February 12, 2013 |
As most people who watched the Grammys already know, Sunday's ceremony in L.A. was awesome. Moments such as Justin Timberlake's return to the stage, the star-studded Bob Marley tribute and Fun.'s indoor rainstorm made the night unforgettable. This is my first year as a member of the Chicago chapter of The Recording Academy (that's the fancy name for the organization that votes on the Grammys), and now that I've been involved with the process I appreciate it so much more as a musician and as a music lover.
October 8, 2012 |
**1/2 (out of four) Hopefully you like Ellie Goulding. In the coming months you're likely going to see a lot of commercials that use music from her new album “Halcyon.” Goulding makes music that scans as “cool” in a generic way: slightly moody synth-pop with nods to trends in electronic music. She falls in an odd middle ground as a sort-of pop star with artsy “indie” vibes, in the same vein as Lana Del Rey or Florence + the Machine (both of whom Goulding also resembles musically)
August 21, 2012 |
*** (out of 4) You go to Trey Songz when you need an R&B hook for your rap song, which makes him the target for those complaints about the music on the radio being too commercial. At a time when R. Kelly shores up his fan base with throwback albums, Usher takes his musical cues from Ibiza and Chris Brown persists in being an irreconcilable d-bag, Trey Songz represents modern R&B's de facto leading man. He's generic, but in a reassuring way. What gets lost in the whirling vortex of R&B discussion that surrounds Mr. Songz while rarely including...
May 23, 2012 |
Thousands, if not millions, have been sneaking to Google today to play "Iron Man" or "Smoke on the Water" on the replica synthesizer, but for one Chicago man and his family, the doodle represents much more than a cool feature. Matt Moog - whose dad, Bob Moog, invented a synthesizer that revolutionized electronic music - said the doodle honoring what would be his father's 78th birthday brings Moog's legacy to the masses. "My dad received a tremendous amount of press and attention over the years," said Moog, 42, of Lincoln Park.
April 17, 2012 |
True to tradition, North Coast Music Festival announced a partial lineup of headliners for the third annual fest-- Aug. 31-Sept. 2 at Union Park --just after midnight on Monday evening, along with a Groupon deal for discounted fest passes . Within about 30 minutes, the limited $62 passes were sold out. Topping the headliners list is Chicago-area native Pretty Lights , who has sold out many shows at Congress Theatre (and...
February 23, 2012 |
Skrillex, Afrojack and Moby are among the headliners for the Spring Awakening Festival , a new electronic dance music fest at Soldier Field to kick off the summer, June 16-17, as announced today via a Groupon deal. The @SpringAwakeFest official Twitter account tweeted a link to the deal just before midnight for $74 for a $114 (includes fees) two-day festival pass. By mid-day Thursday, the deal was sold out with more than 240 tickets bought. Sound familiar? It's not deja vu--the second annual North Coast Music Festival...