Jam of the Week: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

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Artist: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

Album: Future Tower

Genre: Blues Rock (Modern)

Date: 2015

Sound: Badass and Loudass Blues

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Jam of the Week: Sufjan Stevens

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Artist: Sufjan Stevens

Album: Carrie & Lowell

Genre: Singer Songwriter (Modern)

Date: 2015

Sound: Somber, Personal, & Quiet (That’s a Real Bummer, Man)

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Jam of the Week: The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

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Artist: The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

Album: So Delicious

Genre: Blues Rock (Modern)

Date: 2015

Sound: Foot Stomping Country Blues Badassery

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The Best Music of 2014

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Well Planet Earth, I know I’m a little late, but it’s time to reflect on the awesomeness of last year in regards to rocking tuneskies. I can’t say it was the best year in recent memory, with a lot of highly anticipated releases not making the top list. Yet as always, if you dig deep enough, you’ll find some gems, so overall, 2014 definitely didn’t disappoint. Way to go year!

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Jam of the Week: White Lung

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Artist: White Lung

Album: Deep Fantasy

Genre: Punk (Modern)

Date: 2014

Sound: An unrelenting 22 minute assault of fury

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Jam of the Week: J.J. Cale

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Artist: J.J. Cale

Album: The Very Best of J.J. Cale

Genre: Singer-Songwriter

Date: 1997

Sound: Folk, Heartland, Country Rock, Blues, Ass-Kickin’

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Jam of the Week: Pink Floyd

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Artist: Pink Floyd

Album: The Endless River

Genre: Art Rock (UK)

Date: 2014 (Sort Of)

Sound: Moody & Instrumental Awesomeness

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The Ultimate Guide to the Great American Beer Festival

 

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Ah beer, the lifeblood of ‘Merica. So a review about a beer festival…on a music blog? You know I love beer around these parts. TRR even has a radio series called Mixed Brew where I crack a beer and see where the playlist goes from there. Beer and music go together like yin and yang. Potatoes and gravy. Simon and Garfunkel. Okay, I’ll stop.

Now if you love beer, the Mile High City is the place to be. They brag about their beer in California, in Oregon, in Michigan, and in Wisconsin, and I have to say, well done in those great states. But nowhere else can you find more breweries per capita or the largest beer festival in the country, The Great American Beer Festival.

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Jam of the Week: Godspeed You! Black Emperor

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Artist: Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Album: Slow Riot for New Zerø Kanada EP

Genre: Post-Rock

Date: 1999 (Not to be confused with the Prince album)

Sound: Moody, Noisy, Trippy, Awesome

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Jam of the Week: Left Lane Cruiser

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Artist: Left Lane Cruiser

Album: Slingshot

Genre: Blues Rock (Modern)

Date: 2014 (new, sorta)

Sound: Badass North Mississippi Blues

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