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HAIM – Live in Nottingham (Interview)

(Pictured Above: Danielle Haim, Alana Haim, and Este Haim) When I came abroad to study in London, I figured the opportunities to see bands live would  perhaps be greater than it was back home in Champaign-Urbana, but so far the live music I’ve gotten to take in here has been insane.  A week ago, today, […]

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Broken Bells – After The Disco (Review)

Spend any time looking and you’ll see the giant pink lantern from the cover of the first Broken Bells album on the cover of the second—the other elements do little but distract from the fact that it’s basically the same image; the album contained is unfortunately summed up in approximately the same way. The second […]

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Glen Hansard – Drive All Night (Review)

Though Irish singer/songwriter Glen Hansard has been around for some time, Drive All Night is technically only his second solo effort (after 2012’s Rhythm and Repose). This four-song EP was released to raise money for Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit charity whose goal is to restore music education in public schools. The title track, a […]

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Fitz & The Tantrums (Live in Champaign)

Disconcerted with the gloomy, rainy Wednesday night at U of I, Fitz came out blazing with energy ready to put on the show everyone had been patiently waiting for. Their hit song, “Out Of My League,” from their sophomore album, More Than Just A Dream, climbed to the top of the charts in no time, leaving everyone […]

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Jimi Hendrix Experience – Miami Pop Festival (Review)

Recorded live at the Miami Pop Festival on May 18, 1968, I thought this release would be just another set of recordings that would fall through the cracks like many of the posthumous Hendrix releases have. It’s too early to say how it will be received, but I think this one has a few special […]

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Arcade Fire – Reflektor (Review)

The wait is finally over. Arcade Fire have released their fourth album, Reflektor, on Merge. The album, overall, marks a point of departure from The Suburbs. Reflektor shows that the band has embraced a more rounded musical style, and has more charged and upbeat moments packed into 85 minutes than any of their past albums. […]

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