Savages & Opinions on Drake

British quartet Savages performs for a live Sound Opinions audience at Lincoln Hall in Chicago. Later hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot review the latest from rapper Drake.

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Savages

After seeing Savages at SXSW, Jim reported back that he saw god. So imagine how thrilled we were to have god…er…Savages perform live in front of an audience at Lincoln Hall in Chicago. Jehnny Beth, Gemma Thompson, Ayse Hassan, and Fay Milton played songs from their Matador debut and talked about drummer warm-ups, rock and roll PhDs and why we should all be here, now. Couldn’t be there in person? We’ve got video!

Nothing Was The Same Drake

Nothing Was the Same

With his third and latest album, it’s safe to say actor-turned-rapper Drake no longer needs much of an introduction. Drake’s latest album Nothing Was The Same has certainly cemented him as a musical force to be reckoned with, but Jim and Greg don’t agree on why exactly that is. Greg appreciates Drake’s consistently introspective and candid lyrics, while Jim is a fan of the musicianship on the record. On the other hand, he thinks Drake’s naval-gazing verses retread ground already covered on Kanye West’s last few albums. But, both hosts agree that it was wise of Drake to stick with his long time collaborator, producer Noah 40 Shebib. Greg says Buy It, Jim says Trash It.

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