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Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats | s/t (Stax)

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Written by Brian Kenney Sunday, 30 August 2015 14:28

Rateliff sqThis disc bellies up to the bar, hits the bottle hard and never lets up until long after last call.

 

Allen Stone | Radius (Capitol)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 28 August 2015 17:39

cd allen stoneNo disrespect to the legend, but Stone’s songs could stand alongside some of Stevie Wonder’s best.

   

ZZ Ward | Love and War (Hollywood)

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Written by Ashley White Friday, 28 August 2015 14:13

cd zz-wardTwo inferences can be made here: She has to work so hard either because she has yet to marry, or because she didn’t marry well—you be the judge.

 

Big Muddy Blues Festival | 09.05-06.15

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Written by Marsha Buehler Friday, 28 August 2015 13:55

prev big-muddy-75The funky blues style of Rick Estrin & the Night Cats, complete with harmonica and sensational musicianship, brings them to center stage.

   

Bumbershoot | 2015 Preview

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Written by Tony Van Zeyl Friday, 28 August 2015 13:11

bumbershootFor us, it’s never about the “main stage” or the names of any specific acts: It’s about the overall experience.

 

Modest Mouse | 09.02.15

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Written by Alexy Irving Thursday, 27 August 2015 22:08

Modest Mouse 75The age range of the fans at this show will be the widest you’ve ever seen.

   

Motorhead/Saxon | 09.08.15

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Written by Marc Farr Thursday, 27 August 2015 21:51

Motorhead 75There is very little this band has not accomplished during their 40-year career, and they show no signs of slowing down.

 

Avatar | 08.31.15

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Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 26 August 2015 22:12

avatar copyVocalist Johannes Eckerstrom dons twisted clown makeup á la The Joker, and his belts and screams pierce the listener.

   

Caustic Casanova | Breaks (Retro Futurist)

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Written by Marcus Mercer Friday, 21 August 2015 20:51

causticcasanova breaks_75It’s amazing to hear a band that can manage to pack all of these different influences within just a single album, and in an original manner.

 

The Glitch Mob | 09.03.15

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Written by Marc Farr Thursday, 20 August 2015 17:17

THE GLITCH_MOB_75A ton of lights and a thundering sound make for one hell of a visual and sonic experience.

   

Deftones and Incubus | Keeping It Fresh

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Written by Willie Smith Thursday, 20 August 2015 16:36

Deftones-Incubus 75Rather than ride the tides, Deftones shifted the floors of the ocean that made them.

 

An Interview with Mike Zito

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Written by Marsha Buehler Sunday, 16 August 2015 22:15

Mike Zito 75My heart is to follow my own music that I have been doing for so long.

   

Def Leppard with special guests Styx and Tesla

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Written by Marc Farr Sunday, 16 August 2015 16:48

defleppard 75Nothing has ever stopped this band.

 

The Bird and the Bee | Recreational Love (Rostrum)

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Written by Jim Ousley Tuesday, 11 August 2015 22:40

bird-and-bee 75It’s the songwriting and execution of the material here that makes it a sweet set of summertime jams.

   

An Interview with Fea

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Written by DL Hegel Tuesday, 11 August 2015 19:27

fea 75"We became a riot girl band. That is our sound."

 

Simon and Garfunkel | The Complete Columbia Albums Collection (Sony BMG Legacy)

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Written by Marc Farr Sunday, 09 August 2015 12:41

Simon-and-Garfunkel 75Beautifully packaged with a chimerical sound, fans will feast on this set.

   

Myrkur | M (Relapse)

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Written by Marcus Mercer Sunday, 09 August 2015 12:04

myrkur 75M has the classic formula and understands its roots, but builds off that in an original and awe-inspiring way.

 

Highly Suspect | Just in Time

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Written by Willie Smith Thursday, 06 August 2015 13:07

live tame-impala"I think all of us in the room that night are gonna make a special memory. Without a doubt."

   

Man Overboard | Heavy Love (Rise)

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Written by Emily Van de Riet Tuesday, 04 August 2015 09:40

Man-Overboard-heavy-Love 75Every song on the album is well-written, and really gives the notion that the band members write from the heart.

 

Whitesnake: The Purple Tour | 08.16.15

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Written by Marc Farr Monday, 03 August 2015 21:32

whitesnake 75Almost 25 years after the explosive self-titled album, the band is back and playing The Family Arena in St. Charles on August 16th, 2015.

   

Bleachers & Charli XCX Do America | 08.09.15

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Written by Marc Farr Sunday, 02 August 2015 23:44

qh_kensrueCatch Charli XCX and Bleachers at The Pageant on August 9, and see the true pop tour of the summer.

 

 

A Conversation With Dustin Kensrue

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Written by Willie Smith Sunday, 02 August 2015 23:02

qh_kensrue"Life is going well. Crazy at times, hard at times, but I have much to be grateful for."

 

   

Van Halen | Together Again at Last

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Written by Marc Farr Thursday, 23 July 2015 10:39

prev van-halenEddie Van Halen’s epic guitar playing is always the star of the show.

 

Teen Daze | Morning World (Paper Bag)

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Written by Emily Van de Riet Wednesday, 22 July 2015 21:23

teendaze 75There is just something that’s missing from the music. I’m left wanting more passion.

   

Set It Off | Duality: Stories Unplugged (Equal Vision)

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Written by Emily Van de Riet Tuesday, 21 July 2015 19:48

SET-IT-OFF 75It’s obvious that the band members put as much passion into their acoustic songs as their traditional songs.

 

Wednesday 13 | 07.24.15

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Written by Marc Farr Monday, 20 July 2015 11:31

live tame-impalaCome out and plague with a new generation of shock-rock.

   

The Tallest Man on Earth | 07.29.15

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Written by Michael Koehler Monday, 20 July 2015 11:18

live tame-impalaHis songs are passionate, soulful, sometimes whimsical and fun, and other times heartwrenching.

 

Hunter Hunted | Crafting Happiness

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Written by Laura Hamlett Monday, 20 July 2015 10:54

prof hunter-hunted_smThere’s nothing like going on stage and seeing a sea of faces slowly start to grin and smile as they soak in your music and give you their nod of approval.

   

Ancient Warfare | The Pale Horse (Alias)

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Written by Marc Farr Saturday, 18 July 2015 23:44

ancient-warfare 75The album is a highly-charged collection of dark tracks, full of sincerity and raw feelings.

 

311 | 25th Anniversary ARCHIVE Box Set (Legacy)

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Written by Adam Robinson Friday, 17 July 2015 22:40

311 75This is a definitive box set and a must-have item for any 311 fan.

   

Fifth Harmony | 07.23.15

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Written by Samantha LaBat Tuesday, 14 July 2015 22:35

live tame-impalaUnlike many young artists today, the girls of Fifth Harmony are using their music to serve as excellent role models.

 

Beautiful Bodies | Battles (Epitaph)

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Written by Emily Van de Riet Sunday, 12 July 2015 22:04

Beautiful-Bodies 75The band has said its music comes down to one thing: energy.

   

Miguel | Wildheart (Bystorm Entertainment/RCA)

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Written by Ashley White Friday, 10 July 2015 13:27

miguel 75They say third times a charm, and well, that seems to hold true for Miguel.

 

Where in the World Is Beth Bombara?

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Written by Willie Edward Smith Thursday, 25 June 2015 18:04

prof bombara_75Playing somewhere by Cincinnati, on the border of Kentucky on the river, with any one of the Deal sisters would be amazing.

   

Sloan Preview | 06.25.15

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Written by Jason Green Monday, 22 June 2015 12:50

It’s not hyperbole to say that not since the Beatles has band democracy ever sounded so good.

 

 

Hilary Duff | Breathe in. Breathe out. (RCA)

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Written by Samantha LaBat Sunday, 21 June 2015 16:59

cd Hillary-DuffThis has been a long time coming; she’s obviously worked very hard on it for years.

   

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