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?
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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
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.
Yesterday, The Black Keys released their second track from their upcoming album, Turn Blue. Which being the title track from the new album is also titled “Turn Blue”. “Fever”, the first track released from the upcoming album, seemed to fall a bit short of expectations due to its unimaginative lyrics and a bland music style that feels fairly old hat at this point. Where as “True Blue” slows things down to spin an eerie, slower groove from the Keys, that
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