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Michael P. Irwin

Michael Irwin has been an avid music fan and collector for the majority of his life.  While his favorite genres are hard rock and heavy metal, his tastes range from rock and pop to punk, funk, hip-hop, folk, and country.  He is originally from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania but for the last decade has made his home in Chicago, Illinois, where he spends a large majority of his time outside of his day job as an urban planner trying to fill all of the missing gaps in his music library, attending live shows, and putting together an endless series of mix tapes to share with his friends.


Sunday, September 19 2010

Testament + Megadeth + Slayer: 20 August 2010 - Chicago

The tour unites three of the biggest names from the thrash metal genre and promised to take fans back in time to 1990, when two of the bands released major hit albums, and, as part of the show, the bands would be playing each album from start to finish.

Monday, August 16 2010

Dierks Bentley: Up on the Ridge

Dierks Bentley's fifth studio release ventures into new territory with a bluegrass-inspired album that is sure to delight fans old and new.

Monday, August 9 2010

The Blood of Heroes: The Blood of Heroes

Fusing the sound of metal and electronica, the Blood of Heroes’ self-titled debut is a great example of cross-genre collaboration.

Monday, August 2 2010

Kent: En Plats i Solen

The issue of being “lost in translation” is a reason why one of Sweden’s most popular artists is hardly known beyond the borders of Scandinavia -- but they should be…

Monday, June 28 2010

22-20s: Shake/Shiver/Moan

British rockers stay true to their blues-influenced roots on their sophomore release.


Wednesday, August 11 2010

Music - Your Personal Soundtrack

In an episode of the popular sitcom Family Guy, Peter Griffin meets a genie who grants him three wishes, and one of his wishes is to have his own theme music wherever he goes -- what a great idea, especially now that it's so easy to carry your music with you.

Tuesday, August 3 2010

Bad Religion Previews Upcoming Album with "The Devil in Stitches"

After more than three decades, Bad Religion still continues to impress fans both new and old.

Monday, July 19 2010

Getting the Word Out: Discovering Music Through Advertisements

The television and radio commercials that we see every day are selling more than just the products in the ad -- sometimes they're selling an artist as well. It may not be the traditional way for musicians to get their songs to their listeners, but it works.

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