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Dawes @ The Bluebird 4/28

California folk-rock band Dawes will perform at the Bluebird this Thursday, April 28, in support of their latest album, 2015's All Your Favorite Bands. That record, released via HUB Records, finds the band channeling the same influences that made their first three records so great. 70s Laurel Canyon ...

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Diane Coffee @ The Bluebird 1/21

This Thursday, Jan. 21, marks Diane Coffee's debut performance at the Bluebird in support of their latest record, 2015's excellent Everybody's A Good Dog. The band, helmed by Shaun Fleming, established voice actor and live drummer for indie rockers (and Culture Shock 2015 headliners) Foxygen, is making ...

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Retroactive Review: The Arcs - Yours, Dreamily,

4/7 9/4 via Nonesuch Records https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kcewVcjtiE There’s always been a lot to enjoy about Dan Auerbach’s side projects. As a solo artist, 2009’s Keep It Hid proved Auerbach’s true mettle as a songwriter trading in the swampier depths of American music. As a producer, ...

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Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell - Sing Into My Mouth

Released: 7/17 via Brown Records 4/7 stars https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPqeZncpbuE Covers can be a mixed bag. At its best, a cover can extract something fresh and vital from its source material, making the song new again. Some of the best cover versions barely sound like the original at all. ...

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Wilco - Star Wars

Released: 7/16 via dBpm 5/7 stars https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2r82YRkLAQA It's hard to separate Star Wars from its sudden release in the middle of the summer. Surprise album drops aren’t as rare as they used to be, not after Beyoncé released her self-titled at the end of 2013. Since then, ...

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Houndmouth @ The Bluebird 12/3

This Thursday, Dec. 3, marks the triumphant return of Indiana-based quartet Houndmouth to the Bluebird. The band, touring in support of its sophomore effort, 2015's Little Neon Limelight, will be making its second appearance at the venerable Bloomington venue in less than a year. Their last appearance ...

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer #3

Some quick background: I am the self-proclaimed Star Wars expert of WIUX. I think my peers would back me up on this, albeit with some eye-rolling. I know the backstories. I know the names of starships. I know the best order to watch the franchise in (4, 5, 2, 3, 6), and I'll go on and on about why it's ...

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Conor Oberst @ The Bluebird 10/15

This Thursday, Oct. 15, singer-songwriter Conor Oberst will perform at the Bluebird in support of his most recent solo album, 2014's Upside Down Mountain. Oberst, who has released albums as part of Bright Eyes, supergroup Monsters of Folk, and punk rock outfit Desaparecidos, has still found time to ...

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Ryan Adams - 1989

9/21 via Pax-Am Records 4/7 stars https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9V-8VP5dnrQ How ironic is it that one of Ryan Adams' most enduring recordings is a cover? For a guy that's notoriously prolific (and prolifically uneven), he might be most revered for his iconic, haunting reworking of the Oasis classic ...

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Gary Clark Jr. - The Story of Sonny Boy Slim

4/7 via Warner Brothers Records https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvMd9KJrpg8 Gary Clark Jr. has been called "The New Hendrix" by more than a few publications since he exploded onto the scene in 2010. Those kinds of parallels create enormous expectations. Creativity gets smothered, and an artist's ...

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