Category Archives: Reviews

Courtney Barnett Review: Sometimes I Sit and Think…

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Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit While I love music as much as the next person, sometimes you get in a music rut and just sort of get bored with what you listen to. This is especially the case running a music blog and digesting hours of music each day. But it always seems when that rut hits, some fresh voice or sound will come bursting out of the speakers and revitalize my love

Matthew E. White Review: Fresh Blood

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Matthew E. White Fresh Blood In the 60’s and 70’s, musical greatness was not only defined by the person, but also the place. Hit-factory studios like Motown, Fame, Muscle Shoals, Stax, and Sigma Sound were places defined by their signature sound, embodying sounds of the region, and their house bands were all sorts of legendary. Recent years have brought about documentaries about these magic places, whether it was Dave Grohl going crazy about Sound City Studios in LA in his

The Who’s Tommy: Musical Review

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The Who’s Tommy 2/5/2015 Paramount Theater, Aurora, IL Adaptations of things we love can change our relationship with the source material. The best adaptations add new dimensions and new understandings of the source material (see NBC’s Hannibal or Johnny Cash’s cover of NIN’s “Hurt”), helping you to understand how rich it is or a different side of it. The worst adaptations make you question the source material and why you ever liked it in the first place. Unfortunately, the latter

I’ll Take You There Book Review

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I’ll Take You There Greg Kot There are few artists more beloved by the entire music community than gospel legend Mavis Staples. Mavis was celebrated a few months back in Chicago with a tribute concert for her 75th birthday at Auditorium Theatre with the likes of Arcade Fire, Greg Allman, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Aaron Neville, and more showing up to celebrate her birthday and legacy. There is also a documentary debuting at SXSW this year titled Mavis!, celebrating the

Mark Ronson Review: Uptown Special

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Mark Ronson Uptown Special   2014 was a big year for producers and artists switching roles with a lot of success. Ryan Adams and Beck both produced parts of Jenny Lewis’s wonderful The Voyager. The Black Keys continued to each produce plenty of work, with Auerbach almost single-handedly saving the Lana Del Rey record, and Patrick Carney making the Black Lips latest album bluesy and dirty. On the other hand, Pharrell, one half of legendary hip hop production team the

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