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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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Neil Young | 10 Songs, 10 Stories

PHOTO BY JASON GONULSEN Neil Young makes his long-awaited return to St. Louis tomorrow night, playing a solo show at the Fox Theatre. The show is sold out. John Hammond will open the show. Here are ten of my favorite Neil Young songs, accompanied by personal stories. See you tomorrow. Heart of Gold Two distinct … Read more

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Farm Aid 2017: There’s a Warning Sign on the Road Ahead

ALL PHOTOS BY JASON GONULSEN Words by Jason Gonulsen “Stop Factory Farms.” My first time in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, and that’s what I’ll remember most. Farm Aid was back for its 32nd year. I thought of that many times over the day: 32 years. Thirty-two. Wherever you walked inside KeyBank Pavillion, you met a person wearing … Read more

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Neil Young Won’t Quit, Will Release ‘Earth’ on June 17

PHOTO BY JASON GONULSEN Neil Young won’t quit. And only Neil would do this: “Ninety-eight uninterrupted minutes long, EARTH flows as a collection of 13 songs from throughout my life, songs I have written about living here on our planet together,” says Young. “Our animal kingdom is well represented in the audience as well, and … Read more

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Album Review | Neil Young – The Monsanto Years

Written by Jason Gonulsen “It’s a bad day to do nothing,” Neil Young sings on The Monsanto Years’ opening track and best song, “A New Day For Love.” The rock ‘n’ roll icon’s band could be mistaken here for Crazy Horse, but it’s Promise of the Real, which consists of Lukas and Micah Nelson (sons … Read more

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Neil Young’s Pono Music Player: Believe the Hype?

Neil Young said at CES on Tuesday: ” “I didn’t listen to music for the last 15 years because I hated the way it sounded and it made me pissed off and I couldn’t enjoy it any more. I could only hear what was missing.” UPDATE: Paul McCartney Reboots Beatles Catalog for Neil Young’s Pono … Read more

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Neil Young at the Chicago Theatre

Photo by Jason Gonulsen New glass in the window New leaf on a tree New distance between us you and me Neil Young once sang “new closeness” instead of “new distance” during live performances of “From Hank To Hendrix,” and something always told me that was temporary. Or maybe it just really bothered me — … Read more

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Concert Review | The Bottle Rockets at Off Broadway in St. Louis

Somehow, the band from Festus, Missouri made it through. But it’s not like The Bottle Rockets have gone completely under the radar. In 2007, Stephen King (yes, the guy who wrote Carrie) called them “America’s premier bar band . . . often categorized as alt-country — by people who need categories.” They’ve toured extensively with … Read more

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10 to Spin | Song Preservation Society

Song Preservation Society is comprised of three friends: Trevor Bahnson, Ethan Glazer, and Daniel Wright. Their brand of folk is streaked with Golden State sunlight and has been compared to the likes of Simon & Garfunkel, The Band, Fleet Foxes and Father John Misty. Together with just acoustic guitars and a charming stage presence, the … Read more