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WRBB’s Top Ten Albums of 2019

Was 2019 a good year? That question is harder to answer than it seems. Some amazing music came out (see below), some great movies, and even some great TV shows. But history shows that when the world’s creative output is high (and more importantly, good), the world itself is in a sad state of affairs. […]

Whitney @ The Royale

Whitney w/ Hand Habits October 2, 2019 at The Royale The Chicago-based indie folk band Whitney stopped at the Royale on Oct. 2 during their whirlwind tour across North America and Europe. Fresh off the Aug.t 30  release of their sophomore album, Forever Turned Around, this was their first full tour in over two years. […]

Nashville make room – The Highwomen are coming through

The Highwomen have presented country music with a chance to change for the better instead of blend into oblivion. What constitutes a good country song? The bar seems to be getting lower and lower. Earlier this year, Blake Shelton’s “God’s Country” dominated the charts upon its release. However, the song itself delivers no claims or […]

‘Illmatic’ turns 25

Nas Illmatic  Columbia Records · April 19, 1994 In 1994, hip-hop was beginning to gradually move away from its fundamental roots dating back to the 1970’s in New York City.  The West Coast and G-Funk, popularized by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, were dominating airwaves all over the country. Alternative, experimental forms of the genre pioneered […]

Modest Mouse’s ‘Good News For People Who Love Bad News’ turns 15

Modest Mouse Good News For People Who Love Bad News Epic Records · April 6, 2004 Good News For People Who Love Bad News, the fourth studio album from Modest Mouse, was a departure from the group’s earlier work. Lead by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Isaac Brock, the band had just achieved critical acclaim for their previous […]

St. Vincent’s ‘Actor’ turns 10

St. Vincent Actor  4AD · May 4, 2009 Actor, St. Vincent’s sophomore album, is filled with contrasts: screeching guitars, Annie Clark’s heavenly voice, angelic string sections, and lyrics that reveal crushing anxiety upon further inspection. These compositional opposites can be viewed as a metaphor of the deception people have towards themselves and others, as stated by […]

Talking Heads’ ‘Fear of Music’ turns 40

Talking Heads Fear of Music  Sire Records · August 3, 1979 “To shake your rump is to be environmentally aware.” – David Byrne Born out of art school academia and the first wave punk scene at CBGB’s, Talking Heads was a group armed with intellectualism and intention. Unlike their New York City contemporaries, the Heads weren’t interested […]

WRBB @ SXSW: Top 5 Performances

WRBB’s Martin Gutierrez was down in Austin for SXSW last month. Here’s his take on some of the great music the festival had to offer! There are a lot of great things to say about South by Southwest in Austin, but nothing is more special than having the chance to see so many impressive musicians […]

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