Archive for March 14th, 2022

March 14, 2022

Week Starter – Electric Candlelight

Week Starter is our Monday column where we give you a new song to help you get on out of bed & help you power on through the working week.

It’s spring break week here in the midwestern college town that PE is based in, and though our days of storming the beaches of Florida like some horny Normandy are long behind us, some habits die hard. Seasonal habits like cranking tunes that make us feel wild and invincible, at least until the hangover kicks in and the new tattoo we don’t remember getting starts to scab over. “Don’t Turn” by Electric Candlelight is such a song. There’s a deep seated, almost genetic, love of classic rock imbued in every midwesterner, and so a barn burner that sounds like John Fogerty fronting the James Gang has our number in a way that few things ever will. Whenever a band wears their influences so prominently there’s a conversation to be had about authenticity and intent, but when the song in question is this good do we really care? As another band that moved past their own tribute phase once said “It’s only rock n’ roll, but I like it.”

March 14, 2022

Mike’s Monday Muse – Rick Holmstrom

Mike’s Monday Muse is where friend of the blog, roots DJ, house show organizer, Bloomington Music Expo czar and all around nice guy Mike McAfee picks one song a week to share with the people.

Rick Holmstrom has been playing guitar in Mavis Staples’ band for 15 years. His new killer solo record of instrumentals, Get It, is out now on his label, LuEllie Records. Man I dig this video.

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