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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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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.

 

Bloomington Police Seize 300 Grams of Cocaine from Bloomington man

BLOOMINGTON-Bloomington police have seized over 300 grams of Cocaine from Kiante M. Simmonds.

Police searched Simmonds apartment in the 400 block of West Market Street. Authorities found 303 grams of Cocaine and cash. The drugs have a street value of $30,000. Simmons is being held in the McLean County Jail and faces five counts of charges related to the sale of drugs. His first court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 5th.

 

Bloomington Man Arrested for Murder

BLOOMINGTON- Bloomington Police have arrested a Normal man on murder charges after a shooting early Sunday morning left a Bloomington man dead.

Police have taken Tracy Newsom into custody for the murder of Carlton Jordan. Jordan was found dead in an apartment off the 700 block of Turnberry.

Another victim also suffered gunshot wounds, but does not have life threatening injuries.

Police declined to identify the victim. An autopsy of Carlton is planned for Monday evening, and the investigation is ongoing.

This is the third shooting in less than three weeks in Bloomington, two of which have been fatal.


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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.

 

Redbird Basketball Drops first game to Utah State

NORMAL- The Illinois State men’s basketball team hosted the Utah State Aggies at Redbird Arena Sunday afternoon. The ‘Birds jumped out to an early lead starting the game on a 6-0 run, bringing a lot of energy to Doug Collins Court.

ISU played great throughout the first half by running in transition and playing a strong 2-3 zone on defense, holding Utah State to just 10 points in the first 15 minutes of the half. They were paced in scoring by guard Daishon Knight who finished the first half with 9 points giving the Redbirds a 27-20 lead going into the half.

But, in the second half the Aggies came out with a chip on their shoulder and went on a quick 6-0 run of their own, led by freshman forward David Collette who finished the game with 17 points. Illinois State began to fall apart. The shots stopped falling for the ‘Birds.

ISU was able to battle back and stay in the game, keeping it close to the final buzzer. But, in the end it came down to the lack of made shots for the Redbirds.

ISU was led by Daishon Knight who scored 17 points and DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell contributed 15 points off the bench, including some very flashy finishes at the rim. But, the Redbirds couldn’t hit shots down the stretch, going 22-67 from the field for the game and an abysmal 2-15 from the 3 point arc. Free Throws were also a problem for Dan Muller’s team as they shot 9-20 as a team from the free throw line.

The Aggies came out on top with a 60-55 win.

The Redbirds will look to bounce back from the first loss in the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. The Birds will play 3 games starting out with Weber State on November 21st.

 

ISU Baseball Begins Signing Season

NORMAL– The Illinois State baseball team kicked off the early signing period on Wednesday. First year head coach Bo Durkac received eight National Letters of Intent on the first day that recruits from the Class of 2015 could sign.

Durkac believes that his first recruiting class closely reflects his philosophy to building a good team.

“A good baseball team must be strong in the middle of the field, and with four pitchers, a catcher, a shortstop, a centerfielder and a pitcher/catcher, I feel that these eight signees reflect that trait,” said Durkac. “The focus of our first recruiting class was mostly on high school seniors, but we were also able to sign a junior college transfer who brings some immediate physicality to the team. I am extremely pleased with the makeup of the class, and we coaches are excited to get these talented ballplayers on campus in August and to watch their development in our program.”

The early signing class includes five in-state recruits with the other three coming from around the Midwest.  The five in-state recruits include Payton Hartbank (OF, Mattoon), Brad Parchutz (RHP, Marian Central Catholic), Tyler Paulsen (RHP/1B, Minooka), Jack Rettig (LHP, Mahomet-Seymour) and Nick Zouras (C, Hersey).

Nick Alvarado (RHP, Grain Valley, Mo.), Owen Miller (SS, Fredonia, Wis.) and Travis Neubeck (RHP/C, Hugo, Minn.) complete the early signees that will join the Redbirds next fall.

“I want to acknowledge assistant coaches Mike Stalowy and Michael Kellar for their efforts on the recruiting trail. Despite having joined the coaching staff only in July, they worked tirelessly to evaluate, to develop relationships with, and to get commitments from the top available talent in the 2015 class in a very short amount of time.”

Illinois State will open the 2015 season on Feb. 13 with a four-game series at Arkansas State following a 33-22 campaign last season.



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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…

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