Videos

Videos

Negative Space

Otem Rellik

Negative Spaces

Brandon Backhaus | December 20, 2016
The Walking Tree - Here Again There Again

The Walking Tree

Here Again There Again

Joel Frieders | December 19, 2016
Koresma - Sun Begins to Pour (feat. Alaska Reid)

Koresma

Sun Begins to Pour ft. Alaska Reid

Joel Frieders | December 15, 2016
Warpaint - New Song (Youtube Version)

Warpaint

New Song

Joel Frieders | December 13, 2016

Album Reviews

madaila, traces, indie music, album review, psych, pop

Madaila

Traces
9 out of 10
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busman's holiday - popular cycles

Busman's Holiday

Popular Cycles
9 out of 10
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warpaint, heads up

Warpaint

Heads Up
9 out of 10
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Articles

Why - This Ole King
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One Song: Why - This Ole King

Brandon Backhaus | January 5, 2017
You only get one life.  And it might take the whole damn thing to come to terms with it. Admitting your faults and fears and insecurities is really fucking hard.  I find the balance between striving for betterment and feeling content to be a high wire walk over the churning insides of a violent cauldron. Leaning too far in either direction leads to the disarray of complete depression. It’s something that can leave you feeling not good enough, attractive enough, kind enough, competent enough, worthy enough. Enough.  You only get one life.  And I really want to live it.  Fuck New Year’s Resolutions! But if I was going to set a goal for the future, it would be to become more comfortable in my own hair-covered skin. To look in the mirror and see all that I’ve accomplished instead of all that...
Oddisee - Things
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One Song: Oddisee - Things

Brandon Backhaus | January 5, 2017
Next sunny day, as the winter blanket of clouds and cold offers a respite, as the bitter and hopeless glances at checking account balances fade to paydays, as the shit show of 2016 gives way to a new year full of stout resolutions and hopeful commitments, hop in whatever vehicle you have acquired in your life as your main form of transportation. Maybe the windows are down and you get your teenage girl on. Maybe headphones are atop your head as you hop on your bike and channel a Goonie or two. Maybe you put on some New Balance, jog out the door and get in touch with your inner Forrest Gump.  Whatever the means, however you listen, when you press play make sure that the track that comes streaming into the holes on the side of your head vibrating tiny bones and causing sound to enter your...
Twin Peaks, Metro, Chicago, 12.17.16, No Words, Photos
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Twin Peaks - Metro | Chicago | 12.17.16

Tif Impson | December 27, 2016
Favorite Albums - 2016
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Favorite Albums - 2016

Staff | December 15, 2016
Ugh. I can't tell you how many times I rolled my eyes at the plethora of lists by the big publications/blogs. I can't stand them. Fuck them in the fucking face.  Why do I hate them? It's not because of the albums they chose......I don't get my grundle in a bundle over that shit. It's because of the major 'best of lists' out there, the same 5 or 6 fucking albums make everybody's top ten. You know those albums: Frank Ocean, Chance The Rapper, David Bowie, Radiohead, Kanye West, blah, blah, blah.  Many of these publications represent a group of people circle jerking to their own confirmation bias in the middle of their condescending bubble.  C'mon. How about a little diversity?  That said below are our FAVORITE albums. (Not BEST albums because that's the term those self-important assholes...
Favorite Songs - 2016
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Favorite Songs - 2016

Staff | December 13, 2016
As American's we are too easily distracted.  If we focus on petty shit like Trump meeting with Kanye then we won't be as outraged when Trump tries to trade the Northwest states to Russia in exchange for ornate furniture and mail order brides for his cabinet members.  So relaxxxxxxx and focus and let's put these year-end lists in context: This exercise is pointless, we all forget the lists a second after we bitch about them.  All the while we overlook that the Russians hacked Del, and that's why his list is awful. Tom's favorite songs of 2016 10. Glass Animals - Cane Shuga: I honestly don't know why I love this song so much. I mean,  it sounds like a bunch of Aliens prodding your body. But goddamn the shit grooves. 9. Kevin Morby - Destroyer: Dark. Pretty. Creepy. Unique. These are all...
The John Daversa Progressive Big Band
Concert Review

The John Daversa Big Band - Catalina Jazz Club, Hollywood, Ca.

Brandon Backhaus | December 12, 2016
I never really liked the Beatles: Maybe it was coming from a family that chose the wrong side of the cultural revolution? Maybe it was my anti-pop, anti-corporate bboy stance, a result of being raised by that same family and a well-developed commitment to anything my pubescent mind considered “establishment”? And by that time the Beatles, in all their hallowed glory and holiday boxed CD sets represented nothing more than that to me.  I for sure don’t know shit about the intricacies of jazz:  I am not a student of music. I wish someone had grabbed me by the ears, like the nuns did in Catholic school, for something other than petty theft or not tucking my shirt in, and made me do it. Also, I was lazy and prone to cutting corners. I still tend to gravitate toward the path of least resistance...
The Jezabels, Double Door, Chicago, live music, concerts, photos, no words
No Words

The Jezabels - Double Door | Chicago | 11.23.16

Tif Impson | November 30, 2016
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Tif Impson | November 22, 2016
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Joel Frieders | November 22, 2016
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Joel Frieders | November 21, 2016
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Tif Impson | November 17, 2016
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Joel Frieders | November 16, 2016
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Joel Frieders | November 16, 2016
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Joel Frieders | November 14, 2016
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Joel Frieders | November 11, 2016
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Tif Impson | November 9, 2016
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Tif Impson | November 8, 2016
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Joel Frieders | November 1, 2016
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Tif Impson | October 31, 2016
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Tif Impson | October 26, 2016
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Joel Frieders | October 26, 2016