Stuff You Hear

  • Some Underappreciated Beach Boys Songs
    Posted in: Featured, Music

    I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say most of us have grown up with The Beach Boys. When you were a kid you’d hear them on the radio, your mom or dad bopping along to every bah-bah-bah of “Barbara Ann”. Their carefree, sunny hits probably introduced you to surfing and fast cars, and who […]

  • Dare to Be Stupendous: The Poster Art of Ryan Duggan
    Posted in: Books, Music

    I have this fantasy that every city has its own amazing concert poster artist. You know the kind of posters I’m talking about: the screen-printed, bright-colored works of art you see at the best bars and venues. The thick-stocked signs you tear down and steal the moment you realize you’re going to the show. This […]

  • Mikal Cronin – MCIII Review
    Posted in: Featured, Music

    Mikal Cronin MCIII Merge May 4, 2015 Mikal Cronin is a grower. The 29-year-old Californian has three albums under his belt, and MCIII, his latest, feels like a personal culmination. He’s been readying himself for this, pushing his mature garage rock on each release. On his self-titled, the occasional Beach Boy harmony and flute solo. […]

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    The Heart Review
    Posted in: Podcasts

    A month or so ago, a friend of mine gchatted me. “I have a podcast I think you’ll really like,” she said. “It’s flame.” The Heart, she said, when I pressed her. Have you heard of it? No, I hadn’t heard of it. But I had a 40-minute commute ahead of me and I was […]

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    Sufjan Stevens at the Riverside Theater (4/23)
    Posted in: Music

    Sufjan Stevens as an artist always seemed to me as something of a recluse when it comes to his public life and persona. Never one to shy away from a large project, (a 5-disc Christmas album for example), Sufjan Stevens has allowed his musical work to speak more for himself than any publicity in recent […]

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    Mikal Cronin – Prairie Center for the Arts, Schaumburg, IL 2/21/15
    Posted in: Music

    I went to a strange Mikal Cronin concert on Saturday, February 21 of this year. Perhaps I should qualify that. The concert was strange because it was in Schaumburg, Illinois – not exactly one of the burgeoning garage rock havens of the country. The concert was strange because it was at the Schaumburg performing arts […]

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    Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly Review
    Posted in: Music

    Kendrick Lamar is a rapper from Compton, California. His 2012 album and major label debut good kid, m.A.A.d city is one of my favorite albums. The album had an overarching narrative with each song giving part of the coming of age story of Kendrick. The beats were great and varied and the album was lyrically […]