Semi Charmed Kind Of Life

By Justin Leoni

I have always considered myself to be a 90’s alternative junkie. I find myself listening to more music of that genre than anything else.  Out of all of my favorite bands from that golden era of music, I have always had an obsession with Third Eye Blind. From the lyrics, to the guitar riffs I have always found the music to coincide with many things that have occurred in my life.   After years of listening I was finally able to see the band perform live last summer at the Old St Pat’s World’s Largest Block Party in Chicago. Needless to say after one show, my fascination with Third Eye Blind grew larger & larger.

In January it was announced that the band would be returning to Chicago, with Dashboard Confessional as the opening act. To my excitement the venue was First Merit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island. I was able to see OAR a few years back at Northerly Island, and was blown away by the amazing view of the Chicago skyline. I purchased floor seats, and anxiously awaited June 26th.

The big day had finally arrived, and to my dismay the forecast called for a 100% chance of rain until the wee hours of the morning. Luckily the show was rain or shine, and certainly a little rain would never stop me from attending a concert or sporting event. Dressed in a black poncho that resembled a garbage bag, four friends and I prepared to rough it until Third Eye Blind took the stage. The rain never subsided, and my belief in weather people’s predictions grew just a little bit (not too much).

Third Eye Blind went on stage around 9:30 PM, and played until just after 11:00 which did not seem like enough even after two encore songs. The band is currently promoting a new album Dopamine, which is a totally different sound from which they gained popularity in the late 90’s. The band however knew that the crowd wanted to hear the classics, that many of us grew up with and still sing along with today. Classics like “Semi Charmed Life”, “Never Let You Go”, “Motorcycle Driveby”, and “How’s It Going to Be”,  were all played in their entirety. I left the concert with a raspy voice from singing, and the affirmation that Third Eye Blind still holds a special place in my heart. I recommend that anyone who hasn’t heard or seen this band to check them out the next time they stop in town.

 “I want something else, to get me through this
Semi-charmed kinda life, baby, baby” – 3eb

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Touch of Evil Review- Classic Crime Thriller

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by Joshua Winchester

In the annals of American cinema, there have arisen many great actors and directors, leaving their mark on the silver screen with works that have continued to delight audiences for years. But one of the true greats is a man who not only acted and directed, but wrote his movies as well. I am speaking of the late, great Orson Welles.

Throughout the years of his life Welles made many great films, Citizen Kane, Magnificent Ambersons, and the list goes on and on. But one of his films that I believe is truly great came at a later point in his life. It has been hailed as one of the last great noir films of the genre, with a cast of amazing actors, a plot so compelling it keeps you in your seat and cinematography that is astounding to behold. I speak of the great crime thriller film Touch of Evil.

Touch of Evil has everything a person could want in a crime thriller film. Action, suspense, gorgeous leading ladies, a handsome leading man, and Orson Welles filling the role of a villain who is so obviously vile and wicked it isn’t even funny.

Two things stand out the most in this movie. One is the cast…and what a cast it is. Charlton Heston is leading man in this picture, with Janet Leigh in the role of leading lady. Filling in secondary roles are such stalwarts of the big screen as Akim Tamiroff, Joanna Cooke Moore, Ray Collins, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Marlene Dietrich and of course, Orson Welles.

The cinematography in the movie is the second thing that stands out. Wide angle shots, tight close ups and the use of shadows as a means of heightening tension in a scene that showcases Welles talents as a director and storyteller.

If ever there was a film that stood out in Orson Welles career as one of his later great achievements, it is truly Touch of Evil.

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Drake’s Music Through The Years

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By Abby Nelson

There is no doubt that Drake is one of the top artist’s in the rap industry. Drake tops chart after chart, selling millions of units each time new music is released.

Drake got his start in the entertainment business as Jimmy Brooks on Canada’s ‘Degrassi: The Next Generation’. By the time he was laid off of the show, Drake had already been investing his time into writing lyrics and producing songs with good friend, Noah ’40’.  He befriended a man by the name of Jas Prince who had heard his music. Prince was a personal friend of the infamous, Lil Wayne and sent some of Drake’s music to Wayne.   A few days later Drake got a call from Wayne, flew to New York City to meet with him and the rest is history.

He is one artist that has stuck true to himself throughout the years and has not changed to fit in with the typical rap genre styled music. In present day rap, common topics of interest are sex, drugs, guns, gangs and money.  But Drake is the son of a Jewish mom and African American father who was raised in Toronto, Canada in an upper middle class neighborhood. He was never exposed to gangs and drugs. He can only write about what he knows personally. I have great respect for him because of that. He is staying true to who he is. He writes about love, love lost, family, and has true emotion in his lyrics. He may get flack for that but it’s what he knows best.

“Sometimes I’m working and sometimes I’m just waiting. I write about my life, I don’t write about stories. A lot of classic rap is storytelling, but it’s storytelling about someone else. Fictional stories sometimes. I can’t do that. I have to write about my life. So, sometimes in order to complete a verse the way I want to or to finish a second verse on a song when I’ve already done the first one, I have to allow myself to either live a portion of life I haven’t lived yet or something has to set in.”Drake, Interview with Q 

Even after years of success, Drake still releases mixtapes. In February of 2015, Drake released ‘If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late’ as a “mixtape” on Spotify. He pulled a Beyonce move, by dropped the tape without any promoting or notice. The mixtape went viral within hours. This collection of songs shows just how far Drake as an artist has come and how much he has grown as a rapper.

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The songs refer to his relationships with friends, family, and girls. The Drake you hear today is the exact same artist you heard on the ‘Heartbreak Drake’ mixtapes but he has perfected his craft. On this mixtape it shows. He is a more skilled writer. He has the ability of writing songs that people can relate to and understand what Drake is going through. He just tells his story with a sick beat behind it. He is a faster, more articulate rapper and listening to songs such as ‘HYFR’ he goes on a fast rant and shows similar abilities to Eminem. Eminem is known for his fast raps. When he raps, you can hear him articulate each and every word, regardless of the speed he is rapping. Drake over the years has picked up that skill. He is also a talented singer, so he has the ability to change the mood in his songs, shifting back and forth from singing to rapping.

He is a hard working, talented, versatile artist.

Fun Fact: Drake has had the same team of producers and engineers working with him since he was in high school making songs in his basement on cheap equipment. He stayed loyal to his friends who were putting in all the hours of hard work when he was unknown and now, those friends are recognized as some of the best producers and engineers in the industry. Noah ’40’ is recognized for hit after hit that he has created with the Toronto rapper.

If you listen to his collection of music from ‘Room For Improvement’ up until today’s latest release, ‘If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late’ you are hearing the same young Toronto artist that first hit the music scene in 2006.

“Kick Push” ft. Lupe Fiasco (2006) VS “Know Yourself” (2015)

Get the full story about your favorite hip-hop artist every Wednesday  on “Nels@Nite” only on WCRX, Chicago’s Underground from 7 to 9pm. 

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