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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Pinestock Music Festival September 6th, 2014 Churubusco, IN Churubusco, Indiana isn’t known for much beyond turtles (it’s high school mascot) and this creepy burger restaurant with clown dolls, but Pinestock Music Festival in the last four years has given Churubusco a new name. And that’s home of one of the best fests in the Midwest.
Editor’s Note: Check out Part 1 of Austin’s piece here Between 2004 and 2010 I got to see Robert Randolph gain a lot of notoriety and success. I got to see him steal the show on the Grammy’s. Unclassified (2003) and Colorblind (2006) were really solid records for an artist known mostly for his live performances. But, slowly, starting in maybe 2007 or so, I was subjected to seeing Randolph lose a little bit of flavor just about every time. I
Nope, Robert Randolph isn’t dead. He also didn’t retire or do some horrible thing essentially ending his career. It’s just been a really long time since Randolph did anything to catch my attention, and believe me, I would really like Robert Randolph to catch my attention again. So, why am I writing about him right now, you ask? Randolph has been brought to my consciousness twice in the past several weeks pretty randomly. First, Wes wrote his Public Service announcement
We have all been there. Your favorite band is coming into town, and tickets go on sale at 9:00 AM on Friday morning. You are at your computer at 8:45 AM, just for good measure. Ticketmaster.com is most likely, and most unfortunately, the place of purchase. At 8:55 AM you begin to refresh the webpage, just to make sure the ticket status has not been changed a few minutes early. At 8:56, you refresh again. 8:57, refresh, nothing. 8:58, refresh,