live sporting event, there is just no reason to subject yourself to them.  Luckily though, when we are a captive audience, there is once in awhile a commercial worth watching.  For the list this week, we decided to celebrate the return of Mad Men with a top ten list of pop songs used in commercials.  So, let’s celebrate Harry Crane’s commercial magic and delve right in.  As always, let