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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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Golz Hired as Women’s Soccer Coach

Normal, Ill.- Illinois State has brought in Eric Golz to take over the duties as the next women’s soccer coach.He has proven his ability to compete on a national stage with 12 years of coaching experience and he will try and help Illinois State be successful and competing for national championships.

“I am very humbled, honored and privileged to have been named the next head women’s soccer coach at Illinois State University,” Golz said. “This is an absolutely incredible opportunity, and one that is a perfect fit for me personally and professionally.  I was incredibly impressed by their vision, the culture of the athletics department, and the Redbird pride that was so evident throughout this process.  We have it all at ISU. It is a highly regarded academic institution, one of the best college towns in America, and a soccer program that has consistently won MVC championships and qualified for the NCAA Tournament.”

Golz arrives at Illinois State following three seasons at Maryland as the women’s assistant soccer coach, where he helped a Terrapins’ defense that gave up the fewest goals for the program in the last seven years. The 2014 season also marked the sixth-straight season in which Maryland notched a victory against a National College Soccer Coaches Association of America (NCSCAA) national top-25 opponent. Throughout his 10 seasons as an assistant college coach, Golz demonstrated that his coaching ability made him one of the nation’s top assistant coaches.

“We are going to strive for excellence in all capacities of the student-athlete experience, and we are going to put in a tremendous amount of work to build on our storied history and ensure that our future is even brighter,” Golz continued.

At Maryland, Golz was also the team’s recruiting coordinator, where he put together three-straight top-25 recruiting classes. The Terps finished the 2012 season in second place of the Atlantic Coast Conference, which tied the highest conference finish in program history.  During his three seasons at Maryland, Golz helped the team to two ACC Tournament appearances, including a conference championship berth in 2012, as well as one NCAA Tournament appearance. In 2012, the Terrapins were ranked No. 16 in the final NSCAA national poll, while Golz coached five All-ACC student-athletes during his tenure at Maryland.

“I am pleased to announce that Eric Golz has accepted the position of head coach for our women’s soccer program,” Lyons said. “There was significant interest from head coaches and high level assistant coaches from across the country.  Our search process was thorough, and Eric emerged as the right person to lead our program. His passion for the sport of soccer, as well as his exceptional ability to teach and coach and develop the student-athlete stood out. He has significant ties to the Midwest, which will be crucial to his ability to recruit high level talent. He will be a great fit in our department, on campus and in our community. Illinois State soccer is in good hands and we are very excited about the future under Eric’s leadership.”

Coaching at Maryland was not Golz’s first time with the ACC or Big Ten conference, as he spent the 2009 season as an assistant coach at Clemson, where he also served as the recruiting and video coordinator. While with the Tigers, Golz created and implemented Team Desktop Recruiting Software, which allowed for more efficient organization and maintenance of contact with prospective student-athletes. Under Golz’s coordination, the Tigers’ 2011 recruiting class featured verbal commitments from players in each of the four regions of the United States.

Golz is also no stranger to the Midwest and the Big Ten, as he spent three seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Iowa. In his three seasons, he helped recruit three classes, which included eight Region II ODP members and one National Team player. Golz also served as the Hawkeyes’ equipment coordinator and camp coordinator.

Golz spent the 2004 and 2005 seasons as an assistant coach at Bowling Green, helping the Falcons to their first two NCAA tournament berths, thanks to back-to-back MAC tournament championships. He also served as Bowling Green’s recruiting, academic and travel coordinator. Prior to working at BGSU, Golz spent a season as the assistant men’s coach at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania.

“There is a great current group of players, and I am eager to meet, coach and build relationships with all of them.  I am proud to be joining the Redbird family, and cannot wait to get to campus and get started,” said Golz

Welcome to the Redbird family Coach Golz!

 

 

Closing Arguments Underway in Compton Murder Trial

BLOOMINGTON – The closing arguments are currently underway in the murder trial of Nicholas Compton.

Compton is charged with first degree murder in the death of three-year-old Robbie Kramer. The prosecution in this trial argues that Compton abused Kramer, while the defense states that it was an accident.

The murder trial began January 5. Several people have testified including the child’s mother, Danielle Fisher. Fisher faces charges in a separate trial.

The WZND newsroom will keep you up to date on this trial and the verdict.

Update: Bone Student Center Boil Order

NORMAL – The town of Normal is still in the process of restoring water.

Tuesday afternoon the College Avenue and School Street water main burst leaving the Bone Student Center on water shutdown.

There is a boil order today at the BSC until further notice. Posters on every door to the building will warn of the situation with the water inside.

Once again, there will be no food service in the Bone Student Center today due to the boil order. The WZND Newsroom will keep you updated on this story.


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Spack Signs Contract Extension Through 2021

NORMAL – Illinois State football head coach Brock Spack has built a consistent, winning program in his six seasons at ISU and has committed to continuing that success, as Illinois State Director of Athletics Larry Lyons announced a contract extension today that will keep Spack as the head coach through at least the 2021 season. Spack’s salary will increase to $300,000, beginning with the 2015 season.

Spack has compiled a 46-26 record in six seasons at Illinois State and has led the Redbirds to winning campaigns in five of those six years. The 2014 Missouri Valley Football Conference Coach of the Year and two-time Eddie Robinson Award Finalist has guided the Redbirds to a pair of playoff appearances in the last three seasons and led ISU to its first-ever appearance in the FCS Championship game in 2014-15.

The 2014-15 season was a historic one, as the Redbirds set a school record for wins in a season with a final record of 13-2. Along the way, ISU set single-season records in 16 different categories and earned the program’s first conference championship since the 1999 season. The Redbirds defeated seven nationally-ranked opponents on their way to the FCS Championship game, including No. 1-ranked and top-seeded New Hampshire in the semifinals. That victory propelled ISU into the program’s first-ever FCS National Championship game in Frisco, Texas, against MVFC rival and three-time defending national champion North Dakota State in the first-ever FCS Championship game pitting two teams from the same conference.

Spack’s student-athletes have also performed in the classroom, with record-setting team grade-point averages set over the past three semesters. The Redbirds also set an in-season GPA record of 2.87 in the Fall of 2014, while they were making their historic run in the playoffs.

 

IWU Athletic Director Announces Retirement

Illinois Wesleyan University athletic director Denny Bridges, whose association with the school dates back to enrolling as a freshman in 1957, has announced he will retire on July 31, 2015, the end of his current contract with the University.

A national search will begin immediately to find a replacement for Bridges. Bridges took over for as athletic director in 1981 and served a dual role as men’s basketball coach and athletic director until 2001. During Bridges’ tenure as athletic director, the Shirk Center and Fort Natatorium have been constructed, varsity swimming returned for men and was added for women, while men’s and women’s soccer, women’s cross country, women’s golf and men’s and women’s lacrosse have been added as varsity sports.

After coaching the men’s basketball team to the Division III national title in 1997, Bridges has seen IWU teams win national championships in women’s indoor track, women’s outdoor track, baseball, and women’s basketball.

Bridges coached in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin longer and won more league championships than any other coach in CCIW history, finishing with a CCIW mark of 421-129 and 17 titles, a total twice as many as any other CCIW team in that period. One of Bridges’ greatest recruiting classes came in 1973, when his freshman class included Jack Sikma of St. Anne High School. Sikma is IWU’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder and played 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association for the Seattle SuperSonics and Milwaukee Bucks.

 

Storm beat Thunder 6-2, Sweep Weekend Series.

NORMAL IL- One night after suffering a close loss to the Tri-City Storm 1-0, the Bloomington Thunder were hoping to get a little payback on Sunday evening. Instead, the Storm scored early and often to beat the Thunder 6-2 at the US Cellular Coliseum and sweep the weekend series.

Tri-City got things going quickly, scoring three goals in a span of  1:06 by Kevin Kerr, Mason Appleton, and Jake Wahlin in the first period. Wahlin’s goal would ultimately end Bloomington starting goalie Logan Halladay’s night, as he would be replaced by last night’s starter, Hayden Lavigne. Tri-City would get one more goal by Bobby Nardella before heading into the first intermission up 4-0.

Nick Master would take over for the Tri-City offense after that, scoring goals for the Storm in both the second and third period. Matt Mendelson and  Jack Jenkins each would score a goal in the third period for the Thunder, but it was far too late by then. Jared Rutledge, who surrendered three goals in a relief appearance with the Green Bay Gamblers against the Thunder at the beginning of the season, stopped 23 of the 25 shots he faced in net for the Storm.

This loss especially hurts the Thunder’s morale, as they are in desperate need to earn points in order to contend for a playoff spot. Heading into this game, they trailed the Madison Capitols by 10 points for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

“It’s gut check time,” said Assistant Coach Dan Jewell after the game. “We hit the road right now and have a 12 o’clock start tomorrow and a four and a half hour bus ride, and it’s a testament to these guys to see what we can do.”

The Thunder now must travel and face the Muskegon Lumberjacks Monday at 12:15 pm. After that, they will return home to the US Cellular Coliseum to face the Capitols this Friday night with puck drop scheduled at 7 pm.

 



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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.