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The Universal Appeal of a Red Solo Cup

Before you get on me about talking about the COUNTRY song “Red Solo Cup” by Toby Keith, let me explain. The image of a red Solo cup evokes many an emotion for ALL music lovers. It’s a universal symbol of good times, parties, fellowship, games, and bonding. Red Solo cups stimulate sensual memories of your…

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Review: ‘Oceania’ from Smashing Pumpkins

Q101 isn’t as bullish on the new Pumpkins collection as the Sun Times’ Thomas Conner, sans a few tracks.  “The Chimera” is the one we keep rolling back to over and over again.  However, To our ears, there aren’t any hits.  A few tunes are pretty damn solid though.  But what the hell do we…

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EP Review: Real Friends “Everyone That Dragged You Here”

Real Friends are a pop punk band from the suburbs of our beautiful city. This year they released their EP “Everyone That Dragged You Here”. Shortly after the release Real Friends exploded and solidified themselves as the top pop punk band in Illinois. Everyone That Dragged You Here is filled with honesty, frustration, and passion. …

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Your Favorite Pumpkins Song Is…Vote Here!

Rolling Stone Magazine wants to know what YOU think is the best song put out by the Smashing Pumpkins. The Smashing Pumpkins will release Oceania, their first full-length album since 2007, next week. The record is the latest entry in the band’s sprawling discography, which includes everything from double-disc epics and rarities box sets to concept albums,…

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Transit of Venus

Three Days Grace has just announced they are releasing a new album October 2, 2012. Three Days Grace, a Canadian band, formed under the name Groundswell in Norwood, Ontario, Canada in 1992. After a breakup in 1995, the band reformed in 1997 under its current name and with a line-up consisting of guitarist and lead…

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All American Rejects Don’t Care

When the All-American Rejects returned in March with Kids in the Street, expectations were high. After all, it was the follow-up to 2008’s When the World Comes Down — an album that continued their string of crossover successes thanks to the hit “Gives You Hell” — and powered by slick first single “Beekeeper’s Daughter,” Kids looked certain to continue…

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Album Review: Three Cent Cinema “Ages”

Three Cent Cinema have been carrying the pop punk flag in Chicago since 2009.  Now in 2012 they have finally released their debut album Ages.  The main thing I got from listening to Ages over and over again was pure emotion.  Now you’re probably saying “Hey Mike doesn’t every band put emotion into their music”…

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