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It’s Time To Say Goodbye

Photo by Jason Gonulsen You know it’s all beginningTo feel like it’s ending During my Sophomore year of college, I took a philosophy class. On the first day, the graduate assistant teaching the class walked in dressed to the nines. Suit, tie, shoes, hair neatly parted. He even had a suitcase. I remember the suitcase. … Read more

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The 30 Best Songs of 2019

Courtesy of Gary Clark Jr. First, these aren’t ranked. They’re just in an order that I enjoy. Oh, and the last three are cover songs. Here are the 30 that left their mark. Thank you, Jason

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The 15 Best Sad Bastard Songs of 2019

Down beneath the ashes and the stoneSure of what I’ve lived and have knownI see you so uncomfortably aloneI wish I could show you how much you’ve grown Life lesson: just because it’s sort of upbeat doesn’t mean it’s not sad. We cover our emotions well. So remember that when you’re listening to the 2019 … Read more

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[PHOTOS] Riptide Music Festival 2019

ALL PHOTOS BY JOSEPH MIKOS Riptide Music Festival was a blast in 2019 with artists such as Jimmy Eat World, Catfish & the Bottlemen, Barns Courtney,Heather LaRose, The 1975, Judah and the Lion, The Revivalists,ilversun Pickups, K.Flay, and Shaed all delivering blistering sets. Please enjoy these photos by Joseph Mikos and check out Riptide next year!

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Austin City Limits: Highlights From Weekend Two

Photo by Roger Ho for ACL Fest Austin City Limits: Highlights From Weekend Two Written by Elisa Regulski Cool breezes ruffled the trees as festivalgoers shuffled into Zilker Park. We were all here for the second weekend of the Austin City Limits Music Festival, but this wasn’t the typical feeling. Actually, it was the coldest … Read more

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[PHOTOS] Farm Aid 2019 at Alpine Valley

ALL PHOTOS BY CHRIS LAY Farm Aid 2019 landed in at Alpine Valley in East Troy, Wisconsin last weekend, and we had photographer Chris Lay there to capture all the action.  Farm Aid has always been festival dear to our hearts at Speakers in Code; the benefit show started in 1985 in Champaign, Illinois, striving … Read more

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[REVIEW] The Highwomen – The Highwomen

Yeah I want a house with a crowded tableAnd a place by the fire for everyoneLet us take on the world while we’re young and ableAnd bring us back together when the day is done Review by Jason Gonulsen Eight years ago, I met Amanda Shires in St. Louis. She had just finished her set … Read more

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[RECAP] Lollapalooza 2019 in Photos

ALL PHOTOS BY JOSEPH MIKOS Lollapalooza is alive and well. The four-day festival in Chicago returned on 2019 with artists from Lil Wayne to Bishop Briggs, and Speakers in Code photographer Joseph Mikos was on hand to capture the action. This was our seventh year covering Lollapalooza, and we hope to return. 2020 dates have … Read more

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Open Highway Music Festival Begins Today in St. Louis at Off Broadway

Open Highway Music Festival is back in St. Louis, and begins TONIGHT at Off Broadway. This year’s lineup features North Mississippi Allstars, Justin Townes Earle, Hayes Carll, Jade Bird, John Moreland, Caroline Spence, Tonina, Sleepy Rubies, River Kittens, Blue Lotus Revue, Cara Louise, and Elliott Pearson. Tickets are still available for all nights (VIP tickets, however, … Read more

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[RECAP + PHOTOS] Pitchfork Music Festival 2K19

ALL PHOTOS BY AMANDA KOELLNER Written by Amanda Koellner Would it be a music festival in Chicago without sweltering heat and/or torrential downpour? Of course not, and Pitchfork 2K19 sweetly offered up both, leaving many—particularly on Saturday—wondering: sweat, rain, or voluntary/desperate self-douse? Despite the less than ideal weather conditions (and wet hair), of course ample … Read more

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[VIDEO + PHOTOS] Wildeyes – The Beach House Sessions

ALL PHOTOS BY JOSEPH MIKOS Today, we are excited to bring you the latest installment of Joseph Mikos’ “Beach House Sessions” featuring Nashville-based band Wildeyes.  There are six videos in all, showcasing songs from Wildeyes’ 2018 album Beauty & Sadness. Please enjoy the videos here or below, and visit Wildeyes on Facebook or Instagram.

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The 6 Most Honest Albums of 2018

Instead of listing out what I think are the “best” albums of 2018, I would rather narrow it down to the six most honest albums of the year, since that kind of music is what really interests me. Hope you enjoy. Jason Amanda Shires, To The Sunset We’re often told to “let it go,” or to … Read more

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The 15 Best Sad Bastard Songs of 2018

Hello, Sad Bastards of the world! Speakers in Code is back with its annual Sad Bastard playlist, and 2018 did not let us down. Some dark stuff here, and it’s not all guy/gal with a guitar. These songs dig a little deeper. And if we say they’re Sad Bastard songs, then dammit, they are! Say … Read more

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Roots N Blues N BBQ 2018: The Six Best Moments

ALL PHOTOS BY JASON GONULSEN Written by Jason Gonulsen The Roots N Blues N BBQ Music Festival is quickly becoming one of my favorite music festivals, and I hope that the city of Columbia, Missouri knows exactly what it has — because it’s rare. The quaint, three-day festival is relaxing, it’s easy to navigate (only … Read more