Episode 428: Bruce Springsteen's 'Western Stars'

Episode 428: Bruce Springsteen's 'Western Stars'

On his nineteenth album (and first in five years) rock and roll legend / Broadway star Bruce Springsteen is turning his gaze to the “West,” and the results are a totally unique, if not polarizing, new entry into his lauded body of work. Western Stars utilizes the sounds of late 60’s Capitol Records (Glen Campbell, The Wrecking Crew, Phil Spector) to color the stories of men on the frontier, not just of America, but the edges of their lives.

Is Western Stars a fine return to form for the Boss or a stylistic bridge too far? Tune in to an all-new episode of Discologist as we tackle these questions and much, much more.


Episode 427: Bruce Springsteen's 'Born In The U.S.A.' at 35

Episode 427: Bruce Springsteen's 'Born In The U.S.A.' at 35

Whether you see Born In The U.S.A. as Springsteen’s most significant achievement as an artist or just a strange, 80’s sounding outlier in an otherwise muscular catalog, it remains to this day one of the most potent statements about the down-and-out in America ever made.

Despite its rock ‘n’ roll sheen, misunderstood rallying cries, and anthems to nostalgia, Born In The U.S.A. was a hopelessly bleak look at what it meant to be an American in the wake of the Vietnam War that, thirty-five years later, still resonates across generations, class, and race. A monument to the ‘everyman,’ it marked the end of an era for Springsteen that, despite its darkness, finally launched him into the pop stratosphere that he and the E Street Band had been chasing for more than a decade.

On an all-new Discologist, we’re dissecting this classic to get to the heart of its persistent relevance today, how it shapes the long-view of Springsteen’s career and a particularly “moist” song that also happens to be particularly great.


Wild Moccasins @ DC9 [DC] - 6/5/2019

Wild Moccasins @ DC9 [DC] - 6/5/2019

Houston synth-pop trio Wild Moccasins are destined to wow you. The group, recently off a trip to SXSW, recently released their first record in four years, Look Together. The album was made in the aftermath of a breakup between singer Zahira Gutierrez and guitarist Cody Swann. Instead of breaking up the band, they crafted a powerful aural attack that demands your attention, easily seen in songs like “Boyish Wave,” one of the highlights of the night.  


Jamila Woods @ Union Stage [DC] - 6/4/2019

Jamila Woods @ Union Stage [DC] - 6/4/2019

"Oh, I'm different, I'm a cup of mild sauce" isn't just Jamila Woods's opening line on LEGACY! LEGACY! or how she began her sold-out show at Union Stage Tuesday night, but it's indicative of what she has to offer through her music and stage presence. LEGACY! LEGACY! , her latest album is unapologetically black, an embodies black excellence by plucking inspiration from African-American greats as seen in her track listing.


Marian McLaughlin Ensemble / Near Northeast @ Dupont Underground [DC] - 6/6/2019

Marian McLaughlin Ensemble / Near Northeast @ Dupont Underground [DC] - 6/6/2019

Marian is a Baltimore-based folk songwriter who leans to enunciating precise details of botanical and zoological fables over fingerpicked classical guitar. At the Dupont Underground she was able to bring her full ensemble of bandmates and collaborators to create the nuance and richness of her latest ecological record Lake Accotink.


Episode 426: Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Dedicated'

Episode 426: Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Dedicated'

Is Dedication, Carly Rae Jepsen’s follow up to her critically lauded 2015 LP E•MO•TION the realization of the pristine pop future that we were all promised or is it something…else. We’re digging in to one of 2019’s most anticipated releases to find the answers to this question and many more on an all new and {{{extremely}}} danceable episode of Discologist!


“Zora” - Jamila Woods

 “Zora” - Jamila Woods

Two albums deep into her career, Jamila Woods has helped carve out a small niche in today’s R&B climate serves a balance with introspection and political commentary. With her second album titled LEGACY! LEGACY!, the Chicagoan looks to inspiration from legendary artists of color from the past to lay a foundation for people of color to live life to the fullest.


Florence and the Machine / Blood Orange @ Huntington Bank Pavilion [CHI] - 5/23/2019

Florence and the Machine / Blood Orange @ Huntington Bank Pavilion [CHI] - 5/23/2019

On the opening night of Northerly Island’s annual concert series at the Huntington Bank Pavilion outdoor amphitheater, Florence and the Machine brought the High as Hope tour to a city finally broken from a merciless winter.


Episode 425: The Cure's 'Disintegration' at 30

Episode 425: The Cure's 'Disintegration' at 30

Thirty years ago Robert Smith and The Cure taught an entire generation how to experience the beauty of misery, and in the process made the best albums of their career. On the latest episode of Discologist, special guests Casey Rae and Wes Covey join us to talk about teenage feelings, commiseration through sound, and growing older with one of the biggest, most beautiful downers in music history.


IDLES @ Black Cat [DC] - 5/11/2019

IDLES @ Black Cat [DC] - 5/11/2019

At last week’s back to back sold out gigs at Rock and Roll Hotel, IDLES aimed their ideological guns at the growing threat of nationalism and anti-immigrant attitudes in their home country of Britain as well as the US. In addition to this hyper-relevant protest, they also confronted a more subtle and arguably more complex blight on society; masculinity.


Episode 424: Black Mountain's 'Destroyer' PLUS New Music From MOTORCADE!

Episode 424: Black Mountain's 'Destroyer' PLUS New Music From MOTORCADE!

On their new album Destroyer, Stephen McBean tempered their already ferocious sound in the forge of Valhalla and crafted one of the most thrilling releases of the year. Moog synth blasts, lakes of fire, and riffage for days make this rock-n’-roll fantasy essential listening for headbangers everywhere whether you’ve got a sweet 8-Track player in your van or not!

PLUS! Motorcade is unleashing ‘Oblivion’ upon the world and we’ve got one of your first listens to this killer new single!


Episode 423: Jamila Woods' 'Legacy! Legacy!'

Episode 423: Jamila Woods' 'Legacy! Legacy!'

On her new album Legacy! Legacy! Jamila Woods is channeling the voices of the artists and activists that have shaped her life and in the process claiming her place alongside them. A powerful meditation on the importance of self-love and the power each of us has to change the world, Legacy! Legacy! isn’t just one of the best albums of 2019, it is a cultural milepost that will continue to enrich and inspire for years to come.