Dirty Three Show Review

Dirty Three

September 26th, 2012

Lincoln Hall

Chicago, IL

Dirty Three, Australian experimental trio

The Dirty Three are not your traditional power trio. The Melbourne, Australia trio consisting of Warren Ellis (violin), Mick Turner (guitar), and Jim White (drums) have made distinct instrumental post-rock that contains elements of jazz, classical, and indie rock. Two/Thirds of the Dirty Three are from Nick Cave’s band, the Bad Seeds, and much of the same spirit you get with Nick Cave: manic, primal, and deeply sorrowful music. While the band has been around almost 20 years, I was just introduced to the band a week earlier by a friend with the band’s music quickly convincing me to take on the concert at Lincoln Hall this past Wednesday. What I experienced was a band and show that is truly one-of-a-kind.

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Dirty Three Show Review

Top Ten Thursday: Feelin’ Kinda Autumn

One year ago, LxL brought you our top ten albums of autumn, which we posted again this morning because we still feel it is a very strong list.  Never ones to sit on our laurels though, we thought we could tackle the best songs of autumn, which is a much more convoluted conversation.  Do we insist the song make mention to falling leaves, postseason baseball, or pumpkin patches?  Do we go by feeling?  We did exactly what we always do, which is whatever the hell we want.

Fall brings about a lot of different emotions, memories, and feelings for everyone.  For Todd, Wes, and I, autumn is probably most closely tied to our rural Indiana upbringing, where hooded sweatshirts, Friday night football games, bonfires on the peninsula, and homecoming were the most important thing in our lives for years.  Luckily our horizons have expanded, but that in no way taints the memories of humble beginnings.  We are and will always be Midwesterners at heart, and these are a few of the songs that take us back to those glorious days.  Enjoy our top ten songs of autumn, and as always remind us what we missed or errantly included.
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Top Ten Thursday: Feelin’ Kinda Autumn

Top Ten Thursday: Albums to the Tune of Autumn

Wes’ old dog Slippers running through the fallen leaves.
-R.I.P. Slippers- (1989-2001)

Yes, this is the same exact list we posted last year, but we were happy enough with it that we would like to remind everyone of our greatness.  Don’t worry though, look for a completely fresh fall-themed list this afternoon, but for now LxL would like to share what albums put us in that apple cider, leaves off trees, pumpkin picking/carving/eating, and brisk fresh air type of mood.
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Top Ten Thursday: Albums to the Tune of Autumn

G.O.O.D. Music Review Royale: Cruel Expectations

G.O.O.D. Music

Cruel Summer

Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music Cruel Summer Album Cover Art

Arguably the most anticipated release of the summer releases with one of the most unfitting times – who releases an album called Cruel Summer with four days left in summer? Kanye does, a man with clearly no regard for the seasons, and an ever-increasing ego to boot. People often get driven wild by Kanye’s egomaniacal antics and proclamations about being the greatest thing since Jesus Christ or sliced bread, but what goes wrong with Kanye’s G.O.O.D. music  compilation album, Cruel Summer, is Ye passing his ego onto his friends and believing if they hang with him, they must be great enough to stunt as well. What results is an album as inconsistent as the rappers Kanye has accrued.
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G.O.O.D. Music Review Royale: Cruel Expectations

Tame Impala Review: Lonerism

Tame Impala
Lonerism

tame impala lonerism cover art, album cover, new album

Tame Impala’s debut album Innerspeaker was easily one of the most underrated albums of 2010. Not that it didn’t receive high praise, because it did, it just didn’t receive enough of it. Two years after its release, and week before its sophomore follow up, it is still being discovered by many and loved by all that hear it. The follow-up Lonerism hits the physical shelves next week, and I’ll be damned if the band didn’t pick up right where they left off. Without seeming to really skip a beat, Tame Impala continues to float us on down the wavy psychedelic-pop river that their music seems to create for its listener. With his main source of inspiration for this particular album being Todd Rundgren’s 1973 effort A Wizard, a True Star, lead man Kevin Parker finds ways to mellow out a bit more with Lonerism, but without losing his edge.
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Tame Impala Review: Lonerism

The 2012 Emmy’s: Listen to Us Rip on Another Award Show

To be honest, I was thinking about writing about the new Mumford & Sons album, Babel, for today.  After the first few songs, I wasn’t in the mood to listen to any more manufactured build-and-release folk music anymore.  They are not all bad, but I’m not sure if I fairly review it in my current mood.

So instead, I’m gonna go ahead and talk about the 2012 Emmy Awards a little bit.  I really feel right now is the golden age of television.  Networks keep on rolling out high-concept programming, particularly on the drama side of things, that I can’t even imagine airing twenty years ago.  HBO started the charge with their 2000’s holy triumvirate of The Sopranos, The Wire, and Six Feet Under.  But now, everyone from FX to AMC, and even a few of the major four networks, are releasing interesting (if not always successful) programming.

So without further ado, here is what the 2012 Emmy Awards got right and epically wrong.
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The 2012 Emmy’s: Listen to Us Rip on Another Award Show

David Byrne & St. Vincent: Burning Down the House

David Byrne & St. Vincent

September 18th, 2012

Chicago Theatre

Chicago, IL

David Byrne and St. Vincent live at Chicago Theatre show review

It’s pretty much a foregone conclusion: supergroups and high-profile collaborations rarely live up to their billing…on record. On stage, there is nothing more electrifying than seeing your favorite artists join forces on stage for an overwhelming level of talent. Whether it was Oysterhead, Monsters of Folk, or Kanye and Jay-Z, every high-profile collaboration I have seen has left me knocked out on the floor wanting more.
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David Byrne & St. Vincent: Burning Down the House