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Bottle Rockets Learn How To Learn New Tricks

12/6/2018
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The new album from roots-rockers The Bottle Rockets explores technology and other changes that have occurred since the band formed in 1992.

Duration:00:05:31

Leah Marlene Makes Her Opening Statement

11/29/2018
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Leah Marlene said her debut EP “Arrows” is intended as her opening statement to the world as to who she is. At least right now.

Duration:00:04:53

Chicago Singer-Songwriter Pulls From Jazz And Classical Background

11/26/2018
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Jared Rabin's family has deep roots in music. Both his parents and grandmother were musicians, and his violinist grandfather Samuel Magad recently retired as first chair of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Duration:00:09:48

2018 Toys For Tots Silver Ball: A Bowiemian Wrapsody

11/19/2018
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Two Bloomington-Normal bands are again adopting English personas for the annual Toys For Tots Silver Ball Fundraiser at the Castle Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 24. This year’s title: Bowiemian Wrapsody.

Duration:00:04:59

Brandon DaZ Explores Sadness On New EP

11/16/2018
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A hip-hop artist with roots in Bloomington said he wanted to dig into an emotion on his latest EP not often expressed in rap music. Nor by men … at least in public.

Duration:00:08:47

Groovement Brings The Funk To Bloomington

11/15/2018
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Groovement describes its sound as “what you’d hear if Led Zeppelin caught a Soul Train with Grouplove and they threw a party while headin’ down the tracks to Motown.” The six-man funk-rock outfit based in Fayetteville, Ark., makes a stop at Jazz UpFront in Bloomington on Saturday, Nov. 17.

Duration:00:04:38

A Heavy, Propulsive And Melodic 'Moon' To Drop In Twin Cities

11/13/2018
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The Chicago-based progressive, atmospheric prog-rock band Moon has reference points that include Superchunk, Radiohead, Rush, and even the now Bloomington-based punkers Poster Children .

Duration:00:06:02

Lee Ann Womack Finds Comfort Recording 'Back Home'

11/8/2018
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Lee Ann Womack’s 2017 album “The Lonely, The Lonesome, And Gone” turns to darker themes than her critically acclaimed 2014 release “The Way I’m Livin’.” And those darker lyrics are often accompanied by a swampy blues not heard on a lot of country music today.

Duration:00:04:39

Inktrail And Disorganizer An Instrumental Cog In The B-N Music Scene

11/8/2018
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Two instrumental, improvisational bands have become two of the bigger musical draws in the Twin Cities over the past couple years.

Duration:00:06:02

How Bloomington-Normal Musicians, Artists Are Collaborating

11/6/2018
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Bloomington-Normal musicians continue to create new ways to promote their events and are even creating new venues for performances.

Duration:00:10:07

Smokers Blues Band Fine-Tunes Sound On New Album

10/23/2018
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Peoria's The Smokers Blues Band hopes its blues-rock music can be part of a broader scene helping unite deep political divisions among Central Illinois music fans.

Duration:00:06:09

Brett Conlin's Music Finds New Stories In Growing Up—And His Barber Shop

10/19/2018
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It’s not that Brett Conlin secretly eavesdrops on conversations in his downtown barbershop to mine material for new songs.

Duration:00:05:07

The Dead South Brings Tragedy To Life

10/17/2018
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The folk/bluegrass quartet The Dead South has been described as "the evil twin" of Mumford & Sons for their twisted lyrics that often depict violence and gruesome deaths.

Duration:00:05:43

Edward David Anderson Lobbies For Harmony On New Album

10/17/2018
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Bloomington musician Edward David Anderson recorded his new album "Chasing Butterflies" in the musically fertile Muscle Shoals, Alabama, area. He said he wanted to use musicians in that region to organically build and arrange his newly written songs.

Duration:00:05:03

Lucero Sheds Memphis On Latest Release

9/28/2018
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When the Memphis-based alt-country rockers Lucero plays the Monarch Music Hall in Peoria this Sunday, Sept. 30, they'll be performing songs from "Among The Ghosts," their latest album getting plenty of play inside Waiting Room Records in uptown Normal.

Duration:00:07:47

Central Catholic Grad Building Music Career In Nashville

9/26/2018
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Bloomington Central Catholic High School grad Ryan Latham said succeeding as a session musician and on-call live performer in Nashville is all about saying "yes."

Duration:00:10:10

Flaccid Finishes With A Flourish

9/20/2018
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The Bloomington-Normal psychedelic rock band Flaccid is calling it quits after six years. But founding member Nolan Kelly said members are not splitting without releasing a final album, and performing a final show at the Castle Theatre on Saturday, Sept. 22.

Duration:00:05:49

Music Helping Jeni B. 'Come Alive Again'

9/13/2018
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Bloomington native Jenny Bratcher-Crafton, a.k.a. "Jeni-B.," has an opera and musical theater background. But debilitating health issues sidelined the music career of this talented vocalist and songwriter just over a decade ago.

Duration:00:10:38

Twin City Musicians Pull Matt Garrison Back Into Music

9/12/2018
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Matt Garrison says bandmates in Bloomington-Normal cajoled him out of a seven-year music hiatus that began with the birth of his son nine years ago.

Duration:00:10:04

Professional Recording Studios Thriving In Twin Cities

9/10/2018
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Music industry experts have predicted the demise of the traditional recording studio for nearly two decades.

Duration:00:05:15