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Sam’s Music Reviews: Music Exploration

Happy October everyone. Recently, I’ve been trying to expand my musical repertoire and explore new musicians/bands I’ve never listened to before. Spotify and Bandcamp have been two incredibly useful tools in my exploration. Every recommendation is a brand new album from the selected artist, and each artist represents a different style of music, so there… Read More

Sam’s Music Reviews: Concept Albums

One of my favorite elements to listen for in an album is a conceptual framework that ties the songs together. A concept album allows musicians to exercise creativity during the writing/instrumental/recording process. Whether the album has an intricate fictional storyline, explores different themes, or comments on current issues, the possibilities for what makes a concept… Read More

Sam’s Music Reviews: Native and Indigenous Artists

Music is a mode of communication and education about lifestyles and cultures. Artists write lyrics about their identity and create beats that are a continuation of centuries-long traditions and customs. A group of people known for having such a rich cultural identity around music and dance are the indigenous people of North America. This month,… Read More

Sam’s Music Reviews: Chicago Suburban Roots

Happy July, everyone! For this month, I’m recommending four albums from artists/bands that have originated in the Northern/Northwestern suburbs of Chicago. Listening to artists that grew up where we live can bolster a sense of pride and accomplishment for our community and even enhance our listening experience.  For each album recommendation, I have provided a… Read More

Sam’s Music Reviews: Movie Soundtracks

Last month, the Oscars took place a little later than usual, but that didn’t make it any less (or more) exciting. In the spirit of movies and the award season, I dedicate this blog post to the music that has accompanied great movies of the past. Music enhances the experience of a movie’s mood and… Read More

Staff Picks: Post Pop Depression

It has been a rough year so far for music, as we’ve lost a number of stars. Merle Haggard was a legend in country music, Prince will never be forgotten, and we were all shocked at the sudden passing of David Bowie. “Blackstar” was released on David Bowie’s 69th birthday in January, and two days… Read More

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