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Timber Timbre “Hot Dreams” Review

Timber Timbre "Hot Dreams" song review

Timber Timbre “Hot Dreams” Fellow LxLer Austin always ribs me for being a “slave to the classics”, but more than a slave to the classics, I think I’m more a “slave to the classic sound.” Cue Toronto singer/songwriter Taylor Kirk aka Timber Timbre’s “Hot Dreams”, the title track off his latest and third album, which just released last week. Since the moment I heard this song, I’ve been absolutely taken by it.

The 10 Best Country Outlaws

Best Country Outlaws

The rogue western figure has been making its way back into pop culture recently, not only with musicians like country artists like Jamey Johnson and Kacey Musgraves, but also in television and movies, most notably with the Elmore Leonard (RIP) adapted FX series Justified. Between Justified’s season finale Tuesday night and the Archer season surrounding Cherlene turning into an outlaw country star (“OUTLAW COUNTRY!”), here are our 10 favorite country outlaws.

St. Vincent Show Review

St. Vincent Chicago Show Review

St. Vincent April 5th, 2014 Riviera Theatre, Chicago, IL With each album, St. Vincent aka Annie Clark has further cemented herself as an artist worth paying attention to. Her latest self-titled album sounds like nobody but herself and each album has gotten increasingly artful. Thanks to the Riviera Theatre, Jam Productions, and the wonderful world that is Twitter, I landed two free tickets to see her as she strolled through Chicago. While her latest tour is no doubt her most

The Rest is Noise Book Review

The Rest Is Noise Book Review

The Rest is Noise Of the three major musical categories (classical, jazz, and popular music), classical is easily my biggest musical blind spot. While I know your major works like Beethoven’s 5th and Copland’s Appalachian Spring, I am pretty lacking understanding classical music history beyond a couple classes I took in college. The Rest is Noise offers what appears to be a fairly comprehensive look at 20th century classical music, in a way that binds various artists, movements, and pieces

20 Feet from Stardom Review

20 Feet from Stardom film review

20 Feet From Stardom Documentary filmmakers love to tell the story of the unsung hero, and there is no bigger unsung hero in the history of rock ‘n’ roll than the backup singer. 20 Feet from Stardom, the now 2nd consecutive music documentary to win an Academy Award following last year’s Searching for Sugar Man win, is a triumphant film documenting the history of backup singing (specifically gospel-rooted backup singing that has been prominent in rock music since its inception)

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