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Shake the Dust Review

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Shake the Dust In the past forty years, no music form has had a bigger impact on American culture than hip hop. But what we don’t often think of, is how hip hop has impacted people across the globe. Director Adam Sjöberg turns his attention to this global aspect, specifically how it empowers youth in the third world. Hip hop since the beginning has taken four forms: rapping, turntablism (or DJing), graffiti art, and b-boying (or breakdancing). Through some incredible

John Mulaney Show Review

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John Mulaney April 17th, 2015 Murat Room, Indianapolis, IN Much of the talk surrounding Chicago comedian John Mulaney over the past year has been about his much-maligned FOX sitcom Mulaney, a show that looked the revive the multi-cam glory days of Friends and Seinfeld but fell tremendously short in its first season and was cancelled despite an incredibly talented cast (including Martin Short, Nassim Pedrad, and Elliott Gould among others). However, what can’t be forgotten is Mulaney, still only 32

Hot Chip Review: Why Make Sense?

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Hot Chip Why Make Sense? Few bands churn out the dance hits like Hot Chip. In case you are unfamiliar, Hot Chip is five somewhat nerdy white Brits that know disco, house, and pop music like the back of their hand, releasing six infectious albums in the last ten years. The band has always been half-humor and half-heart, but especially with their last album, In Our Heads, they have really kicked up the heart. Why Make Sense?, their latest, continues

Netflix Corner: Ken Burns’ Jazz Series

Ken Burns Jazz Series Review

Jazz: The TV Mini-Series Directed by Ken Burns I’ve heard people talk time and time again about Ken Burns documentaries, but I’m actually not sure I’d ever seen one. Burns is sort of PBS’s documentarian extraordinaire, as he has done documentary series on everything America including baseball, the Civil War, national parks, and much more. Burns is so patriotic in his work, I bet there is a 12-part series on apple pie coming soon. Describing jazz as the only true

Matthew E. White Show Review

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Matthew E. White April 2nd, 2015 Schubas, Chicago, IL One of the best books I’ve read the last few years was David Byrne’s biography/how-to hybrid How Music Works. In it, Byrne talks about how much space, economics, and touring inform music and recording, which is something many listeners (at least this listener) don’t often think about. For example, a band might decide not to include a trumpet in a song because it would be hard to recreate live since you

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