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In Depth: Polyphonic Press On Foo Fighters’ “Sonic Highways”

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In this video, Jeremy Boyd of Polyphonic Press takes a look at the Foo Fighters’ latest album, “Sonic Highways.”

As Jeremy explains, the album–which was released last month–is comprised of songs recorded in eight great American cities (Chicago; Arlington, VA; Nashville; Austin; Joshua Tree, CA; New Orleans; Seattle and New York City). The recordings were made at studios and/or places and with musicians associated with that city.

Below is “Something From Nothing,” the song from the album centered in Chicago. Here is the Rolling Stone review of the album.

(Homepage photo: Christopher Simon)

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