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Charles Bradley Q&A

15 Apr

Charles Bradley Interview

Little by Listen: I saw you this summer at Millennium Park in Chicago, and I found your show to be really inspiring and also just really fun.  It was a free show, and a friend of mine and I always talk about how artists sometimes mail it in at these free shows where it isn’t all just your fans, but you did the complete opposite of that. What motivates you to pour every ounce of energy you have on stage?
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Cannibal Ox Releases New Material!!!

8 Apr

Cannibal Ox

For the first time since 2001’s The Cold Vein, rap duo Cannibal Ox has released new music.  This is beyond exciting for a number of reasons.  The simplest reason lies in the fact that all three tracks on their new single, Gotham, are very very solid.  I haven’t hear one couplet from MC’s Vast Aire or Vordul Mega since their epic early-aughts debut, but it doesn’t appear either one has lost a step with their delivery or ample lyrical prowess.
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Festivals: Where Are You Going?

5 Mar


As more and more festivals announce their line-ups, I find myself wondering what is going on with the festival circuit.  To be frank, I’m a little bit worried.  As a disclaimer, I don’t go to as many festivals as Wes and Todd do, but I do monitor the trends on what is going on with the line-ups and I have a bone to pick with all of them individually, and more importantly collectively.
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What’s So Great About Beck’s Song Reader?

4 Mar

Three Best Things about Beck's Song Reader

I have to admit, when Beck announced his Song Reader album, I was undoubtedly disappointed. It felt like a bit of a copout, making an album you don’t play yourself and ask other people to make. It just feels incredibly lazy. But once you really think about what all a decision like this entails, it becomes much more interesting.  So here are three reasons this is a brilliant idea.
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Bonnaroo 2013 Lineup Announcement

19 Feb

Bonnaroo 2013 Lineup, new, lineup

The time has come for our favorite festival announcement of the year. If you’ve been following us for a while, I’m sure you’ve heard us gush over the glories of the Bonnaroo music festival on more than one occasion. If you are new to LxL and continue to follow us, I promise this won’t be the last you hear of it either. Today the full lineup was finally released. Rumors of Paul McCartney and and Wu-Tang Clan came true, while others such as Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, and Yeah Yeah Yeah’s fell short. One thing that I have found with music festivals is that each year the immediate reaction to an actual lineup announcement seems to be increasingly less exciting than the anticipation and wonderment of who will be there. Not that I am not excited about this year’s lineup, because I am, but I think that everyone’s expectations always seem greater than what they should be. This is mostly due to rumor-mills, fake posters, and people’s assumptions based on who is touring at the time, who is coming out with and album this summer, or who recently had just toured. All that to say, there certainly exists some major disappointments such as the lack of Jack White (again), no Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and no sight of Thom Yorke’s new collaboration Atoms for Peace.

Regardless, here we have it. A mix’n’match of hot new indie artists, some interesting solo/duo combinations, a few rarities, and some classic big guns. Let’s break this lineup down in a Bonnaroo 2013 pre-cap:
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