Top 20 Albums of 2011: Part One 20-11

Originally¬† I was just going to do a top ten and be done with it. I got my ten selected, took a look, and thought about how much music got left off. It isn’t 20-11’s fault that so much great music came out this year, so why punish them? Last year I separated things into lists for local bands and national acts. This year I’ve … Continue reading Top 20 Albums of 2011: Part One 20-11

The Vaccines at Schubas-Official Lollapalooza Aftershow

A couple things to know before I review this show. One, Freddie (pictured above in white) was celebrating his birthday last night at the show. Two, about a month ago I incorrectly predicted that The Vaccines would come from distant odds to win the Barclaycard Mercury Prize for 2011. They were not nominated, which puts a bit of a damper on that. Though they may … Continue reading The Vaccines at Schubas-Official Lollapalooza Aftershow

10 Bands You Must See At Lollapalooza; and 10 To Skip

I won’t be attending Lollapalooza this year. No one on the bill jumped out at me as being worth buying a three-day pass, and the one-day pass system is just silly to me. Why would I pay $90 to see three or four bands I could see for $8-10 each¬†in an air conditioned club? However, a hundred thousand or so of you WILL be attending, … Continue reading 10 Bands You Must See At Lollapalooza; and 10 To Skip

What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?

In just a couple of weeks this year’s nominees for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize will be announced. This prize is given yearly for the Best British Album as chosen by a group of musicians and executives as an alternative to the regular Brit Awards. The early frontrunner to win the prize is PJ Harvey for her album Let England Shake. Other names mentioned as being … Continue reading What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?