Category Archives: Music News

Dave Grohl delivers astounding look at countries musical history

The Hound gives this episode 5 out of 5 stars

 

While I waited for the premiere of the HBO TV documentary series “Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways,” Friday night, I knew I was about to embark on a musical journey with the names and sites I’ve been learning about since I fell head-over-heals in love with music. Additionally, the familiarity of this episode’s material would be even stronger, as it centered around the deep roots of American music in my hometown: Chicago.

Now, going into the viewing, I had an unabashed bias, as Dave Grohl, lead singer and guitarist of the Foo Fighters and former drummer of Nirvana, happens to be my favorite human being to ever grace the world with their musically monumental presence. Grohl not only is one of modern rock ‘n roll’s biggest names as a musician, but also as a fan. In 2013, he produced and directed the fantastic rock documentary “Sound City,” which focused on the iconic Los Angeles recording and it’s hand in generating some of the most critically acclaimed albums of the last 40 years.

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Hitt Records offers Columbia diverse selection and welcoming atmosphere

In a college town, it seems like a given to find certain culturally “hip” places where young adults can bask in the uniqueness of these understated alcoves while searching for their identities. Whether it be tasting a falafel for the first time at International Café or coming across an art show in a North Village Arts District studio, certain Columbia businesses may not be fully aware of the extraordinary memories that haunt their walls from kids simply trying to find their way.

 

For Hitt Records co-owner and founder Kyle Cook, offering an environment with elements that are new and exciting while old and nostalgic, all the while catering to the idea of finding a place where one feels they truly belong, was all part of the plan.

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Jennifer Koh speaks about playing all over the world and advancing music education

This interview was done by The Hound for his college newspaper, the Maneater

 

For Jennifer Koh, the pressure of performing didn’t really affect her the way it does to most others. At 11, she performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, a world-renowned orchestra home to some of the most prestigious classical players, but surprisingly wasn’t scared of the magnitude of this moment in her life.

“At that age, I didn’t have fear in the sense of being anxious about the performance,” Koh says. “Maybe it was naivety, but either way it was just so fun and thrilling.”

Koh will be performing “Bach and Beyond Part III”at the Missouri Theatre this Friday.

Raised with an immensely supportive backing of family and teachers, Koh found her love for the violin on accident, when spaces for cello and piano lessons were full. After rigorous practice for all of her childhood, Koh struck gold early with the invite to join one of the US’s most esteemed orchestras for a night. From there, she was hooked.

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Young midwestern rockers The Orwells have true punk character

This interview was done in the fall of 2013 for the Hound’s college newspaper

Punk rock is not dead. Fluttering a bit, maybe. Yet life is all too apparent for the beauty of raunchy rock and roll, played best in dingy clubs or suburban garages with a group of exuberant teenagers looking for a night of thrilling musical wonder.

 

This claim can be backed by the up-and-comers who will be taking residency at Columbia’s Mojo’s September 30th: The Orwells. Opening for their companion punk-aficionados FIDLAR (standing for F**k it dude life’s a risk–truly punk rock), the Orwells have a growing popularity courtesy of their melodic blend of fuzzy, creative guitar riffs and outrageous live performances.

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Music Fest Guide: The Good, the Bad, and the Pricey

Grand news, boys and girls. It’s about that time of the year. In the coming months, the anxiety-ridden anticipation will finally be over, and music festival season will be in full swing. No other environment holds more sweaty, exhausted teenagers who seem to only know one phrase: “This is the greatest weekend of my life.”

It’s no shocker that music festivals have become an imperative element in any music lover’s summer. Speaking as a two-time Lollapalooza goer, I can attest that with the right lineup and adequate level of hydration, these fest’s are easily the highlight of every year.

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Court Yard Hounds (former Dixie Chick members) Interview

This interview was done in August by the Hound for his school newspaper, the Maneater

Made up of the sisters of renowned country group Dixie Chicks, Court Yard Hounds is a band looking to dismantle the label of being simply a side project. The band will be performing at St. Louis’ summer ending musical bonanza: Lou Fest. The fest will include a variety of rock shows, from the country starlets CYH to kings of alternative rock Wilco. In anticipation for their performance at Lou Fest, MOVE talked with guitarist/vocalist Emily Robison about concert fests, sisterhood singing, and creating their new sound.

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Brian Oblivion of Cults talks major labels, ceaseless touring and Beyoncé

This interview was done in January by The Hound for his school newspaper, The Maneater

 

Going through change is hard for anyone. For bands, change can lead to positive stylistic innovation, or a downward spiraling that leaves band chemistry incinerated. Even after a Jack & Meg White-esque relationship breakup between the two members and a change from small indie label In the Name of to major label Columbia Records, Cults, the NYC based experimental indie-pop group, has proven change wont stop their success.

Since the bands breakthrough track “Go Outside” was named “Best New Music” by Pitchfork Media in 2011, their popularity has skyrocketed, with their Passion Pit meets Phil Spector influenced doo-wop sound winning over indie rock/pop fans nationwide, including their current touring companions, the Pixies. Made up of singer Madeline Follin and multi-instrumentalist Brian Oblivion, Cults blend their twinkling electro-pop vibes with Follin’s ghostly, retro sounding vocals into an exotic pop concoction. Continue reading Brian Oblivion of Cults talks major labels, ceaseless touring and Beyoncé