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Unicycle Loves You

Unicycle Loves You

The Midwest, particularly Illinois, has a reputation for being home to musicians who make powerfully pop-filled music. Rockford, IL, for example, is known to be the birthing ground of one Cheap Trick, a quartet who fused together a keen, Beatles-esque sense of melody with enough raw wattage to power Soldier Field on classic albums such […]

Human Lanterns

Human Lanterns

Human Lanterns is one of those films that has a small and scattered number of minor accomplishments here and there, but none of which lend themselves to making the film itself good. It’s what many film snobs and even regular people call a “mess.” It’s from Shaw Brothers, so you can expect a good amount […]

Wilco

Wilco

It was a sweltering August night and everyone was moving a little slower through the thick heat. As the crowd slowly trudged into the venue you could hear music beginning to play. This was a first for me, I rarely attend a show that starts on time let alone starts early. As we approached the […]

The Fiery Furnaces

The Fiery Furnaces

Studies have shown that women talk almost three times as much as men, with the average female amassing approximately 20,000 words per day – nearly 13,000 more than the average male. Dr. Luan Brizendine, in her book The Female Mind, also found that women speak more quickly, devote more brainpower to chit-chat, and actually get […]

Delicious Vinyl All-Stars

Delicious Vinyl All-Stars

The very title of this CD gives you some indication of how old these tracks are. Yes, boys and girls, these are rap tunes from way back in the vinyl days. This was long before rappers learned to build their audience by selling compilation CDs out of the trunks of their cars. But more important […]

Summer Darling

Summer Darling

The obvious theme of Good Feeling, Summer Darling’s second of three EPs to be released this year, is a young man’s conflict with ‘the church.’ And not ‘the church’ like Catholic church or jumping-up-and-down-in-the-aisle church. We’re talking ‘the church’ like the kind where the pastor wears jeans and the song lyrics are on Powerpoint. Think […]

The Twilight Sad

The Twilight Sad

A young boy wearing a mask is holding a pillow over a sleeping woman’s face. Is this his mother? Is he playing a game? Is he trying to smother her? This ’50s style drawing is the cover of The Twilight Sad’s new album, Here, It Never Snowed. Afterwards It Did. Andy MacFarlane, the band’s guitarist, […]

Try Me Bicycle

Try Me Bicycle

Have you ever encountered a moment in life when everything you were worrying about and focused on just stopped mattering, providing a brief moment of clarity — an honest look at the entirety of your time on earth and how good or bad or both it has been? Perhaps you don’t want to admit it […]

Brothers and Sisters

Brothers and Sisters

Brothers and Sisters is numerically inaccurate. The Austin, Tex. band is actually one brother and sister plus five of their friends (which makes for seven members). The band’s eponymous siblings, Will and Lily Courtney, are the children a Baptist preacher and a long-lost Gospel singer. However, their evangelistic roots rarely surface on their second album, […]

Mystikos Quintet

Mystikos Quintet

The Mystikos Quintet’s latest disc, Club. Dub. A Go Go., is a deceptive experience. So deceptive, in fact, that you may not be aware of the complexity behind their music until you’ve let it seep into your brain after four or five listens. Then, and perhaps only then, will the layers of sound reveal themselves. […]