Beck shows vulnerability on ‘Morning Phase’

Singer and songwriter Beck has worn many different hats through the years, both figuratively and literally – to emote the direction he’s traveling musically. Imagine Beck in 1996 during the release of his most-recognized album, “Odelay” – a ... Continue Reading →

Music industry on a rapid decline

As a kid growing up, music was something I could always confide in. No matter how difficult situations became, music was always there. It is an art form. It is something beautiful that comes in a raw format, an avenue for people to express their inner ... Continue Reading →
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Dum Dum Girls show growth on ‘Too True’

It is always interesting to see how bands have matured by the release of their third full-length album. That evolution does not always hold up, but very often it seems groups have found their voice in terms of tone and composition a few albums deep. In ... Continue Reading →

2013’s Top 10 albums run from rock to rap

10. Arcade Fire – “Reflektor” After months of making the late night talk show rounds, innovative marketing, interactive music videos, Arcade Fire have released their fourth album “Reflektor.” It’s an album for the night lurker. “Reflektor” ... Continue Reading →

Woodbox gangs up again for Shryock concert

After about two and a half years of separation, one of the city’s most beloved bands is back and ready to pick up where it left off. The Woodbox Gang, Carbondale’s self-labeled “Trashcan Americana” band, will play a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday ... Continue Reading →

Fourth-quarter music preview

Compton, Calif. native Kendrick Lamar has been releasing music since his debut mixtape, 2003’s “Youngest Head Nigga in Charge.” Since then, he’s dropped four other mixtapes and built some buzz from 2010’s “Overly Dedicated.” But it was ... Continue Reading →

Bankesters keep it all in the family

Some things run in the family. For the Bankesters, it’s music. And though the six-piece family band has made a name for itself in the bluegrass scene, that wasn’t necessarily the music the family always had in mind. “We didn’t even know what it ... Continue Reading →

Breathe Carolina to play at Shryock before Warped Tour

With hit single “Blackout” under their belt and another one on the way in May, electropop duo Breathe Carolina will be stopping by Shryock Auditorium Saturday. Kyle Even, a member of the band, took a few minutes to talk with the DE about the upcoming ... Continue Reading →

50 Cent should make music or get sued trying

The occasion to say so doesn’t come along often, so it seems fitting to take the chance while it’s here: 50 Cent is right. Robert Poindexter of The Persuaders is suing the superstar rapper for using a sample of one of the band’s songs without first ... Continue Reading →

Amateurs, pros howl at the moon at Yellow Moon Café

A singer doesn’t have to be a professional to howl at the moon, at least not at the Yellow Moon. The Yellow Moon Café in Cobden held its monthly Howlin’ at the Moon open mic night Saturday. The event, hosted by John Vitt and Ray Hogan, is open to ... Continue Reading →

Literature don’t do bookish rock, just out for a good time

Sometimes it’s nice not to have to think too hard about music. Most of the major indie bands right now seem determined to make music that the hipster-blogger crowd will shower with adjectives such as “layered” or “complex” between sips of Starbucks ... Continue Reading →

Husband, wife folkies celebrate two anniversaries

Maybe it doesn’t really matter whether it’s the years or the mileage. Folk duo Curtis and Loretta Teague are celebrating plenty of both this April with their anniversary tour, commemorating 35 years of playing together and 25 of being married. After ... Continue Reading →

Cabaret Decadance to bring sass, laughs to Varsity center

With its first full musical play, Carbondale song and dance troupe Cabaret Decadance will once again strut its stuff at the Varsity Center for the Arts Saturday. Though “Love Gets the Last Laugh” pays homage to many influences from the past, writer ... Continue Reading →

Alex Kirt gets the blues, old band back together

Since The Woodbox Gang went on a break with singer-songwriter Hugh DeNeal’s imprisonment for mail fraud, guitarist Alex Kirt has been spending his time with a regular solo blues gig at Tres Hombres and a new family-man lifestyle. However, his new band, ... Continue Reading →
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