Fans of heavy music, rejoice! For many reasons; the glory of the shredding solo, the thunder of the drums, the mosh pits. But right now, rejoice for the coming of Between the Buried and Me and Animals as Leaders to the Castle Theatre in Bloomington this August, with The Contortionist opening.
Summer Camp released the third and final round of artists playing the festival this afternoon, and I have to say it looks to be the best year in a while. After the initial excitement of the big name acts, I was hoping there would be a solid base of smaller groups, particularly bands that are new to Summer Camp; the lineup does not disappoint.
It's Friday everybody, and that means we're all talking about what we're doing this weekend. I don't know about you, but I know what I'm doing tomorrow: seeing one of Chicago's premier musical groups at the Canopy Club: the illustrious Old Shoe.
This time of year can be a bit bleak and dreary, with darkness falling far too early and the cold sticking around far too long. Music tends to be the one thing to break the icy grip of winter on middle America, and I recently discovered an album on my computer that is the perfect cure for frozen woes: The Snow Goose by the prog-rock group Camel.
I try to generally listen to unique music. Stuff that's under the radar, stuff you really have to do some digging to truly appreciate. I find it generally to be a rewarding experience (at the risk of sounding pretentious). However, even the casual music fan will acknowledge that truly original, unique music is exceedingly rare in this age of auto-tune pop nightmares.