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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.

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


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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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Redbirds and Titans Join Together For Good Cause

BLOOMINGTON- Illinois State University teamed up with Illinois Wesleyan University in support for Lauren Hill, division three athlete, who is battling cancer.

Hill plays basketball over at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Doctors told her she only has months to live.

ISU and IWU teamed up on the Tucci Stadium turf to radiate their cell phone lights while forming the number twenty-two in support for Hill.

The event was filmed and the video will be sent to Hill and her family.

Lava Flow in Hawaii is Destroying Homes

NORMAL-A lava flow is destroying homes in Hawaii with the lava advancing up to ten yards an hour. The Kilauea volcano eruption in June has been spewing since its eruption reaching the scenic town of Pahoa on Hawaii’s big island forcing residents to flee their homes. 

The lava was within 70 yards of a home in Pahoa on Monday and continued to advance overnight. Officials say there is no way to stop the lava and are instead working on protecting the power poles from falling and creating road detours. 

Since the eruption of Kilauea in 1983, lava flow has added 500 new acres to the island and destroyed 181 homes, a visitor center, a church and a community center.

 

 

Bloomington City Clerk Retiring

BLOOMINGTON – A well-respected public official has announced her plans to retire in the next few months.

Bloomington City Clerk Tracey Covert will be retiring from her position after 33 years of public service. Covert worked for McLean County Information Services as Records Manager before beginning her job as City Clerk for the City of Bloomington in 1994.

“My time in public service has been filled with many opportunities and challenges, and I feel good about my achievements and those of this community,” Covert said.

“Tracey has a reputation of being one of the foremost and most respected City Clerks in the State,” said City Manager David A. Hales. He explained that Covert has shown great dedication to her job and worked above and beyond.

Covert’s last day on the job will be on January 2, 2015. A reception for Covert will be held in January 2015, with a search for a new City Clerk beginning soon.


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ISU and IWU Student Athletes Support Number 22

NORMAL- Illinois State and Illinois Wesleyan University student athletes lined the field to support a fellow athlete who is battling cancer.

ISU and IWU female athletes formed the number 22 on the IWU Tucci Stadium to film a video to support a Division III basketball player fighting brain cancer.

Lauren Hill plays basketball at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio. The women represented their own universities by wearing their team colors and  honored Hill by turning the stadium lights off and only glowing by the shine of their cell phones.

The athletes are sending a video to Hill and her family.

Illinois State Records Its Highest NCAA GSR Rate

INDIANAPOLIS - Statistics for the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) released Tuesday by the NCAA indicated an eighty-seven percent GSR for Illinois State, surpassing the previous all-time high for ISU by three percent. The Redbirds’ eighty-seven percent overall GPA is better than the national average of eighty-two percent. 

The GSR is based on student-athletes who received athletic scholarships and entered Illinois State between 2004-2007.  A total of thirteen Redbird teams recorded a GSR better than the national average in their sports and 5 of those teams achieved perfect GSR rates:  men’s golf, women’s golf, volleyball, men’s tennis and women’s tennis.

Federal Graduation Rate data was also released and yielded additional positive outcomes.  This data showed that Redbird student-athletes entering in the 2007-2008 academic year achieved a seventy-six percent rate, compared to the general student body, which had a seventy-two percent graduation rate.  The national overall Division I Federal Graduation Rate for student-athletes for that year was sixty-six percent.

This year marks the twenty-fourth release of institutional graduation rates since Federal Student “right-to-know” legislation was passed in 1990.  In 2005, the NCAA Division I Committee on Academic Performance implemented the initial release of the GSR in order to more accurately assess the academic success of student-athletes. 

Redbirds Hold Off Bears

NORMAL – For the third consecutive week, the Illinois State football team had to earn their victory in the 4th quarter. But in the end, they defeated the Missouri State Bears 21-7 at Hancock Stadium on Saturday night.

The win helps the ninth-ranked Redbirds improve to 7-0 on the season, for only the second time in school history. Tre Roberson led the way, completing 11 of 18 passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns to Scott Kuehn and James O’Shaugnessy. He also ran for 85 yards on the ground with a rushing touchdown, while Marshaun Coprich continued his impressive season by running for 148 yards on 31 carries.

After Kuehn caught a 28-yard-touchdown pass on the opening drive of the game, followed by a missed PAT from kicker Nick Aussieker, the Redbirds defense would have to hold off the Bears for the remainder of the first half before heading into the locker room with a 6-0 lead.

In the 3rd quarter, Missouri State took a 7-6 lead on a 30-yard-touchdown pass from Kierra Harris to Deion Holliman. ISU would not be able to respond until the 4th quarter when Roberson ran in for a 7 yard score. An impressive catch by Cameron Meredith on the two point conversion gave the Birds a 14-7 lead. After more defensive stops from the Birds, ISU sealed their victory when Roberson connected to O’Shaughnessy for a two-yard score with 5:40 left in regulation.

ISU would eventually run out the clock and win their tenth consecutive game at Hancock Stadium. “I’m proud of our team and the way they compete,” said head coach Brock Spack after the game. “We made a few more plays and that’s what good teams do.”

The Redbirds look to continue their rise in the national rankings this upcoming Saturday when they travel to Cedar Falls, Iowa to take on the 4-4 Northern Iowa Panthers. Kickoff will be at 4pm.



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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?

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.