March 11, 2013

Jim DeRogatis on David Bowie and the ‘Nostalgia Trap’

Tuesday is a big one for music: the release of the first David Bowie album in a decade. Most fans and critics are very excited - the owners of the record shop Exile on Main Street are even having a special 'David Bowie Day,' with the mayor of Champaign performing The Thin White Duke's hits, along with many other local musicians. But some people aren't so enthuasiastic. Jim DeRogatis was the rock music critic at the Chicago Sun-Times for years, and is one of the long-time hosts of Sound Opinions, a nationally syndicated public radio show. Count him as a Bowie skeptic. DeRogatis joins us to discuss Bowie's new record, 'The Next Day,' and the nostalgia trap that he sees many critics falling into.


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Singer Jonathan Richman rolls through the midwest this week.
February 27, 2013

An Evening with Jonathan Richman

Singer-songwriter Jonathan Richman is coming through Illinois this week. Alex Molotkow, the senior editor of Hazlitt Magazine, joins us to discuss Richman's career and to pick out three of his most essential songs.


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