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Jared Alcorn of Waiting Room Records reviews the new Drab Majesty album
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If you had walked into Waiting Room Records in uptown Normal in the last few weeks, you might have thought owner Jared Alcorn was in a nostalgic 1980s mood. An album with a nod to that synth sounding decade was getting heavy play on the store's turntable.

Brandon Chopp won the IWU Phi Beta Kappa Liberal Arts Scholar Award for his thesis on Frank Zappa
Brandon Chopp

Recent Illinois Wesleyan grad Brandon Chopp picked up the Phi Beta Kappa Liberal Arts Scholar Award at the Bloomington school for his senior thesis on the late 1960s musical output of provocative songwriter Frank Zappa.

Reverberation Vinly's John Anderson holding the album "My Pharaoh, My King" by  John Moloney and Anthony Pasquarosa
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Reverberation Vinyl owner John Anderson is enamored with many styles of folk, psychedelic and instrumental music. That music is often on the turntable when you enter his store across from Illinois Wesleyan in Bloomington.

Reverberation Vinly's John Anderson holding various Masaki Batoh album covers
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A Japanese singer/songwriter/guitarist who has shape-shifted among four different personas is getting extended turntable play at Reverberation Vinyl in Bloomington.

Jared Alcorn holding Lucero's 'Among The Ghosts' LP
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When the Memphis-based alt-country rockers Lucero plays the Monarch Music Hall in Peoria this Sunday, Sept. 30, they'll be performing songs from "Among The Ghosts," their latest album getting plenty of play inside Waiting Room Records in uptown Normal.

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The last time singer-songwriter Neko Case played the Castle Theatre in Bloomington, the sold-out crowd missed out on her new album. The recording "Hell-On" was still a few months away from release.

Jared Alcorn with the new "Moaning" album at Waiting Room Records
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An emerging Los Angeles-based post-punk band has been wearing out the turntable at Waiting Room Records in uptown Normal.