A few years ago, a close friend of mine told me to check out a certain album. I recently rediscovered it on my computer, and let me just say this: very few albums today truly capture the feel of a previous generation. The second studio effort by Scottish trio The Aliens, however, pays great homage to its shimmering psychedelic influences.
Kicking off the weekend here in Charleston is a group from just up the road at the University of Illinois: Sun Stereo. I unfortunately will be stuck at work until two in the morning, but if you're free tonight, you should check it out.
Last Saturday I went up to Chicago for a sold-out Umphrey's McGee show at the Riviera. It was insane.
Somehow (seemingly impossibly soon), Valentine's Day is right around the corner. This is a magical time of year where soulful guitars and fat bass fall in love with splashy keyboards and rampaging drums to refresh the atmosphere and break winter's icy grip on our hearts. To that end, I hope that I see all you happy couples at Snow Shoe in Chicago next weekend on the 15th.
Last night I got a new album to listen to: The Migration by virtuoso instrumentalists Scale the Summit. This is melodic metal music at its finest without any gargled screaming (not that I mind the occasional scream, but it gets in the way of a lot of really good metal).
Like many residents of central Illinois over the past week, I was basically stuck in my apartment for about 4 days. I listened to a ton of music over that time period, and I just thought I would share some of my favorites.
1. Colonel Claypool's Bucket of Bernie Brains--The Big Eyeball in the Sky
Two thumbs way up for what was a pretty heavy show this past weekend in Milwaukee. The Riverside had its foundations shaken as Umphrey's McGee ended their three-night run with a mind-melting blowout on Saturday night.
So I recently decided to go see Umphrey's McGee (my favorite band) in Denver for New Year's Eve. I started going through all the Umphrey's I have on my computer (quite a bit) and found a few highlights that I felt I should share with ya:
So I'm going through a ton of music on my computer, finding things I don't listen to anymore and generally updating everything, when I come across a folder labeled "Real Estate". I vaguely recall getting their debut a few years ago, so I check it out to see what it's all about, and now I don't remember why I stopped listening to this album.
Well, Shoe Fest 2013 has come and gone, and the let down has set in. What a great weekend. Even more so than last year, everything was just perfect. Camped right across from the Uncommon Pavilion Stage, I was able to kick back and enjoy a lot of the music right from my campsite.