The Avett Brothers Show Review

The Avett Brothers with Justin Townes Earle

September 28th, 2012

Charter One Pavilion

Chicago, IL

The Avett Brothers and Justin Townes Earle live show review

A handful of friends including fellow LxLer Todd came into town for the weekend, and what better way to start the weekend than catching two quality folk acts under the city lights on Lake Michigan. It was my first trip to Charter One Pavilion, the make-shift venue thrown up in the summer on Northerly Island, the attached peninsula on the lake front where Adler Planetarium lies, and it was a great one. This was quite a venue for a folk legacy like Justin Townes Earle and a folk band in Avett Brothers that has only grown more confident and comfortable on stage in the recent years.
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Passion Pit Review: Gossamer

Passion Pit
Gossamer
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I still remember the last few months of my college career like it was yesterday. Lots of friends, lots of “last times”, a lot of avoiding school work, too much of fun, a shit-ton of dancing, and a copious amount of drinking. Somewhere in the mix Passion Pits little EP found its way into my routine. Mostly correlated with the drinking/dancing. Chunk of Change was a pretty overly intense amount of fun to pack into 6 songs, but it really did the trick and made its mark. It also built expectations extremely high for Passion Pit’s first LP, which Manners did not live up too in many ways. Between the disappointment of Manners and the hideous excuse for a live performance I witnessed at Coachella 2 years ago, I was certainly expecting to be able to simply write this new album off the moment I hit play. Much to my dismay (I was really rather hoping to rip this album for some reason) I’ve seemed to have gotten a bit “carried away” by this album … very unexpectedly.
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Best Coast Review: The Only Place

Best Coast
The Only Place

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Remember back in the late 50’s/60’s when life was simple? Just grabbin’ a burger at the stand by the beach, then paddling out in to the chilly blue water on your long board while the warming sun beats down on your shoulders and shimmers off the water. Then you catch that tubular wave into the sandy beach, grab your babe by the hip, hop in the ‘vette, and blast some Beach Boys on your way to catch a flick at the nearest drive-in … yea, I don’t remember that either. Instead I was born in 1986 in the state of Indiana. However, every once in a while I felt like I can relate to the feeling of the beach lifestyle via the music I am listening too. Beach Boys for example, Dick Dale, Jan and Dean, and for a post-1960’s example, Best Coast … ‘s first album.
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Beach Boys Review Royale: The Smile Sessions

The Beach Boys

The SMiLE Sessions

Smile Sessions Box Set

It has been known as “The Holy Grail of Rock ‘n’ Roll” or the “Most famous album never released”. In 1966 and 1967, at the same time as The Beatles were concocting their  career staple Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beach Boys were constructing their own magnum opus known as SMiLE, meant as an ambitious follow up to their first masterpiece, Pet Sounds. But the project was rumored to be scrapped near the final stages due to dissension among the band about the project as well as Beach Boys front man and producer Brian Wilson dissolving due to heavy drug use and mental disorders.  Many tracks meant for SMiLE including staple Beach Boys songs “Good Vibrations”, “Heroes and Villains”, and “Surf’s Up” ended up landing on subsequent albums, but the album was never released as intended. Also, several of the missing tracks on SMiLE got released in the 1993 Good Vibrations box set but not released in album format or in complete.

The Beach Boys SMiLE
SMiLE, the mighty chalice of rock history

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Top Ten Thursday: Wedding Reception Favoritas

So, I have been traveling the past three weekends to various weddings in St. Louis and Omaha, and thought that after all the weddings I have been to this season, that we could do a list of top wedding songs. Now, you may question lack of slow songs on this list. That is because weddings are for party-dance, and if you are not the one getting married, emotions should be left in the dust.

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Feist Review: Metals

Feist

Metals

Metals
Today we are gifted with a new release from female singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/Canadian Leslie Feist, or better know as simply, Feist. Unlike most “hosers” from Canada – eh, Feist has a warmly beautiful face, a chillingly passionate voice, and a soul. (No offense to our massive Canadian fan base) She also creepily looks like my friend Ashley:
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St. Vincent Review: Strange Mercy

St. Vincent

Strange Mercy

Judging on looks alone, Annie Clark looks about as fierce as a mouse. Clark, who goes by the musical moniker St. Vincent, is short in stature, with cute, modest features, and the sort of sweet curly black hair that brings to mind a more innocent time. But as clichéd as it is, appearances can be deceiving, which couldn’t be more of the case when it comes to Ms. Clark.
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