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Alt-J – This Is All Yours

Alt J- This Is All Yours

Taylor Bauer

            Once An Awesome Wave broke through mainstream alternative music, it felt as if Alt-J had been what the genre was missing. Their debut album was one single idea spread over 14 tracks, each one building on the energy and emotion of the last. After touring extensively from 2012 into much of this year, Alt-J posted on their website that new music was being written, and that bassist and founding member Gwil Sainsbury. If anything was certain about the future of 2012’s most pleasant alternative surprise, it was that expectations were useless.

Even before touring in support of their first album, the trio known as Alt-J (the keyboard code for a triangle on a Mac) met while studying at Leeds University, and all three connected musically. Drawing from retro folk and modern electronic music, the band crafted their own sound on their debut, and modify it further on This Is All Yours. Where An Awesome Wave was carried by upbeat, sporadic arrangements, This Is All Yours sacrifices volume for thoughtful progressions that let vocals and instrumentals shine from beginning to end.

The album’s tone is set from the first track “Intro”, as if to warn the listener that things have changed in the band. Guitarist/Vocalist Joe Newman and Keyboardist/Vocalist Gus Unger-Hamilton begin colliding their voices in odd harmonies as instruments build, but do not explode like on the first album. Everything on this record feels more controlled, not as if they abandoned the energy they built on AAW, but more like they have grown with their success into a fully functioning and directed rock band.

The progression of Arrival in Nara > Nara paints a picture of tranquility and peace, something the album is not lacking. Following the arrival are two of the album’s singles, “Every Other Freckle” and “Left Hand Free”. Both reached moderate success on alternative radio, and rightfully so; “Every Other Freckle” is an Alt-J standard sound with ferocious percussion, and “Left Hand Free” is the most pop-sounding track there is on the album. After sampling Miley Cyrus on “Hunger of the Pine”, the strongest part of the album guides the listener to the end of the album.

“Warm Foothills” is hands down the highlight of the album, both lyrically and with production. Newman and four of his closest friends from Leeds University trade off singing each word of the verses to create an odd structure that makes for a truly beautiful arrangement. “The Gospel of John Hurt”, another strong track that highlights the best features of Alt-J, leads right into “Pusher”, and then “Bloodflood Pt. 2”, which revisits lyrical highlights from their past album in a very nostalgic way for only two years, separating the album.

The album ends with “Leaving Nara”, and just like any great trip or vacation, the listener is left with a feeling of satisfaction that only encourages another run of the album. This album is the opposite of a sophomore slump; in fact, as a fan of this band since the beginning and multiple times seeing the band live, this album is a major improvement on downfalls from their debut, and has solidified the band into alternative royalty.

Rating: 10/10

Jhene Aiko – Souled Out

Jhene Aiko “Souled Out”

By: Khia Donald

Some of the best albums are great because they follow a storyline. One great storyteller is Jhene Aiko. In her new album entitled Souled Out, she takes us through a woman’s journey to enlightenment. Fans of Aiko know that all of her music and stories are deeply personal. For those who are just stepping into her world, its best to note that she puts her soul into her music. Aiko is a lyricist that writes all of her own songs. Typical topics she talks about are love, loss, depression, growth and overcoming difficulty. Her calming voice is very unique and distinct. She is an artist who can resonate with many.

Aiko has made her fair share of mixtapes, ep’s, and features with known artists such as Drake, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul and Childish Gambino; but Souled Out is her first official album. She has been making music since she was young but her success skyrocketed when she began working with producer NO I.D. on his label he runs through Def Jam Recordings.

The Souled Out journey begins with the song “Limbo, Limbo, Limbo”. This story talks about a girl (Aiko) who is trying to teach people that the most important thing in life is love. She refers to a lover who helped her realize that because of the in her stresses of life, she had to let him go to be happy.

Another great story on the album is “It’s Cool”. In this song she talks about the awkward place we’ve all been in when we’re not sure where a romantic situation is going. She divulges her feelings towards him while at the same time putting the cards in his hands and telling him that it’s up to him where things go. She also acknowledges that whatever happens is okay with her because knowing him at all is enough for her.

“Pressure” is the major single for the album. With this one she talking about the pressures of a relationship that seems to be going to nowhere and causing unnecessary stress; added to the pressures of making her album and trying to still trying to stay true to her real fans who have been following her since the beginning. The progression of the song is a prime example of her lyrical abilities. She talks about this while still keeping the song concise and cohesive. Her ability to let the songs verses flow into each different idea smoothly is also apparent and impressive.

Later in “Promises” the heroine finally reaches somewhat of a catharsis. The song features her brother Miyagi who passed away from an illness, as well as her daughter Namiko. She starts by talking about everything she’s missing out on with her daughter because of her job but acknowledges that everything Aiko does is for her daughter and her daughter will be alright in the end. She then goes on to talk about her brother and how much she misses him and how hard it is without him because her depression gets severe sometimes. However, she hears her brother’s voice reminding her that her daughter needs her and that she will be alright because he’s always with her. The catharsis comes in with the repeating idea that she just has to let go of the stress and sadness and everything will be alright.

Overall as someone who’s been following Jhene Aiko from the beginning, Souled Out is classic Aiko. She doesn’t disappoint because the storylines are similar to what we have been hearing from her. As a fan this is slightly disappointing because she hasn’t shown much growth from her mixtapes and ep’s. However, this is her first official album, so it’s basically a representation of herself and I highly suggest it to everyone; especially people who have never listened to her. She is an amazing lyricist. Not only does her music tell relatable stories but she deeply cares about her craft and it shows in all of the work she creates.
Rating: 8/10

U2 – “Songs of Innocence”

U2 “Songs of Innocence”

By: Emily Roux

U2 releases their first album for the first time in five years. The album is titled “Songs of Innocence”. Being a die-hard U2 fan myself, the day the surprise album was released, I almost fainted. When I found out the album was free, I almost peed myself. I was very excited to hear that after five years that the band was ready to come out with another album. I was not disappointed. The album is really good. It takes me back to their earlier albums. One problem with U2 album sales in the last couple of years is that the music is not relatable by the new generation of music lovers. It has been a long time since the release of their iconic album “The Joshua Tree” in 1987. I cannot tell you how many times I have watched “Where the Streets Have No Name” music video of the band performing on top of a liquor store in Los Angeles (a la The Beatles), for which they did so without a permit. That video is legendary and possibly the biggest of the entire career of the band. Even most people in my generation have seen the video.

U2 needed to do something that could draw in a new audience, so they decided to team up with Apple. For the release of the iPhone 6, U2 had their new album automatically download to everyone’s iCloud. Genius! Now some 33 million people have listened to the album thanks to the amazing marketing move. Some say the move is too intrusive, but I think that it is pretty incredible that U2 spent time and money to make this new album and they are giving it away for free. That says something about the band: they care. They care about their fans and the music, which is more than I can say for most of the new artists of today.

The album has so much to offer. From the incredibly honest vocals to the ridiculous drumming and incredible guitar all tied together with their signature sound. After listening to the songs that include “Iris (Hold Me Close),” a tribute to Bono’s mother, and “Song for Someone,” a heartwarming song of love and life, if I had to say one thing about this album I would say that U2 still has it. They continue to be one of the world’s best rock bands ever and one of the most genuine. If you have not checked the new album out, I suggest you do. You will not regret it. The album is free until October 13, 2014 so go download it while you can.

- Emily Roux


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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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Thunder defeat Stampede 2-1 for first USHL win.

NORMAL- Last Saturday night, the Bloomington Thunder won their first ever game in the United States Hockey League (USHL) by defeating the Sioux Falls Stampede 2-1 in a shootout.

In front of 3,150 energetic fans at the US Cellular Coliseum, the Thunder overcame an early 1-0 deficit by tying the game in the middle of the second period on a goal by Van Barr. The game would remain tied in the third period and overtime before the Thunder won the shootout 2-1 to pick up their 2nd point in the contest.

The Thunder started out evenly with Sioux Falls before giving up the first goal of the night 5:18 into the first period. when Logan O’Connor fed Troy Loggins in front of the net for an easy one-timer goal. However, it would be the last time in regulation that the Stampede would get the puck past Thunder goalie David Jacobson.

Jacobson, who spent his last two seasons with the Stampede compiling a record of 22-6-4-3 with a GAA of 2.42 and a save percentage of .917%, stopped 29 of the 30 shots he faced that night, earning him the game’s first star . When his team fell behind early, Jacobson said he wasn’t too concerned about the early deficit.

“For me, being a three year guy, it was kind of just everything was fine,” Jacobson stated after the game. “There was 60 minutes to go play in a hockey game and for the guys I think they were like that as well.”

Jacobson would later go on to give a lot of credit to the team’s penalty kill, which killed off all five Sioux Falls power plays, including a 5 on 3 in the first period.

“I think the whole group of guys out there on the penalty kill deserves a lot of credit. We have a group of guys who were willing to sacrifice their body and were able to put themselves on the line for the greater good of the team and that’s huge, that’s what you look for and that’s why our penalty kill has been so successful in the Fall Classic and the two exhibition games and in this game.”

The Thunder responded 16:03 into the second period when Van Barr, who committed to play at Western Michigan, scored the first goal in the organization’s history on a one timer that was set up by Shane Bednard, a future Bowling Green Falcon. After that, both teams engaged each other in an intense fight for the win. By the end of regulation, both Jacobson and Stampede goalie Arthur Brey had performed admirably, with Brey making 27 of his 34 saves after three periods.

After neither team was able to capitalize in overtime, the shootout started out great for the Thunder when Tyler Gernhofer, who will go on to play for the Vermont Catamounts, scored in the first round of the shootout. However, Logan O’Conner would tie it up in the second round after scoring on Jacobson. After Jacobson stopped Dakota Joshua in the third round, Thunder alternate captain Vince Pedrie scored the game winner off of Brey to send the crowd home happy.

There was a delayed celebration by the team after Pedrie scored, with many minor and junior hockey leagues being decided in a best of 5 round shootout, instead of the conventional best of 3 round shootout in the NHL, causing the Thunder to think two more rounds were still to be played. However, after the refs gave the thumbs up, the team came onto the ice to celebrate their first win of the season.

“I wasn’t sure,” said Thunder head coach Dennis Williams. “We joked about it in the locker room with Vince. I thought it was five, and that’s why I put him out as the third shooter.”

Williams, who spent his last three seasons as the head coach and director of hockey operations with the Amarillo Bulls of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), was overall pleased with his team’s effort in the win.

“The biggest thing was they stuck together,” Williams stated. “Nobody got out of whack and if one guy kind of had a bad shift, the other four guys picked that guy up and that’s probably from a coaching standpoint we’re the most proud about.”

The Thunder will play their next game this Friday night at Chicago against the Steel before returning home the following night to host the Youngstown Phantoms. The puck drop will be at 7 pm.

 

 

 

 

Second Guilty Plea in relation to Michael Collins DUI Case

NORMAL- Earlier this year, Jamie Webb struck another vehicle injuring three passengers and killing one. Her passenger has pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice charges.

Twenty-five year old, Orlando Jones, pleaded guilty in McLean County court yesterday. Jones apparently told investigators that he was originally the driver the night of the crash involving the death of Michael Collins near Main and Empire streets in Downtown Bloomington.

However, the driver, Bloomington resident Jamie Webb, 37 pleaded guilty to aggravated driving under the influence last month.

McLean County State’s Attorney Jason Chambers hopes the second guilty plea made by Jones will provide some comfort to the Collins’ family.

Jones is scheduled for sentencing by McLean County Judge Casey Costigan on November 21st. Jones is eligible for an extended term of up to six years in prison because he has prior convictions on his record.

When Webb is sentenced on October 23rd, she will face up to 14 years in prison.

Chris Highland Named Semifinalist For NFF Campbell Trophy

NORMAL-  Among many other awards and trophies, Illinois State senior Chris Highland is the long snapper for the ISU Football team and an All-American player. What else can he add to his list of awards?  Another trophy might work.

The  National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame announced the 167 semifinalists for the 2014 William V. Campbell Trophy.  The award recognizes an individual as the best football scholar-athlete in the nation. Up to 16 candidates will be named recipients.

The NFF National Scholar-Athlete program awards $18,000 scholarships that can be used for postgraduate. As an All-American selection by the Sports Network, Highland is credited as one of the best long snappers at the collegiate level. He has been the starting long snapper for the past three seasons for ISU. Highland is not only a hard worker on the field, he is also works hard to accumulate a GPA of 3.6. He is also a Broadcast Journalism major.

This year’s recipients will be announced October 30, and one will be declared the winner of the Campbell Trophy on December 9th at the 57th NFF Annual Awards Dinner.


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Current Standings

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School Conference Overall
Southern Illinois 1-0 4-1
North Dakota State 0-0 4-0
Illinois State 0-0 3-0
Indiana State 0-0 3-1
Missouri State 0-0 3-1
South Dakota State 0-0 3-1
Youngstown State 0-0 3-1
Northern Iowa 0-0 2-2
South Dakota 0-0 2-2
Western Illinois 0-1 2-3
Undefeated Redbirds Level Austin Peay

NORMAL – The Illinois State Redbirds continued their undefeated streak Saturday night, improving to 3-0 on the season with a 55-6 home win over the Austin Peay Governors.

ISU Running back Marshaun Coprich led the way on the ground with 156 yards and two touchdowns, while Quarterback Tre Roberson threw for a career best 222 yards and four touchdowns through the air.

The Redbirds took a 6-0 lead early on, off of a pair of 33 yard field goals by Kicker Nick Aussieker. That scoring was closely followed by a giant 69-yard touchdown run along the sideline by Coprich. ISU would go into the half up 20-0 after an 85-yard drive that was capped off by another 7-yard sprint for a touchdown by Coprich.

Things didn’t get any easier for the Governors after the half. ISU Quarterback Tre Roberson got hot, hooking up with wide receiver Lechein Neblett for two touchdowns on the day. One a stylish 26-yard grab for a score and the other a 66-yard bomb which put the Redbirds in control 41-6.

Roberson finished off the game, finding sophomore Anthony Warrum in the back of the end zone, while freshman Bryce Holm scored on his second career carry, finalizing an ISU victory 55-6.

Illinois State looks to improve on their record next week, as they take on a tough South Dakota State squad Oct. 5th at Hancock Stadium.

Thunder defeat Stampede 2-1 for first USHL win.

NORMAL- Last Saturday night, the Bloomington Thunder won their first ever game in the United States Hockey League (USHL) by defeating the Sioux Falls Stampede 2-1 in a shootout.

In front of 3,150 energetic fans at the US Cellular Coliseum, the Thunder overcame an early 1-0 deficit by tying the game in the middle of the second period on a goal by Van Barr. The game would remain tied in the third period and overtime before the Thunder won the shootout 2-1 to pick up their 2nd point in the contest.

The Thunder started out evenly with Sioux Falls before giving up the first goal of the night 5:18 into the first period. when Logan O’Connor fed Troy Loggins in front of the net for an easy one-timer goal. However, it would be the last time in regulation that the Stampede would get the puck past Thunder goalie David Jacobson.

Jacobson, who spent his last two seasons with the Stampede compiling a record of 22-6-4-3 with a GAA of 2.42 and a save percentage of .917%, stopped 29 of the 30 shots he faced that night, earning him the game’s first star . When his team fell behind early, Jacobson said he wasn’t too concerned about the early deficit.

“For me, being a three year guy, it was kind of just everything was fine,” Jacobson stated after the game. “There was 60 minutes to go play in a hockey game and for the guys I think they were like that as well.”

Jacobson would later go on to give a lot of credit to the team’s penalty kill, which killed off all five Sioux Falls power plays, including a 5 on 3 in the first period.

“I think the whole group of guys out there on the penalty kill deserves a lot of credit. We have a group of guys who were willing to sacrifice their body and were able to put themselves on the line for the greater good of the team and that’s huge, that’s what you look for and that’s why our penalty kill has been so successful in the Fall Classic and the two exhibition games and in this game.”

The Thunder responded 16:03 into the second period when Van Barr, who committed to play at Western Michigan, scored the first goal in the organization’s history on a one timer that was set up by Shane Bednard, a future Bowling Green Falcon. After that, both teams engaged each other in an intense fight for the win. By the end of regulation, both Jacobson and Stampede goalie Arthur Brey had performed admirably, with Brey making 27 of his 34 saves after three periods.

After neither team was able to capitalize in overtime, the shootout started out great for the Thunder when Tyler Gernhofer, who will go on to play for the Vermont Catamounts, scored in the first round of the shootout. However, Logan O’Conner would tie it up in the second round after scoring on Jacobson. After Jacobson stopped Dakota Joshua in the third round, Thunder alternate captain Vince Pedrie scored the game winner off of Brey to send the crowd home happy.

There was a delayed celebration by the team after Pedrie scored, with many minor and junior hockey leagues being decided in a best of 5 round shootout, instead of the conventional best of 3 round shootout in the NHL, causing the Thunder to think two more rounds were still to be played. However, after the refs gave the thumbs up, the team came onto the ice to celebrate their first win of the season.

“I wasn’t sure,” said Thunder head coach Dennis Williams. “We joked about it in the locker room with Vince. I thought it was five, and that’s why I put him out as the third shooter.”

Williams, who spent his last three seasons as the head coach and director of hockey operations with the Amarillo Bulls of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), was overall pleased with his team’s effort in the win.

“The biggest thing was they stuck together,” Williams stated. “Nobody got out of whack and if one guy kind of had a bad shift, the other four guys picked that guy up and that’s probably from a coaching standpoint we’re the most proud about.”

The Thunder will play their next game this Friday night at Chicago against the Steel before returning home the following night to host the Youngstown Phantoms. The puck drop will be at 7 pm.

 

 

 

 



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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?

Full Story Here.

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.