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Once I started appreciating rock and roll, and also blues, I became more interested in The Black Keys. Dan Auerbach may not be as good as Hendrix, but the “funk” or beat of their music is unbelievable. I have not yet been able to see The Keys live yet, but next time they come to Chicago I’ll be there. From what I’ve watched on YouTube, their concerts are crazy and full of energy which is what I love so much about festivals and concerts.

Their two best albums by far are El Camino and Brothers. Their newest album, Turn Blue, has not impressed me. Their sound changed from dirty blues rock to sounding more commercialized or pop. It’s understood though that bands and artists go through phases in different times of their life which you also need to consider. Although, when I watched the interview or jam session with him and Matt Sweeney, one of Rick Rubin’s guys, he shows Matt all these awesome blues riffs and really showed his skills at guitar.

One thing that made me like Dan even more was when he talked about old guitars having soul and have a story behind it. Every guitar has an owner and a story to go along with it which is exactly right. When you look at his guitars, they look used and abused, but that just shows how much time he puts into playing and living his passion through music.

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During my time at Lollapalooza Chicago 2015, Paul McCartney was definitely the star of the whole weekend. The crowd went on for what seemed to be for miles. He played some of his solo songs, and also some Beatles songs. He finished it off with Hey Jude, but came back out for a finale which, to name a few, consisted of Helter Skelter and Get Back featuring Alabama Shake’s Brittany Howard. Sir Paul made July 31st a night that I would not forget!

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mck3      The Milk Carton Kids are a duo that started in Eagle Rock, California in 2011. Their work took me by surprise and has opened doors to other folk groups as well. Out of their three albums albums Prologue, The Ash & Clay, and Montery, The Ash & Clay is by far my favorite, The Hope of a Lifetime being my favorite song off the album. Although the gig’s they’re playing at may not be the biggest, the shows that they put on are ones you’ll be sure not to forget, specifically at the Lincoln Hall in Ohio. When watching the performance, the song that blew me away was Girls Gather Around at 30:00. The Milk Carton Kids have proven their ability to write folk/americana songs is incredible. The combination of Joey’s travis picking on his old Gibson j-45 brings an amazing warmth to the albums as well as Kenneth creating harmony at the same time while his fingers are flying across the fretboard on his little Martin. Later on, their work will be considered Americana classics.