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Man Man Show Review

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Man Man February 11th, 2014 Durty Nellies Palatine IL Who knew Twitter was good for anything beside trolls and hashtags? As toxic as social media is sometimes, it paid off for me Tuesday when I won two free tickets to Man Man in a random Chicago suburb, Palatine, courtesy of Popstache (who I have written for in the past). Man Man is a Philadelphia foursome influenced by rock’s earliest experimenters:Tom Waits, Captain Beefheart, and Frank Zappa, but crossed with a

Bruce Springsteen Song Review: “High Hopes”

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Bruce Springsteen “High Hopes” Ever wonder what Bruce Springsteen bottoming out looks like?  Here it is ladies and gentleman.  “High Hopes”, the lead single from Springsteen’s album of the same name, is an abomination for a number of reasons.  But before taking The Boss to task, let me give you a little background on the upcoming album.  High Hopes, the album, is essentially a b-sides collection of material re-recorded with various members of The E Street Band, along with Tom

Top Ten Thursday: Masters Of Originality

With the release of Nine Inch Nail’s new album, as well as the random tracks that artists like M.I.A. and TV On The Radio have been dropping lately, we thought the topic of original artists was a good thing to focus on this week. Artist in particular that unmistakably have their own sound. Vocally, musically, production-wise; upon the first moment you hear it, you know who it is. Something that didn’t exist prior to, and something that even if attempted

Top Ten Thursday: Apocalypse NOW (Best Apocalyptic Tracks)

We all love us some Edgar Wright (and Simon Pegg and Nick Frost for that matter), so with the opening of The World’s End this weekend, we thought it appropriate to dig up the top ten apocalyptic songs.  A few words about The World’s End first though.  I am endlessly excited to see this movie, but it just has the worst title ever.  The title is not bad in and of itself.  It is descriptive.  It is succinct.  But unfortunately

LxListening: Faith & Music

This past weekend, my wife and I went to the 6th biennial Festival of Faith & Music in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and it proved to be one of the more interesting conference/festivals I’ve ever attended. Culture criticism often has an adversarial relationship with faith and faith often has an adversarial relationship with pop culture, so it was cool to be somewhere where the two were openly discussed together and how better each can be incorporated into each other. So here

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