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Matt Muse explores love & nappyness on new EP

Matt Muse is a name that’s relatively new to me. I first caught wind of the hip-hop artist roughly a month ago at a Young Chicago Authors open mic event where he was one of the featured performers. Although there were more than a dozen Chicago-based artists who had the privilege of stepping up onto the stage that evening, ...

half•alive – Now, Not Yet

In Christianity, there's a phrase that gets circulated among scholars relating to the kingdom of God, which is known as the "already and not yet." In layman's terms it basically means that the kingdom of God is already here because of Jesus' sacrifice on the cross and rise from the grave, conquering death. Yet, the world is ...

Song by Song: Bon Iver’s i,i

An album high on my priority list came out 3 weeks early. So, I decided to write down my first impressions for your enjoyment. Or maybe you're indifferent; that's okay too. Anyway, here goes! Yi: Is this thing on? iMi: One line in this song proclaims "I can't ignore it anymore." I can't ignore how cohesive this ...

Trying – I Won’t Let You Lose the Rhythm

There's a band in Ohio that has consistently been quietly releasing endearing anecdotes via song. That band is Trying. Trying has some history with this blog. They played two of our events when they still held to the moniker The Sports. One event was at the beatnik/quirky coffee bar Kafe Kerouac, supporting Watching For ...

Tycho – Weather

Today feels heavy. Two more mass shootings have stunned the country. The one in Dayton, OH was too close to home. You could argue it is our home—several artists we cover and folks we care about dearly reside there. So, it feels appropriate to take a reprieve from all the heaviness to soak up the excellent new release ...

ODD PROMISE-THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING

As I sit here on this somber Sunday morning trying to figure out what to do with my day, I came across a post from Kevin Smith about creating something positive today because there are people that won't get that choice, but we wil, so that hit home today as I have been in a funk recently and haven't written anything in a ...

Tourist Trap – Flawless

Tourist Trap's new record, Flawless, isn't perfect as the name might indicate, but it certainly has all the fixins of a late summer record that I needed to hear. As I sit down to write this review, "Cellophane" is playing in the background, and I just returned to my apartment from two cookouts (the latter involved ...