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VariousVarious: If It Plays...If It Plays... (2004)
Reviewer Rating: 3
Contributed by: greg0rbgreg0rb
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Peoria, Illinois. A medium-sized city in the center of the state, equal distance from Chicago and St. Louis, Peoria is home of Bradley University, Caterpillar earth-moving equipment, and not that much other notable stuff. It’s not usually thought of for its music scene, even from those in the state (myself) but If It Plays… shows you that there is good stuff to be heard. As the bio says, the underground music scene in the city is “consistently moderate, never quite disappearing and never quite thriving.” This comp, put out by a record company based in the city, showcases Peoria bands, but also opens up to bands that claim birth in the city, which include Plane Mistaken For Stars. To fill out the comp they put on bands that have played there. If it were Chicago, that would be cheating, but this is a city that’s certainly not a standard tour stop. It has allowed the comp some bigger names such as The Velvet Teen, The Red Hot Valentines and Rescue to appear with tracks that are unreleased or rare. The comp’s strong suit is its eclectic nature. It does not play to a certain genre; for as it seems that the town’s scene can’t afford to be picky, simply looking for good music whatever it may be, so goes the compilation.
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