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Spins: Paramore • This Is Why

Spins: Paramore • This Is Why

| March 2, 2023 | 0 Comments

Paramore This Is Why (Atlantic) After a nearly 6 year hiatus, Paramore is back with a vengeance, and their new album This Is Why is proof that time apart makes the musical heart grow fonder. Joining its neo-pop predecessor After Laughter in solidifying Paramore’s golden trio — Zac Farro on drums, Taylor York on guitar, and the […]

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Spins: Crosby, Stills & Nash Debut Album Reissue Box

Spins: Crosby, Stills & Nash Debut Album Reissue Box

| January 23, 2023 | 0 Comments

Crosby, Stills & Nash Crosby, Stills & Nash  LP reissue box (Mobile Fidelity/Rhino) As this pristine LP reissue of 1969’s debut release by Crosby, Stills & Nash goes to press, news has just arrived of the passing of David Crosby on January 18, 2023, at the age of 81. Crosby’s notable career spanned nearly 60 years, […]

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Spins: Mike Campbell & The Dirty Knobs •  External Combustion

Spins: Mike Campbell & The Dirty Knobs • External Combustion

| March 29, 2022

Mike Campbell and the Dirty Knobs External Combustion (BMG) Mike Campbell wrote piles of great rock ‘n’ roll and jangle-pop songs during a 40-year career as lead guitarist for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (and Mudcrutch), but waited until the untimely 2017 loss of his co-captain before releasing his own album. Campbell even sublimated his […]

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Spins: Robbie Williams •  I’ve Been Expecting You

Spins: Robbie Williams • I’ve Been Expecting You

| January 10, 2022 | 0 Comments

Robbie Williams I’ve Been Expecting You LP reissue (Island/UMC) Transcending boy band roots and released at the height of Britpop, erstwhile Take That vocalist Robbie Williams’ I’ve Been Expecting You has aged considerably well. Although Williams never quite became the household name in North America that many expected, the singer made a strong showing while […]

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Spins: The Beach Boys • Feel Flows: The Sunflower & Surf’s Up Sessions 1969-1971

Spins: The Beach Boys • Feel Flows: The Sunflower & Surf’s Up Sessions 1969-1971

| January 9, 2022 | 0 Comments

The Beach Boys Feel Flows: The Sunflower & Surf’s Up Sessions 1969-1971 (UMe/Capitol) Sunflower and Surf’s Up were the Beach Boys’ 16th and 17th studio albums, released on August 30 of 1970 and 1971, respectively. Sunflower was the Beach Boys’ first album for Reprise Records after the band left Capitol Records ensconced as the most […]

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Spins: Daryl Hall and John Oates • Live at the Troubadour

Spins: Daryl Hall and John Oates • Live at the Troubadour

| January 9, 2022 | 0 Comments

Daryl Hall and John Oates Live at the Troubadour LP (BMG)   This 3xLP set marks the vinyl debut of the top-selling pop duo’s 2008 performance at Los Angeles’ famed nightclub. In the pair’s first performance at The Troubadour in 35 years, Daryl Hall and John Oates take a special trip back to 1973 by […]

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Spins: Neil Young & Crazy Horse • Barn

Spins: Neil Young & Crazy Horse • Barn

| December 10, 2021 | 0 Comments

Neil Young & Crazy Horse Barn (Reprise) Neil Young collects his trusty, veteran Crazy Horse gang for a freewheeling album that sounds like a joyful weekend getaway among friends in the garage – or in Young’s case, the restored 19th-century barn. The ambiance is amiable, loose, and natural. The recording draws together an intuitive band […]

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Media: December 2021 • Never Forget

Media: December 2021 • Never Forget

| November 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

  At the end of every year, we like to take a moment to acknowledge the media giants in Illinois we lost during the year. This year the list includes television and radio icons, familiar faces and voices, and people behind the scenes. One of the most consequential names you might not know is former […]

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Spins: Damon Albarn • The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows

Spins: Damon Albarn • The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows

| November 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

Damon Albarn  The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows (Transgressive Records Ltd) The stark black and white boulder on the cover of Damon Albarn’s new solo album announces immediately that this will not be the Day-Glo dance party of his band Gorillaz, nor will it conjure the dandy day-in-the-English-life of his 90s Britpop […]

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Spins: The Rolling Stones • A Bigger Bang Live on Copacabana Beach

Spins: The Rolling Stones • A Bigger Bang Live on Copacabana Beach

| November 8, 2021 | 0 Comments

The Rolling Stones A Bigger Bang Live on Copacabana Beach (Eagle Vision/Mercury/Universal) Walking onto the stage before a massive Brazilian crowd stretching as far down Copacabana Beach as the eye can see, the Rolling Stones tear into a revved-up version of “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” to begin this concert filmed on February 18, 2006. The band […]

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Spins: Bob Marley and the Wailers • The Capitol Session ‘73

Spins: Bob Marley and the Wailers • The Capitol Session ‘73

| November 8, 2021 | 0 Comments

Bob Marley and the Wailers The Capitol Session ‘73 (Tuff Gong/Mercury/Universal) After October 1973 shows in San Francisco during October 1973, producer Denny Cordell brought reggae pioneers Bob Marley and the Wailers to Los Angeles for a session at the famed Capitol Studios. The results are this 12-song CD and film, released for the first […]

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Spins: Vanishing Shores • “Maps”

Spins: Vanishing Shores • “Maps”

| September 13, 2021 | 0 Comments

Vanishing Shores Maps (independent) Vanishing Shores has made a swift ascent toward their summit of song. Kevin Bianchi established a compelling sonic identity for the group with 2018’s self-titled debut EP, but he strides forward with this full-length release. Maps finds Bianchi’s artistry expanding while offering a more focused and personal portrait. Elements of Laurel Canyon […]

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Spins: Jeff + Ping • The Threefinger Opera

Spins: Jeff + Ping • The Threefinger Opera

| August 11, 2021 | 0 Comments

Jeff Elbel + Ping The Threefinger Opera (Marathon Records) A few years ago, Chicago-area musician Jeff Elbel experienced a crushed nerve ending that denied him the use of two fingers on his left hand. This is bad news for someone who not only fronts his own band, the expansive Jeff Elbel + Ping but sits […]

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Spins: George Porter Jr. and Runnin’ Pardners •  Crying for Hope

Spins: George Porter Jr. and Runnin’ Pardners • Crying for Hope

| June 7, 2021 | 0 Comments

George Porter Jr. and Runnin’ Pardners Crying for Hope (Controlled Substance Sound Labs) Bassist George Porter Jr.is widely recognized as a prime mover of funk and soul music, and an ambassador of New Orleans’ treasured musical heritage since the formation of the Meters in 1965. Crying for Hope is Porter’s first album with his crew of […]

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Spins: Colin Hay • Going Somewhere – 20th Anniversary Reissue

Spins: Colin Hay • Going Somewhere – 20th Anniversary Reissue

| June 2, 2021 | 0 Comments

Colin Hay Going Somewhere (Compass) The collapse of Men at Work was the end of stadium-level stardom for Colin Hay, but it left an open door. Hay stepped through that door and persevered through hard times to rebuild his brand as a respected guitarist, master storyteller, and unparalleled songsmith. True, Hay’s career as a New […]

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