Well it's already August of 2014 somehow, and it's been a great year for music. But it's not quite over yet; Shoe Fest is just around the corner (Labor Day weekend), and with a lineup featuring The Wood Brothers, two nights of a revamped, prog-heavy Old Shoe, Chicago legends Mr. Blotto, and many more favorites and newcomers, it promises to scratch that itch in your dancing shoes.
Summer 2014 is off to a rip-roaring start. Summer Camp kicked things off a few weeks ago with stellar jams from the regulars and a crowd-favorite collaboration between Old Shoe and Chicago Farmer, Wakarusa turned things up a notch and as of this writing, Umphrey's McGee is tearing it up down in Manchester, Tennessee at Bonnaroo.
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.
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).