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Posted January 31, 2018in The Sound


The Jewish reggae rapper returns Matisyahu looks different today than he did when fans were first introduced to him. The singer broke through in 2005 with the live version of his uplifting, beatboxing, reggae-infused song “King Without A Crown” (from the album “Live at Stubb’s”) and instantly stood out. Of

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Posted January 03, 2018in The Sound

The Wailers

Bob Marley’s legacy lives on It has been 36 years since Bob Marley passed away, but his band The Wailers is still going strong. In fact, it was Marley’s dying request that the band keep the music alive. The lineup today looks a little different than it did since Bob

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Posted December 06, 2017in The Sound


Still saving souls In 1995, an Alaskan named Jewel Kilcher released her debut album “Pieces of You.” The songs “Who Will Save Your Soul” and “You Were Meant for Me” helped the album reach multi-platinum status, and Jewel became a poster child of 1990s music. “It took me two years

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Posted October 19, 2017in The Sound

David Crosby

Deja Vu all over again Over the last four years, David Crosby has released three solo albums. The latest of which, “Sky Trails,” came out in September. Nash wasn’t hesitant to attribute that productivity to the end of a longstanding supergroup. “I got out of Crosby, Stills & Nash,” Crosby

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Posted October 04, 2017in The Sound

Har Mar Superstar gets personal

“Personal Boy,” the titular song on Har Mar Superstar’s new EP is epic. Like eight-minutes-long epic. It’s like a mini “Lemonade” by a chubby white boy from Minneapolis, though Beyonce wasn’t who Har Mar had in mind while creating the song with Lazerbeak of Doomtree and BJ Burton. “I didn’t

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Posted September 06, 2017in The Sound

Listen to the clown

Slipknot unleashes new concert film For the last three months, M. Shawn Crahan, better known as Clown from Slipknot, has been living on a houseboat with his family. When you’re a Grammy-winning percussionist for one of the biggest metal bands in the world, where do you park that boat? Lake

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Posted August 02, 2017in The Sound

Get spoiled by Foxygen at Hinterland

Ryan Adams, alt-J, Gary Clark Jr., The Head and the Heart, Dwight Yoakam and others will descend on St. Charles this month for the third annual Hinterland Music Festival. Among the lineup is Foxygen, a California psychedelic duo that is a mainstay of festivals, even though member Sam France doesn’t

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Posted July 05, 2017in The Sound

The secure attachment of Matthew Sweet

For fans of iconic alt rock singer-songwriter Matthew Sweet, it’s been a long wait for new original music since his 2011 album “Modern Art.” During that time, he moved back to his home state of Nebraska and dealt with the loss of his mother. Last month, Sweet released his 12th

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Posted June 01, 2017in The Sound

Avenged Sevenfold brings astrophysics to a Metallica show

Avenged Sevenfold is a big band, but when a band like Metallica comes knocking, it’s easy to see why they would take an opening gig slot. The California metal band will perform with Volbeat June 9 when the “Hardwired… to Self Destruct” tour stops at the Iowa Speedway in Newton.

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Posted May 03, 2017in The Sound

The dream of the 90’s is alive in Everclear

Take a deep breath, calm down, and accept that the music from when you were in high school is now essentially oldies. For five years, mid-to-late-’90s upstarts Everclear hosted an annual Summerland Tour, featuring acts like the Gin Blossoms, Sugar Ray, Live and Toadies. In 2017 Everclear is taking a

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