Favorite Live Shows of 2012

Date December 12, 2012

As a result of certain life events due to transpire next year, I may not be going to concerts / festivals at the same rate I used to, so it’s a good thing that I went all out this year. This was my first year I went to Bonnaroo in addition to my usual Pitchfork [...]

Radiohead @ Bonnaroo (6/8)

Date June 18, 2012

Even though I’d just seen them a few months earlier, Radiohead was still my most anticipated set of the weekend and from the moment that their gargantuan, multi-colored LED wall and myriad of tilting, floating screens turned on, the band absolutely triumphed. I was closer to the stage then when I saw them at Scottrade [...]

The Kids Are Alright (Children’s Choir Mix)

Date May 15, 2012

Whether it’s Radiohead, Justice or Kanye West, lots of artists have used children’s choirs in their music and it can have the effect of sounding uplifting, cute, anthemic or just plain creepy. The Langley Schools Music Project album, Innocence & Despair showed that’s even possible to maintain the concept for an entire album and still [...]

Radiohead @ Scottrade Center (3/9)

Date March 14, 2012

Ever since seeing Radiohead’s headlining set at Lollapalooza 4 years ago, I’ve been eagerly anticipating the opportunity to see them again.┬áThe journey to the concert was an experience in itself, we almost missed the show completely due to a flat tire on the way from Peoria to St. Louis. Thankfully, we had some friends nearby [...]

musicforants.com’s Best Albums of 2011

Date December 27, 2011

(photo by cubagallery) Well, here we go again. Like last year, we voted for our favorite albums of the year and put it all together to make one definitive (not really), collaborative Best Albums list. We even all pitched in on writing some blurbs too. As can be expected, there are many albums we loved [...]

musicforants.com’s Best Songs of 2011

Date December 16, 2011

(photo by cubagallery) These are 50 tracks that defined 2011 for us, presented in highly unscientific ordered list form, with Matt’s songs marked with a “-MG” and my choices with a “-TJ” next to them. To better spread the love, there’s only one song per artist. Click the links next to the track to download [...]