Stevie Wonder Performs Songs in the Key of Life Live November 14th, 2014 United Center, Chicago, IL There are few albums more ambitious than Stevie Wonder’s 1976 double-album Songs in the Key of Life. It’s as ambitious and ornate as Sgt. Pepper’s and as diverse and wide-ranging as the White Album. It’s exploration of life in the inner city and a divided, violent country and his idealist call for love to heal all divides transcends the period and is still
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Ex Hex Rips Sometimes you just need an old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll palette cleanser. Enter female power trio Ex Hex. Led by Helium and Wild Flag’s Mary Timony, the band rips out straightforward, lovable pop rock songs in the spirit of 70’s rock staples like the Pretenders, the Ramones, and Roxy Music. At just 12 minutes and 35 minutes, Ex Hex’s debut Rips moves with swiftness and cocksureness that is hard to resist.
Flying Lotus You’re Dead The world of electronic music gets noisier and more crowded by the minute, with few artists truly standing out. Steven Ellison aka Flying Lotus is busy creating his own universe, one that refuses to be defined by a category or genre, mixing jazz, hip hop, R&B, and experimental electronic music to make something new entirely. His fifth proper album, You’re Dead, pushes his metaphysical sound with a 19-song concept album, centered around Ellison considering his own
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,
Ryan Adams Ryan Adams There aren’t a lot of records that sound more stuck in time than Ryan Adams’ self-titled album, his first release in three years. But it’s not stuck in Ryan Adams’ era of music (the early aughts when he was one of the hottest singer/songwriters around), but rather the 80’s and early 90’s, when driving Heartland rock like Tom Petty, chimy college rock like R.E.M., and heart-on-your-sleeve garage rock like The Replacements dominated the music landscape. However,