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Perfume Genius Review: Too Bright

Perfume Genius Too Bright Review

Perfume Genius Too Bright Some albums are so great, they can overcome any personal biases. Such is the case with Too Bright, the third album from Mike Hadreas aka Perfume Genius.  I was pretty opposed to Perfume Genius’s music before Too Bright, finding it at worst boring and hard to listen to because of its extremely lo-fi quality and at best just not for me. But upon hearing “Queen”, the lead single off of Too Bright, for the first time,

Beware of Mr. Baker Review

Beware of Ginger Baker Documentary Review

Few embody the rogue spirit of rock ‘n’ roll quite like Ginger Baker. When people think of maniac behavior from rock stars, legendary Cream drummer Ginger Baker comes to mind alongside Johnny Rotten (who considers Baker a hero), Ozzy Osbourne, Keith Moon, and John Bonham (both of who Baker has resentment towards). Unlike Bonham and Moon, Baker is a look at what happens to a wild rock star when they don’t flame out and die at a young age, but

Muscle Shoals Review

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There would never be rock ‘n’ roll without the South, and all the blues, New Orleans jazz, and country to come out of that region of the country. Thus, Muscle Shoals, the small Alabama town that holds the legendary Fame Recording Studios and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, makes surprisingly perfect sense as a setting for so much classic musical output.

Black Lips and King Khan Show Review

Black Lips Show Review

Black Lips with King Khan and the BBQ Show September 19th, 2014 Logan Square Auditorium, Chicago, IL Punk shows are timelessly great. You usually get at least three acts, each playing tons of songs (thanks to their 2-3 minute run times), and non-stop energy from the crowd for very little money. We caught the Southern garage punks Black Lips, King Khan in punk rock duo form with the BBQ Show, and a solid opener in Heavy Times for just $18

U2 Vs. Thom Yorke: The Surprise Album Shakedown

U2 vs. Thom Yorke: The Surprise Album Shakedown

The last month has brought two high-profile surprise albums in U2’s Songs of Innocence and Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke’s second solo album, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes. As we all know, there can only be one surprise album champion, so I thought I would go through five rounds of criteria (announcement, distribution, price, reach, and ultimately, the music) to decide who won the September Surprise Shakedown. Two men enter the ring, only one can leave. Round #1: Announcement U2: The Irish lads

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