Features Series: The Set List

Series: The Set List

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Top 10 Songs From the New David Bowie Boxed Set “A New Career in a New Town”

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Top 10 Songs From the New David Bowie Boxed Set “A New Career in a New Town”

Posted Dec. 12, 2017, 2:29 p.m.
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David Bowie, one could argue, is the most influential artist ever. I may get some shit for that comment, but he had done more to marry music, art, fashion, and theater into one arena than anyone before or since. His tendrils reach far into the fine arts world and everything he touched was way before its time. Even his last record Blackstar was cemented as an artistic statement, and this from a 69 year old, cancer-ridden, terminally ill, music veteran who could have recorded a sneeze and gone gold. All that said, it could also be argued that the "Berlin Trilogy" of records with collaborator Brian Eno was one of his highest peaks as an artist. Low, Heroes, and Lodger ...

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Top 10 Acts Worth Mentioning at Riot Fest 2017

Music Top 10 Acts Worth Mentioning at Riot Fest 2017

Posted Oct. 4, 2017, 2:31 p.m.
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Sometimes you reach a point in your life when something inside of you just breaks and no matter what you do, you can't fix ...

Top Ten Acts We're Excited About at Riot Fest 2017

Music Top Ten Acts We're Excited About at Riot Fest 2017

Posted Sept. 14, 2017, 10:41 a.m.
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Multi-day music festival Riot Fest returns to Douglas Park in Chicago for its twelfth year, September 15-17th. The independent music festival specializes in punk, rock ...

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Top 5 Songs Whose Meaning Eluded Us

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Top 5 Songs Whose Meaning Eluded Us

Posted March 19, 2012, 8:17 a.m.
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We've all had them - songs where the lyrics passed you by in a blaze of blissful ignorance, until one day you stopped and suddenly heard, as if for the first time, the surprisingly different words that the singer was singing all along. Here, in no particular order, SPB documents our five most confusing songs whose meanings eluded us the longest. 1 Frank Loesser - Baby It's Cold Outside I wish I had never read the lyrics to this song. Sure, nowadays we treat Frank Loesser's 1944 tune "Baby It's Cold Outside" as a Christmas standard (despite actually ...

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Top Five Acts We're Excited About at Pitchfork 2017

Music Top Five Acts We're Excited About at Pitchfork 2017

Posted July 11, 2017, 2:23 p.m.
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Pitchfork Music Festival returns to Union Park in Chicago for it's twelfth year (except 2005's "Intonation Music Festival ...

Top 5 TV Themes

Music Top 5 TV Themes

Posted June 21, 2016, 3:29 p.m.
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TV theme songs are their own art form: they aren’t singles and they aren’t cinematic scores. Instead, they ...

Top 5 Album Closers

Music Top 5 Album Closers

Posted March 1, 2015, 3:46 p.m.
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1 Devin Townsend – "Tall Latte" (Ziltoid, the Omniscient) Ziltoid is an impeccably funny album. Not only is the premise itself ...

Top 5 Bands That Never Topped Their Debuts

Music Top 5 Bands That Never Topped Their Debuts

Posted Nov. 25, 2014, 5:23 p.m.
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1 Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Destruction Admit it: you love this album just as much as everyone else. And ...

Our Top 5 Favorite Album Openers

Music Our Top 5 Favorite Album Openers

Posted Aug. 12, 2014, 5:34 p.m.
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The challenge of listing the definitive "best" album openers is perhaps impossible. While we're dedicated at SPB to challenging ...

5 Acts Not To Miss At... Beacons Festival 2013

Music 5 Acts Not To Miss At... Beacons Festival 2013

Posted July 29, 2013, 5:03 p.m.
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Boasting a packed, diverse lineup of bands and musicians, Beacons Festival has something for everyone. These are the acts which ...

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