A Tribe Called Quest is dropping a new album, the Cubs are the world series champions, and Blaqk Audio honor Peter Burns. All that and more on this week’s On the Radar.
So it has nothing to do with music, but history was made this week as the Cubs were crowned champions in the 2016 World Series. You don’t have to be a Cubbie to know what a struggle it’s been for the Chicago team. Having a dry spell that’s lasted for 108 years, the team became the butt of everyone’s joke. Even Back to the Future II made a dig at the team saying they wouldn’t win until 2015 (McFly was off a year). The city exploded with fireworks, car horns, and cheers heard up and down the streets. And good luck if you’re in Wrigleyville today. The party is still happening there.
But you gotta give props to Cleveland; they played a good game. They gave the Cubs a run for their money when they won three in a row. Even during Game 7 Cleveland came back strong after the Cubs’ lead. With the tie and the score being tight at 8-7, it could’ve been anyone’s game.
We are FINALLY the champions. Even if you’re not a sports fan or you favor the White Sox, you gotta be happy and proud of the Cubs. So celebrate, rock your Cubs hat with pride, and enjoy the parade. Does anyone else think work should’ve been canceled because of this victory?
The Return of Destiny’s Child?
Like many young girls during the 2000s, I was a fan of Destiny’s Child. At the time, I considered Survivor and The Writing’s on the Wall as undeniable classics. Over time, my tastes changed and I grew out of the band. I haven’t thought about them much since they reunited for Beyonce’s Superbowl half-time show in 2013. So what brings them back on my radar this week? The band launched an official Instagram account.
Of course, this sent reunion rumors spiraling. People flocked to Twitter with speculation of the girls getting back together. Sadly, Kelly Rowland squashed the rumors by saying there’s no reunion in the works to Elle Magazine. So for the time being, we won’t see Destiny’s Child anytime soon. But don’t count it out. Reunions are a quick way for bands to make money and fans eat up every minute of it. Guns N Roses’ Not in this Lifetime tour has already raked in over $100 million. New Kids on The Block’s 2015 tour made over $900,000 and they keep going strong with constant touring. They even have their own cruise and show based around it.
With so much money coming in, you start to wonder if reunions are genuine. Do these bands actually want to work together again or do they need some cash? We all want to imagine it’s the former, but with a band like Guns N Roses who notoriously hated each other for years, it’s hard to imagine things are nice and quiet behind the scenes. Some fans don’t even question this; they just want to see their favorite bands play together again. And that’s fair. Personally, I think bands are at their best when their heart is actually in it and it’s not only about that fat paycheck at the end of the tour. But hey, I’m just cynical. Besides the reunion I’m waiting on is Nsync. C’mon Justin! You know we want it!
Redemption for Double Door
Looks like the Double Door won’t be going anywhere, at least for now. The Double Door can stay in its Wicker Park location “until our appeal rights are exhausted,” said Double Door attorney Cary Schiff. Throughout the year, the venue has been fighting with their landlord over the lease and back rent. The court ruled in the landlord’s favor and said Double Door had to move out of its location by the end of the year. This prompted the owners to start looking for a new home in Logan Square. Though they won’t be moving for a while, they’re not stopping the campaign to move to Logan Square. Regarding the neighbor, it seems like a perfect home for them especially since that area lacks music venues.
Aside from the Double Door, other small venues like Beauty Bar were also in danger of closing due to a new ordinance that would force them to pay back taxes. At the time, the Cook County municipality didn’t consider live music, like rap and rock, as art. That ruling has since been recalled. This is a big win for small venues in the city.
These small venues are what keeps music alive in the city. All the big name acts want to hit up huge arenas or well-known venues, like the Aragon Ballroom. But these smaller venues will host acts that don’t follow the norm or who don’t have a huge following yet. It lets people discover new music and new bands to start obsessing over. Plus, so many of these places have a lot of character. The United Center looks like any other arena in the US, but a place Like Double Door or Bottom Lounge sticks with you. Hopefully, we can save our small venues from shutting down. Let’s hope they don’t meet a similar fate as the Congress Theater.
Who doesn’t love a good cover song? When done right, there’s something so satisfying about them. This week, Blaqk Audio released their version of Dead or Alive’s “You Spin Me Right Round (Like a Record)” in honor of the late Pete Burns. They posted the link on Twitter saying, “ And they killed it. It’s actually a solid cover of the iconic track, much better than Dope’s rendition. It got me thinking about other stellar cover songs and I haven’t stopped listening to them all week. Here are what I consider some of the best cover tunes:
“Ordinary Love” – Deftones
“Party All the Time” – Children of Bodom
“Man Who Sold the World” – Nirvana
“Sweet Dreams” – Marilyn Manson
“Smooth Criminal” Alien Ant Farm
“Mony Mony” – Billy Idol
“I Love Rock n Roll” – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
“Feeling Good” – Muse
“I Will Always Love You” – Whitney Houston
“Get Down Make Love” – NIN
“Psycho Killer” – Cage the Elephant
A Tribe Called Quest
Iconic rap outfit A Tribe Called Quest are gearing up to release their first album in almost two decades. Called We Got it From Here, Thank You For Your Service, the album finds them collaborating with some of music’s heaviest hitters. The record has contributions from Andre 3000, Kendrick Lamar, Elton John, Busta Rhymes, Consequence, and Jack White. With a line up like that, it’s sure to be an unforgettable record.
A Tribe Called Quest are one of the most iconic groups in rap music. Though they’ve released compilation albums over the years, the last time we got new music from them was 1998’s The Love Movement. At the time, the band stated it was their last album and broke up shortly afterward. Each of the members pursued solo careers post-breakup. The band’s future seemed sealed; we didn’t expect to get new music from them anytime soon. Judging from a new interview with the New York Times, they revealed the album was written after the passing of their brother, Phife Dog.
“It’s so hard for me to sit in there and hear his voice,” Q-Tip said. “Sometimes I just have to like take a break and walk away. It gets heavy. It doesn’t necessarily get sad, it just gets heavy. I literally feel the energy from him when I hear his voice.”
With so much emotion fueling this record, this is one you don’t want to miss. Make sure to pick it up when it drops November 11.