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).
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
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.
With Shoe Fest coming up, I find it even harder to stop listening to music than usual. So I thought I would share with the wide wide world what kind of music one can expect to hear at Shoe Fest (not all of these bands will be playing Shoe Fest, but it gets the same vibe across).