Tag Archives: Chicago

Hello, stranger: A fall semester round-up

7 Jan

While this very well may have been the biggest break I’ve taken since I started this blog, rest assured that there is a story behind my absence. The story of a Ph.D. student struggling to stay on top of her classes and keep up on sleep while maintaining a small semblance of a social life. That being said — I wanted to update everyone on some of the greater happenings of this semester.

I’ll start by saying that Ohio University has been very good to me. My fall semester consisted of Introduction to Graduate Study, a journalism teaching seminar, Research Methods, Mass Communication Theory, Ethics, Internet and Society, and Thursday night bull-sessions at Jackie O’s.

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Blogaroo: Day 18: Fruit Bats

19 May

Fruit Bats, a rock band that got their start in 1997 Chicago, helped kick off the folk-rock craze that took off in the early 2000s. The group has changed a lot since it got its start, but singer/songwriter Eric Johnson has always been at the band’s core.

In addition to his work with Fruit Bats, in 2000 Johnson was an instructor at the Old Town School of Folk Music, led his own space-rock band called I Rowboat and was a guitarist in various groups — including Califone and The Shins. The Shins will also be appearing at Bonnaroo this year, so maybe the groups will team up for a song or two.

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Blogaroo 2012: My 15 most anticipated acts

15 May

It’s the most wonderful time of the year again, folks! Bonnaroo is less than a month away, and to celebrate I’m officially kicking off Blogaroo 2012 — highlighting the can’t miss acts of this festi season.

To begin this year’s countdown — I present to you the 15 acts I am most excited to see this summer.

But music is meant to be shared! Let me know what you think by leaving a comment or voting in the poll at the end of this post.

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Blogaroo: Day 4: Primus

5 Jun

Primus, a rock band that got their start in 1984, is composed of frontman and bassist Les Claypool,  guitarist Larry “Ler” LaLonde and drummer Jay Lane. While the band has had an international presence for what will soon be 3o years, the group may be best known for creating the original theme for South Park in 1997. Claypool, who I’ve seen about four times at various festivals, also wrote Seinfeld’s theme in 1990.

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Blogaroo: Day 17: Portugal. The Man

23 May

Hailing from Wasilla, Alaska, Portugal. The Man  features John Gourley on lead vocals and guitar, Jason Sechrist on drums, Ryan Neighbors on keyboard  and Zachary Carothers on bass. The group got their start in 2002, when Gourley moved to Portland, Oregon and started up Anatomy of a Ghost. The band gained popularity fairly quickly but broke up within two years. Luckily, Gourley had been working on a side project, aka, Portugal. The Man.

Which is good, because the band has grown pretty quickly since it got its start in 2005, thanks in a large part to Gourley’s hypnotizing  harmonies. He was named AP Magazine’s Best Vocalist of the Year in 2008 and has been featured in countless musical publications, many of which are sitting on my bookshelf right now.

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Blogaroo: Day 25: Sleigh Bells

15 May

Sleigh Bells originated in 2008, when lead singer Alexis Krauss and guitarist Derek Miller crossed paths at a small Brooklyn eatery. Krauss was taking her mother out to lunch and Miller was busy waiting tables when he happened to mention that he was searching for a female lead for a project he was working on.

Since that first project, Krauss and Miller have performed at the CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival in New York and Pitchfork in Chicago. They’ve been signed to M.I.A’s N.E.E.T. Recordings and are working on their second studio album, to be released next year.

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