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Kenny Chesney – The Big Revival

The Big Revival

Jeff Burnett

Kenny Chesney brings a “Big Revival” to country music with the release of his sixteenth studio album: “The Big Revival”, courtesy of Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville Records on Sept. 23.

The “American Kids” singer is a country superstar to say the least. Chesney has been a staple in country music with a career spanning over two decades. He has released seven No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 and 23 singles reaching No .1 across multiple country charts. Regardless of his success, there is nothing standard about him or his albums. He takes each album down a different road, turning in different directions that offer something new and refreshing at each destination.

“The Big Revival” gives deliverance to country music by offering a collection of songs that combine each area of country music. The album has its roots set in country folk and classic country, but grows into a multifaceted endeavor. He delivers a solid release that is filled with sing-along party songs that his fans love to hear, while seamlessly incorporating some ballads that balance out the album’s pace. The new release is a free flowing project that offers more variety to fans, which not only showcases his versatility as a country singer, but also depth as an artist.

Chesney’s last two studio albums were considered commercial disappointments by fans and critics alike. “Welcome to the Fishbowl” (2012) and “Life on a Rock” (2013) did not connect well with fans. The direction of the albums focused on his party-like persona and beach-bum country tunes that did not feature any variation to his music. He has revitalized his image on “The Big Revival”, by pulling back on his signature “bro-country” songs, and segueing into a contemporary country sound that both fans and new listeners will enjoy.

The album features the hit single “American Kids”, which hit No. 1 on the Billboard U.S. Country Airplay and No. 2 on the Hot Country Songs. The album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the Top Country Albums. It marks the tenth consecutive album that Chesney has debuted in the top three positions and No. 1 of the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums charts, respectively. The album went on to sell over 100,000 copies in its first week.

– Jeff Burnett

Rating: 8/10

Recommended Songs: “The Big Revival,” “Beer Can Chicken” and “American Kids”

Taylor Swift – 1989

1989

by Katie Bourg

Each Taylor Swift album tells a story that’s different from the next. Her eponymous debut album tells the story of a young girl wide eyed and curious about what the world has to offer.. Fearless was about living in this whimsical fairytale unafraid of what life had to throw. Speak Now tells the story of a hopeless romantic, holding out for a charming leading man to whisk her away. Red tells the story of an intense love that was lost but not forgotten. Now we come to 1989 and not only is this a new officially pop Taylor Swift, but it also tells a new story, a story of a young woman finally coming into her own and being comfortable with who she is.

1989, the year Taylor Swift was born, has many musical elements that give off a late 80’s pop vibe. For example, “Out of the Woods” sounds like a track off of a John Hughes movie and “This Love”, one of Swift’s strongest tracks, takes influence of some of the very early power ballads of the late 80’s. She’s not only inspired by the 80’s, but she’s taken influence from her new home, New York City. In the opener, “Welcome to New York”, she declares that “it’s a new soundtrack”, indicating that she has shed the country pop cutie image she has built for herself and now she’s a new woman, living a very comfortable and happy life in the Big Apple.

One question that Taylor dares to ask throughout this album is, can we change? At points, you can’t figure out if she may or may not be still the bitter young woman that the media has painted her out to be like with “Bad Blood” a scathing track about a frienemy, presumably Katy Perry. Then you wonder if she’s not still hoping for love with “Stay”, a track about a love lost. But then you hear her singing about how haters will hate in the catchy “Shake It Off” in which she swears that she’s over all the naysayers and the critics. Perhaps we can change but sometimes there are things that will stay the same.

1989 is a statement to those who think that all Taylor writes about is love songs about exes. Instead, this is about being in love with yourself before being in love with anyone else. 1989 is about coming alive and finding happiness in a world where you don’t necessarily have to be in love.

Grade: 9/10

Best Tracks: “This Love”, “That’s How You Get the Girl”, “Welcome to New York”, “Out of the Woods”

Weezer – Everything Will Be Alright In The End

Weezer: Everything Will Be Alright In The End

By: John Hummel

       This month, Weezer’s new album, “Everything Will Be Alright In The End,” was released, and the band has not been quiet about it. Weezer has released two singles over the past few months, “Back to the Shack,” and “Cleopatra,” and a music video for “Back to the Shack” was released also. The album is now streaming via iTunes Radio.

            The album is strong the whole way through. The opening track, “Ain’t Got Nobody,” is a straight up loud, guitar driven song. “Lonely Girl” sounds like a blend of sounds from the “Blue” and “Green” albums. “The British Are Coming” is an interesting song, and if I’m not mistaken, is actually about the American Revolution. “Go Away” is a duet between lead singer Rivers Cuomo and guest vocalist Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast. Overall, each track is solid in its own unique way.

            However, while the musicianship of this album is great, the main thing I loved about these tracks is that they are not another weird Rivers Cuomo experiment, they gave the fans what they want: a rock album. The evidence is pretty plain. Right in the first verse of “Back to the Shack,” Cuomo sings, “maybe I should play the lead guitar and Pat should play the drums.”

YES! FINALLY! After putting up with “experimental” albums such as 2009’s “Raditude,” and pretty much everything after that album, Weezer has finally listened to their fans and given them what they wanted! All we wanted to do is, as the “Shack” lyric says, rock “like it’s ’94.”

All of which prompts the question: why don’t other bands get back to their roots? Too many bands that we love take a bad turn, and they almost always refuse to go back to the sound that made us love them in the first place.

Remember Metallica’s 2008 album “Death Magnetic?” If you don’t, I can’t really blame you. As pretty much any Metallica fan will tell you, Metallica hasn’t been much good since 1988’s “…And Justice For All,” or maybe their 1991 self-titled album, “The Black Album.”

But when Metallica announced that they were getting back to their roots with “Death Magnetic,” their fans, myself included, were excited. We wanted classic, head-bangin’ Metallica. We wanted tracks with fast riffs and loud guitars like “Master of Puppets” and “Seek And Destroy.” We wanted interesting ballads that started slow and somber, but sounded like a bat out of hell by the end, such as “One” and “Fade To Black.” In the event, what we got was more generic, over-produced crap. More dull guitar parts and weak vocals. Oh well.

So maybe Weezer isn’t the only band to acknowledge that they strayed from the sound that got them where they are today. But they are the only band that comes to mind which have been actually successful at going back to their classic sound.

To give Metallica some credit, it’s probably harder than it looks. These are middle aged dudes trying to write music like they’re 20 again. But whatever the secret is to getting back to your old sound, Weezer found it.

My only hope is that Pink Floyd takes note for their new album for November, “The Endless River.”

So I applaud you, Weezer, for actually listening to the people who supported you over the years. Thank you for not giving the fans another “what were they thinking?” album, and getting back to the sound that made us love you in the first place. To anyone that thought that Weezer had lost it over the years, “Everything Will Be Alright In The End” begs to differ.


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Area concerts happening in your neck of the woods!


Eric Church: The Outsiders World Tour

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Eric Church: The Outsiders World Tour

The Peoria Civic Center Arena at 7:00 P.M.

201 SW Jefferson St., Peoria, IL 61602

November 21, 2014.

Ticket prices are $25, 39.50, and $59.50

http://www.ticketmaster.com/eric-church-the-outsiders-world-peoria-illinois-11-21-2014/event/07004C90B1835A8D?artistid=1020885&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=2

 

 

 

The Avett Brothers- February 13, 2014

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U.S. Cellular Coliseum

101 South Madison Street

Bloomington, IL

(309)-434-2843

Doors Open: 6:30pm

Show Starts: 8:00pm

For Tickets, click HERE

Yellowcard: Ocean Avenue Acoustic

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Yellowcard

Castle Theatre

209 E. Washington Street

Bloomington, IL

Doors Open: 7:00pn

Show Starts: 8:00pm

For Tickets, click HERE

We The Kings

WE THE KINGS

 

We The Kings

w/ This Century & Crash The Party

The Castle Theater

Bloomington, IL

Doors: 7:00 p.m.

Show: 7:30 p.m.

For Tickets, Click HERE

‘Chicago’ – Live In Concert

CHICAGO

Chicago – Live In Concert

January 29th, 2014 @ 7:30 PM

U.S. Cellular Coliseum

101 South Madison Street

Bloomington, IL

Doors Open: 6:30pm

Show Starts: 7:30pm

For Tickets, click HERE



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Judy Baar Topinka Dead at 70

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka passed away Wednesday at the age of 70. Her death is in conjunction with complications from a stroke she suffered Tuesday. 

According to an official statement, Topinka arrived at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn on Tuesday morning . She was undergoing testing when she passed  early Wednesday.

Topinka is survived by one son, Joseph.

ISU Football downs UNI, Advance in Second Round of NCAA Division I Playoffs

NORMAL- Illinois State won their first playoff game since 2012, defeating conference rival Northern Iowa 41-21 Saturday afternoon at Hancock Stadium.

The Redbirds struck early on,off a 6-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tre Roberson to receiver Cameron Merideth. ISU continued to strike, as junior running back Marshaun Coprich scored on a 1-yard touchdown run, following a 28-yard catch by receiver Jon-Marc Anderson, that moved the Redbirds into scoring position.

Northern Iowa had trouble putting together their offense in the first half, punting on their first two possessions of the game.

A second touchdown reception by Merideth, and a 45-yard field goal by Senior placekicker Nick Aussieker sent the Redbirds into the locker room up 24-0 at halftime.

Northern Iowa made a change at quarterback in the second half, benching Senior Brion Carnes. Junior Sawyer Kollmorgen and the Panther offense marched down the field and scored on a 3-yard  run by Kollmorgen, who punched in the touchdown on a muffed play.

The Redbirds answered with a 39-yard field goal by Aussieker, and a touchdown toss by Roberson, who found tight end James O’Shaughnessy for 26-yards in the back of the end-zone.

UNI would not back down however, as an 83-yard Panther drive culminated with running back David Johnson poking in a touchdown from 2-yards out.

The suspense continued, when ISU fumbled on the following kick-off return. The mistake led to a 20-yard scoring reception by Northern Iowa receiver Brett LeMaster, keeping the Panthers alive 21-34.

The comeback would not be enough, as time ticked away in the fourth quarter. With 2:04 remaining,  Roberson connected with O’Shaughnessy for their second touchdown of the day, sealing victory for the Redbirds.

ISU will face Eastern Washington in the Quarterfinal round of the NCAA Division I Playoffs. That game will take place in Cheney, WA on either December 12th or 13th.

ISU Football beats Southern, Earns Share of Conference Title

NORMAL-  The Illinois State Redbird Football team defeated Southern Illinois University 44-29 on Saturday to finish with a regular season record of 10-1 and a share of the Missouri Valley Football Conference title.

After completely dominating the first half and leading by a score of 16-0, ISU struggled to stop the Southern Illinois defense in the second half by giving up all 29 points. Luckily, Quarterback Tre Roberson and company kept the points coming on the offensive side of the ball.

Roberson finished the game 14-23 with 319 passing yards and 3 touchdowns along with 94 rushing yards. Out of the 14 completions by Roberson, 12 of them went to Cameron Meredith and Lechein Neblett. Meredith had 8 receptions for 182 yards and a touchdown, while Neblett had 4 catches for 125 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Star Running back, Marshaun Coprich, added 160 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns.

In the first half, the ISU offense consistently drove the ball deep into SIU territory with the help from quick, easily completed curl routes. As the game progressed, Roberson was able to it his receivers on deep routes due to great route running along with  phenomenal blocking by the offensive line.  At the same time, the defense wasn’t letting the Southern Illinois offense do anything in the first half. But it was a “tale of the two halves” for the Saluki offense as they were able to drive down the field multiple times scoring 29 points in the second half.

Throughout the game, both teams confused the fans a little bit with some questionable and confusing plays. Most notably, on a 4th down for SIU, the long snapper sent the ball sailing past the punter. Feeling like ISU defenders were right behind him, the punter picked up the ball and punted it out of the back of his own endzone. The play resulted in a safety for the Redbirds and extended their lead to 16-0.

As the rest of the games Saturday play out, ISU is in the hunt of receiving a first-round bye in the FCS Playoffs. The selection show will be Sunday, Nov. 23 at 11am on ESPNU.

 


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ISU Football downs UNI, Advance in Second Round of NCAA Division I Playoffs

NORMAL- Illinois State won their first playoff game since 2012, defeating conference rival Northern Iowa 41-21 Saturday afternoon at Hancock Stadium.

The Redbirds struck early on,off a 6-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tre Roberson to receiver Cameron Merideth. ISU continued to strike, as junior running back Marshaun Coprich scored on a 1-yard touchdown run, following a 28-yard catch by receiver Jon-Marc Anderson, that moved the Redbirds into scoring position.

Northern Iowa had trouble putting together their offense in the first half, punting on their first two possessions of the game.

A second touchdown reception by Merideth, and a 45-yard field goal by Senior placekicker Nick Aussieker sent the Redbirds into the locker room up 24-0 at halftime.

Northern Iowa made a change at quarterback in the second half, benching Senior Brion Carnes. Junior Sawyer Kollmorgen and the Panther offense marched down the field and scored on a 3-yard  run by Kollmorgen, who punched in the touchdown on a muffed play.

The Redbirds answered with a 39-yard field goal by Aussieker, and a touchdown toss by Roberson, who found tight end James O’Shaughnessy for 26-yards in the back of the end-zone.

UNI would not back down however, as an 83-yard Panther drive culminated with running back David Johnson poking in a touchdown from 2-yards out.

The suspense continued, when ISU fumbled on the following kick-off return. The mistake led to a 20-yard scoring reception by Northern Iowa receiver Brett LeMaster, keeping the Panthers alive 21-34.

The comeback would not be enough, as time ticked away in the fourth quarter. With 2:04 remaining,  Roberson connected with O’Shaughnessy for their second touchdown of the day, sealing victory for the Redbirds.

ISU will face Eastern Washington in the Quarterfinal round of the NCAA Division I Playoffs. That game will take place in Cheney, WA on either December 12th or 13th.

Illinois State Men’s Basketball Comes Up Short Against VCU

Normal-  The Illinois State Men’s basketball team lost in a closely battled game against the VCU Rams 66-62.  The loss drops ISU to 3-3 for the season.  The Redbirds had a chance with under a minute left to tie the game, but Paris Lee’s layup was to strong and VCU was able to hold on for the victory.

ISU held the lead for more than half of the game, as the Redbirds were up 35-33 at halftime.  ISU’s  hot shooting (50% for the night) is what kept them in the game.  VCU and there well known Havoc defense came up huge as they forced 24 turnovers which led to 27 points.  The Rams only shot 33% percent from the field, but their defense is what helped keep them in the game as they sneaked by for the win.

The Redbirds were lead by Devaughn Akoon-Purcell who had 18 points and 7 rebounds.  Guards Daishon Knight and Paris Lee chipped in 11 and 12 points of their own.  For VCU, Jr. Melvin Johnson poured in a game high 19 points as he was 5-10 behind the three point line.  Treveon Graham added 17 points and 7 rebounds for the Rams.

The Redbirds will look to bounce back after the tough loss as they will travel to take on UAB on December 7th.

ISU Football beats Southern, Earns Share of Conference Title

NORMAL-  The Illinois State Redbird Football team defeated Southern Illinois University 44-29 on Saturday to finish with a regular season record of 10-1 and a share of the Missouri Valley Football Conference title.

After completely dominating the first half and leading by a score of 16-0, ISU struggled to stop the Southern Illinois defense in the second half by giving up all 29 points. Luckily, Quarterback Tre Roberson and company kept the points coming on the offensive side of the ball.

Roberson finished the game 14-23 with 319 passing yards and 3 touchdowns along with 94 rushing yards. Out of the 14 completions by Roberson, 12 of them went to Cameron Meredith and Lechein Neblett. Meredith had 8 receptions for 182 yards and a touchdown, while Neblett had 4 catches for 125 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Star Running back, Marshaun Coprich, added 160 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns.

In the first half, the ISU offense consistently drove the ball deep into SIU territory with the help from quick, easily completed curl routes. As the game progressed, Roberson was able to it his receivers on deep routes due to great route running along with  phenomenal blocking by the offensive line.  At the same time, the defense wasn’t letting the Southern Illinois offense do anything in the first half. But it was a “tale of the two halves” for the Saluki offense as they were able to drive down the field multiple times scoring 29 points in the second half.

Throughout the game, both teams confused the fans a little bit with some questionable and confusing plays. Most notably, on a 4th down for SIU, the long snapper sent the ball sailing past the punter. Feeling like ISU defenders were right behind him, the punter picked up the ball and punted it out of the back of his own endzone. The play resulted in a safety for the Redbirds and extended their lead to 16-0.

As the rest of the games Saturday play out, ISU is in the hunt of receiving a first-round bye in the FCS Playoffs. The selection show will be Sunday, Nov. 23 at 11am on ESPNU.

 



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Teacher Gives Non-Alcoholic Beer to Students *Idiot of the Week Nomination*

WHY WOULD YOU THINK THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA!

The teacher was trying to teach his students that people used to drink alcohol instead of water because their water was tainted.  Makes sense to tell your students about this, but you don’t need them to know how alcohol taste.  It is irresponsible as a teacher and adult.

Cruising Down the Street

Starting Monday you can rent a bike from the Student Fitness Center.

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Would You Buy A Dog For 2 Million Dollars?

In China, a new craze has started for purchasing Tibetan Mastiff puppy.  They go for 1 to 2 million dollars.

I couldn’t bring myself to spend that much money on ANYTHING! How about you?

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Lorde Wants Fans To Kiss Westboro Baptist Church

Taking to Twitter Lorde wants her fans to show their support for same sex marriage and kiss her protesters.

The church recently remade Lorde’s hit “Royals” and plan to protest her concert tomorrow in Kansas City.  At least some people will have fun…

Full Story Here.