Smith Westerns-Soft Will

There are a couple complaints I hear all the time about Smith Westerns. The first is that they’re a one-note band who keep recycling the same song over and over like Marge Simpson’s Chanel dress. The other is that they are quite boring. While I understand the first complaint (though I don’t agree with it), the second one just makes me think people aren’t listening … Continue reading Smith Westerns-Soft Will

Summerfest 2013 Preview and Playlist

Every summer up in Milwaukee there’s a festival for music fans of all genres. Summerfest runs the gamut from pop to folk, blues and jazz, techno to hip-hop and everything else in between. Over the course of 12 days the festival hosts something like a thousand sets of music. They feature headliners for people young and old with bands like Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, … Continue reading Summerfest 2013 Preview and Playlist

Spring Awakening Festival Preview

With the rise in popularity of EDM over the past two decades, I’m amazed that Chicago hasn’t had a festival celebrating the genre for a long time. We’re ten days away from the Spring Awakening Festival, in only its second year. They’ve put together another great lineup of talent from around the globe to keep the crowds moving all day and night. Last year’s inaugural … Continue reading Spring Awakening Festival Preview

Music.Defined.’s 2013 Summer Mix

I set out to make this playlist as a bit of a joke. Last week I saw something like a billion posts about the Summer Mix coming from a bunch of different music sites. “I could easily do one of those,” I indignantly said to myself. Cocksure and determined I opened up Spotify ready to go. Then I realized I haven’t put together a real … Continue reading Music.Defined.’s 2013 Summer Mix