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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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Icy Roads cause trouble, cancellations in Central Illinois

NORMAL – Freezing rain caused icy roads and a rough morning commute for Central Illinois travelers on Tuesday.

Police responded to a series of accidents. McLean County Sheriff’s Office issued a collision alert until further notice.

Illinois State and Illinois Wesleyan universities delayed their openings along with many other colleges. Unit 5 and District 87 canceled classes and a number of businesses, including State Farm, delayed their openings.

The National Weather Service says periods of light freezing rain and sleet will continue through the morning. The weather service says rainfall amounts are light, but there is enough icing to produce dangerous driving conditions, especially on secondary roads, bridge decks and overpasses.

 

Veterans Parkway to Begin Construction Next Week

NORMAL- Starting  next week Veteran Parkway will begin phase two of construction on the bridge near Interstate 74.  Drivers will need to alter routes.

The following exists will be affected:

Southbound Veterans to eastbound I-74

Westbound I-74 to northbound Veterans

Westbound I-74 to southbound I-55

Eastbound I-74 to northbound Veterans

There will be detours for each exit.  To get onto northbound Veterans from westbound I-74 drivers will be detoured to Market Street.  A Shirley Road exit will be the detour for those traveling on southbound Veterans looking to enter eastbound I-74.  Traffic coming from both eastbound and westbound I-74 looking to exit onto northbound Veterans will be detoured to Main Street.

The construction will be used for both beam replacement and new signs.  Lane reduction on I-74 will occur during the construction.  There are some nights expected to have the area closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. but only around eight or nine times.  Construction is expected to end in either July or August.

 

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Paul DeJong Named MVC Male Scholar Athlete of the Week

NORMAL – Illinois State’s Paul DeJong has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Male-Scholar Athlete of the Week.

DeJong has been an asset to the ISU baseball team, playing as infielder and catcher in three consecutive game wins against Southeast Missouri State this past weekend in St. Charles, Louisiana. The Illinois State baseball squad is currently 4-2 on the season.

Paul also holds a 3.79 GPA and is majoring in biochemistry for pre medicine. He has started all six games for the ‘Birds and is batting an incredible .423, belting four home-runs.

ISU will head to Nashville to take on defending College World Series Champion Vanderbilt in a three-game series, beginning on Friday.


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Thunder hold on to beat the Steel 3-2.

NORMAL- With the Golden Jet Bobby Hull in attendance, the Bloomington Thunder earned a close victory over their local rivals in the Chicago Steel by the score of 3-2 on last Sunday afternoon at the US Cellular Coliseum.

While Hull both involved in the ceremonial puck drop and signing autographs for fans as part of the team’s promotional themed, “Blackahawks Day,” the Thunder gave the crowd something else to cheer for by ending their three game losing streak. Logan Lamdin got the scoring spree started for the Thunder by scoring his eighth goal of the season almost six minutes into the game. But Jacob Slaker took it up a notch when he scored a short handed goal a few minutes later after a turnover forced by Patrick Curry, giving the Thunder a two goal lead.

After Blackhawks draft pick Frederik Olofsson scored an unassisted goal towards the end of the first period for the Steel, Blake Gober scored the eventual game winning goal on a rebound from a shot by Nikolas Koberstein on the power play in the second period. A Tyler Sifferlen goal in the third period would not be enough for the Steel, as Thunder goalie Logan Halladay made 25 saves for the win.

One of the biggest stories for the Thunder in the game was the debut of foreword Mitchell Mattson, a prospect player who just finished playing his final season of high school hockey in Minnesota. Mattson would make one of the biggest plays of the game when he stole the puck from the Steel and fed Lamdin for the Thunder’s first goal of the game. With the assist, Mattson scored his first point in his USHL career.

“It was a nice first game for him,” said Thunder head coach Dennis Williams after the game. “You can see that conditioning is an issue for him, but that’s tough when you’re coming out of high school and you’re thrown against Chicago. But I’m really happy with how he played and he’s only going to get better and better.”

The Thunder’s next game will be this Saturday back at the Coliseum when they host the Madison Capitols this Saturday night with puck drop scheduled for 7 pm.

ISU Men’s Basketball – MVC Tournament Preview

NORMAL – It was an exciting end to the Missouri Valley Conference regular season on Saturday. #11 ranked Wichita State took down #10 Northern Iowa for the MVC title, while in Indiana, Illinois State won an overtime thriller vs. Evansville 69-67.

 The ISU Redbirds finished the regular season with an overall record of 19-11 and 11-7 in the Valley.

Up next is the MVC tournament, or “Arch Madness”, starting Thursday, March 5.

ISU has received the fourth seed with an intriguing rematch against Evansville in the second round. Evansville will be the fifth seed in the MVC tournament posting a record of 19-11 and 9-9 in conference. The Redbirds swept Evansville in the regular season series with a blowout victory at home in early February 77-51 and Saturday’s overtime win.

The third game between these two teams will be at a neutral location in St. Louis where the Scottrade Center will host Arch Madness. The full slate can be seen here, Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Bracket.

ISU guard DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell looks to continue his late season success with an average of 18 points in his past three games. Akoon-Purcell struggled in the first game vs. Evansville this season with a total of five points and a .250 shooting percentage. He was more sufficient on Saturday recording nine rebounds and 16 points.

D.J. Balentine leads the Evansville Purple Aces averaging 19 points and over three assists a game. In his two meetings this year with Illinois State, Balentine put up 12 points in the February matchup and 22 on Saturday.

For the rest of the tournament, first round play will start Thursday with Missouri State and Southern Illinois at 6 p.m. Also on Thursday, Drake and Bradley will meet at 8:30 p.m.

Quarterfinals will start Friday with Wichita State taking on the winner of Missouri State and SIU (12 p.m.). Northern Iowa will face Drake or Bradley (6 p.m.). Also, Indiana State will take on Loyola (IL) at 8:30 p.m.

ISU and Evansville are set for tipoff at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6. Listen live for game coverage here on WZND.com or 103.3 FM.

The tournament will continue Saturday with the championship game on Sunday, March 8 at 1 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ISU Softball Continues Tough Non-Conference Schedule

The Illinois State softball team is no stranger to facing tough competition in the early portion of their season.

That trend will continue this weekend as the Redbirds travel to College Station, Texas for five games in three days. Two of those games will include yet another ranked opponent, as ISU will face off with 22nd-ranked Texas A&M to end both Friday and Saturday’s doubleheaders. The Redbirds will open both doubleheaders with Texas San Antonio before closing the weekend on Sunday versus Boston University.

Illinois State currently sits at 6-9 on the young season, but that may speak more about their competition than the team’s performance. The Redbirds have played six ranked opponents so far, with four of those games coming against teams ranked in the top ten. In fact, ISU has played top-ranked Florida twice including a close 4-1 loss last weekend. Illinois State also played the nation’s toughest non-conference schedule last season.

The Redbirds have been led early on by do-it-all junior Regan Romshek, who leads the team both on the mound and offensively. Romshek has five wins in the circle, while also batting a team-high .326 with nine extra base hits. Sophomores Jordan de los Reyes and Annie Heineman are also everyday starters who have hit over .300 in the early going.

Illinois State will take one more road trip south to Louisville, Ky. and Knoxville, Tenn. over Spring Break before opening Missouri Valley play at their home opener on Sat., March 14th versus Northern Iowa.



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

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Full Story Here.