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New music is a highlight of a difficult year

New music is a highlight of a difficult year
Eva McNally December 27, 2020

2020 was a year unlike any other and music played a vital role in keeping us all sane. Despite all its challenges, 2020 was a big year for music. Quarantine allowed us to revisit old albums and discover...

Sen Morimoto lets sax rest this time round in new self-titled album

The Chicago multi-instrumentalist puts on impressive show of emotion in new double record.
Ethan McKaig November 21, 2020

Sen Morimoto’s self-titled sophomore studio release is a masterclass in calculated and streamlined sound. Released on Oct. 23, the 15 song record opens the book of Morimoto’s life, and richly develops...

Glass Animals virtual concert is a success

Eva McNally November 21, 2020

Following the release of their third studio album Dreamland, four-man indie-rock band Glass Animals performed a live stream concert in mid-October. The four members are: lead singer Dave Bayley, drummer...

Beabadoobee changes pace on new album

Beabadoobee explores the new terrain of alt-rock in her new album Fake It Flowers.
Eva McNally November 20, 2020

British-Filipino singer-songwriter, Beatrice Laus, professionally known as Beabadoobee, recently released her debut studio album entitled Fake It Flowers. Bea had been on the rise when she embarked on...

Music classes explore virtual options

A student's laptop sits open for orchestra class. Virtual music classes have been especially challenging.
Sophia Wiley October 15, 2020

With all courses being virtual this school year, some may wonder about the technicalities of music classes. Like all teachers, Karen Frink, orchestra director, and Bryan Kujawa, band director, are trying...

Mobile Music Series showcases local bands

Mixtape MKE performs as part of the Mobile Music Series on the back of the RAD Wagon. This series has allowed for live music to continue during COVID times.
Sophia Wiley October 15, 2020

Taking off in June, Shorewood’s Business Improvement District (BID) introduced the Mobile Music Series, an event that brings live bands around the community with the help of a wagon.  “Back in...

Joji’s new album Nectar satisfies listeners with wide range of styles

The cover of Joji's new Album, Nectar. The album features a wide range of styles from piano ballads to fast-paced tunes.
Eva McNally October 15, 2020

Japanese singer-songwriter, George Kusunoki Miller, professionally known as Joji, recently released his second studio album entitled Nectar. The album was intended to be released earlier this summer, but...

Music education isn’t just for the classroom

Nicholas Emanuelson, junior, plays his cello in his living room. His parents are both high school orchestra teachers and make sure he practices daily.
Shannon Carlson and Sophia Wiley January 9, 2020

In a family of violinists, Nicholas Emanuelson, junior, is the only cellist. His parents, John Emanuelson and Karen Frink, signed him up for cello lessons at the age of five.  His father is the...

Courtney Barnett’s MTV Unplugged is an undeniable gem

Courntey Barnett during her performance on MTV Unplugged. The live album was released on Dec. 6, 2019.
Ethan McKaig January 4, 2020

On Dec. 6, Courtney Barnett, the Australian born singer-songwriter and musician, released her “MTV Unplugged” performance. Consisting of 8 acoustic songs (43 minutes), both original and covers, they...

Dreamy new jazz album “Resavoir” soars

The cover of Resavoir's first single off the album, Escalator. The song was released in January 2019.
Ethan McKaig September 28, 2019

What music plays in your dreams? The dreams where you are flying; where you are floating in the middle of the ocean; where you are sitting on a cloud. What music goes along with those images? I've found...

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