ShowYouSuck Rocks Huge Riot Fest Crowd

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ShowYouSuck at Riot Fest

You would have been hard pressed to find anyone more excited for this year’s edition of Riot Fest than ShowYouSuck. If you followed his Twitter feed in the days and weeks leading up to the annual festival, you saw just how excited he was. I caught up with the Chicago based rapper on Friday of the festival and his excitement was even more evident. “I’m so stoked, that is going to be like, the greatest day of my life. This is my favorite festival ever,” he told me at a break between sets. The rapper may have seemed like an outlier when the bill (that featured mostly punk, hardcore and metal bands) was announced, but ShowYouSuck came up in the Chicago hardcore scene. He explained during his set on Sunday that he used to open at hardcore shows to an audience that was unfamiliar to anything he had done. Intimidating? For some it might be, but he made the most of every opportunity, building a devout following along the way. While primarily a rock festival, Riot Fest does expose the masses to hip hop, bringing in rap icons Wu Tang Clan this year and Public Enemy in 2013. For the unfamiliar, those two groups are historic titans in the genre, each marking a specific time of renaissance in hip hop. That fact was not lost on Show as he reflected, “It’s crazy. The only rap that has been on Riot Fest has been heavy hitters, and people who have kind of surpassed genre. So for me to be added to that, dude, it’s the hugest honor ever. It’s sort of like clarification I’m going somewhat in the right direction.” Continue reading “ShowYouSuck Rocks Huge Riot Fest Crowd” »

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JAG Classics: Abraxas by Santana

Santana in 1976

Santana on stage

With so much new music available today, sometimes it’s good to look to the past. Welcome the JAG Classics where we examine the albums of yesteryear. Today we look at Abraxas by Santana.

Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, the Latin-rock band Santana (with Carlos Santana on guitar) created some of the most diverse and experimental music of the late 1960’s. After the success of their 1969 debut Santana and a performance at that Summer’s Woodstock Festival, the band reentered the studio to craft a worthy follow up. The result was 1970’s Abraxas that fused rock, blues, jazz and salsa into a sound that came to define the group. Continue reading “JAG Classics: Abraxas by Santana” »

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AFC East Division Preview

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In preparation for the upcoming 2014 NFL season, Just A Guy has put together a team-by-team run down of every division. Today we highlight the AFC East, which includes the Patriots, Jets, Dolphins and Bills. Continue reading “AFC East Division Preview” »

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NFC East Division Preview

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In preparation for the upcoming 2014 NFL season, Just A Guy has put together a team-by-team run down of every division. Today we highlight the AFC East, which includes the Redskins, Giants, Cowboys and Eagles. Continue reading “NFC East Division Preview” »

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AFC North Division Preview 2014

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In preparation for the upcoming 2014 NFL season, Just A Guy has put together a team-by-team run down of every division. Today we highlight the AFC North, which includes the Bengals, Browns, Ravens and Steelers. Continue reading “AFC North Division Preview 2014” »

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NFC North Division Preview 2014

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In preparation for the upcoming 2014 NFL season, Just A Guy has put together a team-by-team run down of every division. Today we highlight the NFC South, which includes the Bears, Lions, Packers, and Vikings. Continue reading “NFC North Division Preview 2014” »

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AFC South Division Preview 2014

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In preparation for the upcoming 2014 NFL season, Just A Guy has put together a team-by-team run down of every division. Today we highlight the AFC South, which includes the Texans, Colts, Jaguars, and Titans. Continue reading “AFC South Division Preview 2014” »

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NFC South Division Preview 2014

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In preparation for the upcoming 2014 NFL season, Just A Guy has put together a team-by-team run down of every division. Today we highlight the NFC South, which includes the Falcons, Buccaneers, Panthers, and Saints. Continue reading “NFC South Division Preview 2014” »

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AFC West Division Preview 2014

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In preparation for the upcoming 2014 NFL season, Just A Guy has put together a team-by-team run down of every division. Today we highlight the AFC West, which includes the Raiders, Chiefs, Broncos and Chargers.
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NFC West Division Preview 2014

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In preparation for the upcoming 2014 NFL season, Just A Guy has put together a team-by-team analysis with a run down of every division. In this article we highlight the NFC West, which includes the 49ers, Seahawks, Rams, and Cardinals.  Continue reading “NFC West Division Preview 2014” »

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