Friday, September 29, 2017

Fall Music

The weather may be deceiving, but as of September 23rd, fall is officially here. During this season, music can often complete moments of walking in the leaves, carving pumpkins or sipping cider with your family. When I think of fall music, I think of comfortable, homey songs that make me feel good. Light tunes. Indie voices. Soft acoustics. Below is a playlist of best songs to listen to in fall, and the charming lyrics that make them that way:

“September” by Earth, Wind, and Fire
Do you remember the 21st night of September? Love was changing the minds of pretenders while chasing the clouds away.

“Leaves that Turn Green” by Simon and Garfunkel
And the leaves that are green turn to brown, and they wither with the wind, and they crumble in your hand.

“November Rain” by Guns N’ Roses
So never mind the darkness, we still can find a way, ‘cause nothin’ lasts forever, even cold November rain.

“Autumn Leaves” by The Walters
The constellation it’s moving and it’s passing, autumn leaves, they have just begun.

“We’re Going To Be Friends” by The White Stripes
Fall is here, hear the yell, back to school, ring the bell.

“My Cosmic Autumn Rebellion” by Flaming Lips
They tell us autumn’s a comin’ and soon everything around us will die.

“Tiger Striped Sky” by Roo Panes
Half the world was pulling on his colors, as nights turned into day to the hours, a glow was coming down, coming down, I don’t know why but it felt like a tiger striped sky.

“Featherstone” by Paper Kites
She went out to the hay in the morning grace, She went out and got lost in a tall hedge maze.

“Autumn Sweater” by Yo La Tengo
Me with nothing to say, and you in your autumn sweater.

Upcoming Concerts:
+Glass Animals-September 28th-Aragon Ballroom-Chicago-7:30pm
+Fleet Foxes-October 3rd and 4th-Chicago Theatre-7:30pm
+Japanese Breakfast-October 4th-Subterranean-Chicago-8:30pm
+Atlas Genius-October 5th-Bottom Lounge-Chicago-6pm
+The Script-October 6th-Riviera Theatre-Chicago-7:30pm
+The Growlers-October 6th-Vic Theater-Chicago-9:30pm
+Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull-October 7th-Rosemont-7:30pm
+Pixies-October 8th-Chicago Theatre-7:30pm
+A$AP Mob-October 11th-UIC Pavilion-Chicago-7:30pm

+Zedd-October 12th-Aragon Ballroom-Chicago-8pm

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Four albums released this summer you might have missed

Summer gifts us with happy memories, glowing skin, more than five hours of sleep and most wonderfully, new music. Artists often release new albums during summer for those windows-down, carefree moments. Of course with so many new songs to explore, there may be a few you might miss. Here are four albums released this summer you might have skipped:

“Fenn” by Tom Rosenthal:
“Fenn”, composed and named after the birth of his second child, is an album created from the loving mind of Tom Rosenthal. The album features feel good songs completed with trumpets, choirs, and beautiful, original songwriting. “Fenn” focuses on the troubling times of 2016, but more importantly, rising above them.
Check out “Fenn”, “Quite Short for a Goalkeeper” and “Throw the Fear”

“Relaxer” by Alt-J:
Trust me on this, this album will rock your world. “Relaxer” is the third album from the indie-pop  band, Alt-J. Although a bit strange at times, the overall sound is stellar.  An album like no other, it features strings, a boys choir, guest female singers, sounds of tourists in a Cathedral in England and an electric keyboard purchased by the band for $1 on Ebay.     
Check out “House of the Rising Sun”, “3WW” and “In Cold Blood”

“Melodrama” by Lorde:
After a four year drought, Lorde is back with her second album, and it exceeds expectations. The album is concentrated on breakups, the loneliness that comes with them and the types of emotions you experience as a young adult, positive or negative. “Melodrama” stars rich ballads and complex-simple songs, guaranteed to give listeners goosebumps.
Check out “Green Light”, “Liability” and “Writer in the Dark”

“Sacred Hearts Club” by Foster the People
The third album for Foster the People, “Sacred Hearts Club”, is a new, less-tame sound from the band compared to past years. The songs are hazy and practically feel dreamed up. The album was made for the night. Filled with songs to dance to, the indie-pop album exerts a psychedelic mood.
Check out “I Love My Friends”, “Sit Next to Me” and “Time to Get Closer”

Back to School Playlist:
“School” by Frankie Cosmos
“Oxford Comma” by Vampire Weekend
“Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People
“Our Swords” by Band of Horses
“The Middle” by Jimmy Eat World
“Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears For Fears
“The Suburbs” by Arcade Fire
“Expectations” by Belle & Sebastian
“The Kids Don’t Want Wanna Come Home” by Declan McKenna

Upcoming Concerts:

+Andy Grammer-September 9th-RiverEdge Park-Aurora-7pm
+Young the Giant with Cold War Kids-September 9th-Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island-Chicago-7pm
+Stevie Nicks-September 9th and 10th-Ravinia-Highland Park-7:30pm
+Pink-September 9th-Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Chicago-Tinley Park-8pm

+Ed Sheeran-September 15th and 16th-Allstate Arena-Rosemont-7:30pm