Last Monday morning saw two hours of sleep and a big psychology test. All of these stresses suddenly seemed distant and unimportant when I ventured out into a mild November morning to buy a copy of Josh Groban's fifth studio album, "Illuminations."
What do they sound like?" is a question often asked when you tell someone about a new band. Sometimes, one can just say that a band makes rock music. Other times, the answer is more difficult, and we try to compare them to a better-known band. If the band is worth talking about, comparisons are difficult to come by. A band worth taking notice of isn't trying to sound like someone else or copy the latest "in" band. A band worth noticing makes its own sound.
On a chilly night, much of the city's youth and youthful gathered at local historical musical hotspot Sokol Auditorium to see Grammatik, VibeSquaD and the evening's headliner Pretty Lights. The cold weather couldn't stop a sold out crowd from dancing themselves clean on Nov. 15.
Bruno Mars has said in interviews that from a young age he was exposed to a variety of music including reggae, rock, hip hop, and R&B. He began impersonating and performing songs by Michael Jackson, Elvis and The Temptations. It's these artists' influence that listeners can hear the most of in Mars' debut fulllength album "Doo-Wops & Hooligans.'
The Sokol Auditorium was packed to the max on Friday night as a sold-out crowd jumped, bumped and cheered to the mashup magic of Girl Talk, aka Gregg Gillis, during the first stop of his fresh 40-city North American tour.
Reel Big Fish's recent return to the metro on Nov. 13 was another show for the books. The fun started at Sokol Auditorium with the quirky duo Koo Koo Kangaroo. Suburban Legends were up next, with an almost-boyband approach to ska music. These California boys had their horn section dancing most of the show, and closed out their set with the whole band doing a synchronized finale, reminiscent of N*SYNC.
Here We Go Magic bloomed from the heart of singer/songwriter Luke Temple, and over the past year and a half, it has evolved into an ensemble, working together and inspiring each other to play and create great music. After pulling together a group of musicians to record songs which Temper wrote, the band released a self-titled album as Here We Go Magic in March 2009.
Music theory professor Ken Bales is currently over 6,000 miles away on a trip to China with the UNO Jazz Ensemble. On the trip, Bales is discussing and discovering with students the concepts of art and music.
Though he's visiting a country with a very different culture, Bales is content. After all, there he can find music and his students, the two most meaningful things in his life.