April 11, 2013 |
Chicago rapper St. Millie isn't shy about revealing his innermost thoughts to both friends and journalists alike. "This is my first big interview, by the way," he admitted in a recent phone interview, "So I'm a little nervous. " Born Milton McKinney III 21 years ago, the rapper is similarly unguarded on his debut mixtape, "No Religion but Up," a soulful effort packed with songs that touch on everything from Chicago gun violence ("Hello") to his mother's struggles with drug addiction ("Dear Moms")
April 9, 2013 |
*** (out of four) On 2009's “Brand New Eyes,” Paramore singer Hayley Williams couldn't believe the Tennessee outfit was still a band. On the record, which had its moments but often failed to excite like breakout predecessor “Riot!,” Williams sang about what it takes to stay together and the perspective that comes from being a hugely popular group. Two of Paramore's founding members since have departed, and the band now soldiers on as a trio for their self-titled new album, an effort to start fresh and do things the way Paramore 2.0 sees fit. Williams still...
April 8, 2013 |
**1/2 (out of four) In his self-titled 2011 debut album, James Blake was already beginning to pivot away from the purely electronic production that first got him noticed. A show-stopping cover of Joni Mitchell's “A Case Of You” and a collaboration with fellow sentimentalist Bon Iver released later in 2011 made it clearest where he was headed. These days, Blake's production is crisper, more exciting and more widely celebrated than ever - Kanye and Drake are both fans - but his approach on his sophomore effort, “Overgrown,” is as much that of a...
February 27, 2013 |
**1/2 (out of four) The French dance music scene that gave us Daft Punk, Justice and the late DJ Mehdi has also produced a lot of lesser names that weren't worth your time and effort. For a long time, producer/DJ Kavinsky was one of them. He released the usual scattered remixes--mostly music to buy chinos to. That changed with his song "Nightcall," whose inclusion in the opening credits of the Ryan Gosling film "Drive" rocketed Kavinsky back into popular conversation. On the heels of that success, he releases "Outrun," his first full-length album...
February 27, 2013 |
This just in from Canada: The Vancouver Canucks held an online contest to pick the song the team skates out to before the game (Japandroids beat out Nickelback). C'mon, we all know Chicago never takes a backset to Vancouver. These blood-pumping tunes are guaranteed to get Chicago crowds amped from the start. . Cubs "Riding The Storm Out," REO Speedwagon I almost suggested "L's Anthem" by Lil' Durk, honestly, both for local ties and the fact the Cubs see a lot of "L"s over the course of the season.
February 4, 2013 |
*** (out of 4) Fall Out Boy has a new single, as you might have heard. The band announced both an album ("Save Rock and Roll") and a reunion Monday by making sure to point out that this is NOT a reunion because "we never broke up," as they say on their website. So yeah, just for the record. Like many FOB songs, it's weighed down by a terrible, wordy title "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up). " It opens with a blippy, Ke$ha-esque sample, a soaring background "WHOOOO--OOOOOAAAAAHHH" and some thumping...