27 10, 2021

Sam’s Music Reviews: Music Exploration

By |October 27th, 2021|

Happy October everyone. Recently, I’ve been trying to expand my musical repertoire and explore new musicians/bands I’ve never listened to before. Spotify and Bandcamp have been two incredibly useful tools in my exploration. Every recommendation is a brand new album from the selected artist, and each artist represents a

22 09, 2021

Sam’s Music Reviews: Concept Albums

By |September 22nd, 2021|

One of my favorite elements to listen for in an album is a conceptual framework that ties the songs together. A concept album allows musicians to exercise creativity during the writing/instrumental/recording process. Whether the album has an intricate fictional storyline, explores different themes, or comments on current issues, the

19 08, 2021

Sam’s Music Reviews: Native and Indigenous Artists

By |August 19th, 2021|

Music is a mode of communication and education about lifestyles and cultures. Artists write lyrics about their identity and create beats that are a continuation of centuries-long traditions and customs. A group of people known for having such a rich cultural identity around music and dance are the indigenous

21 07, 2021

Sam’s Music Reviews: Chicago Suburban Roots

By |July 21st, 2021|

Happy July, everyone! For this month, I’m recommending four albums from artists/bands that have originated in the Northern/Northwestern suburbs of Chicago. Listening to artists that grew up where we live can bolster a sense of pride and accomplishment for our community and even enhance our listening experience.  For each

16 06, 2021

Sam’s Music Reviews: Queer Music

By |June 16th, 2021|

I hope everyone has been keeping up with Queer Poem-a-Day this Pride Month! Just like there are many styles, voices, and topics that go into queer poems, the same goes for music performed by queer musical artists. It should not come as a surprise that queer music does not

18 05, 2021

Sam’s Music Reviews: Movie Soundtracks

By |May 18th, 2021|

Last month, the Oscars took place a little later than usual, but that didn’t make it any less (or more) exciting. In the spirit of movies and the award season, I dedicate this blog post to the music that has accompanied great movies of the past. Music enhances the

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