A letter to a friend after seeing a show… Dear Steve, You’ve been gone now for twelve-and-a-half-years. Time has heeled some, but the mourning has never faded. When you lose someone so close, you’re never the same. Sure, life goes on but when a person dies, they take a huge piece of the person you […]

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“Standing in line to See the show tonight And there’s a light on Heavy glow” – RHCP Waiting on a line that wrapped around two or sometimes three blocks – often times – getting soaked by a cold and misty rain. Approaching the marquee, and having chills give way to adrenaline pumping. Getting patted down […]

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Ten years ago, Kevin Lyttle had a smash summer hit with the soca ballad “Turn Me On.” I remember that song for oh so many reasons. For starters, it’s not every beat that can get this guy (points to self) moving at bars or clubs. I should never dance. Period. I also remember it well […]

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The Suburbs is probably in my top three favorite albums of all-time. But, I’ve been floored with all of Arcade Fire’s albums. I deeply felt all of the tracks on the dark Neon Bible, and caught on early when Funeral dropped in 2004. Surprisingly, up until this fall, I had never been able to see the band live. For […]

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American electro-house musician Steve Aoki seems to be keeping busy these days. Currently on tour Aokifying America, the Grammy-nominated artist still finds the time to collaborate with various other artists and even attend poker tournaments. That’s right, Aoki is just another one of the 100 million people worldwide that the World Poker Tournament claims play poker regularly. DJ-producer Aoki […]

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Alt-rock acts Echosmith and New Beat Club have a bunch of things in common with each other: They’re both from the West Coast, each toured the country on the Vans Warped Tour, and both bands have a legitimate beef with each other. Perhaps “legitimate” is a stretch. Let’s use this word instead: “non-existing.” Yep, A-Sides tried to start a little feud […]

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When they look back at 2013, The 1975 are going to have a lot of pinching to do. They’ve sold out headline tours in the states and the UK, hit the road with The Neighbourhood, dropped an EP and full-length album, and found pop crossover appeal with their hit single “Chocolate.” On a much smaller scale, they […]

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Remember the classic scene in “Wayne’s World” in which Wayne and Garth meet their hero Alice Cooper, and the king of shock-rock-n-roll greets them with a history lesson about the origins of Milwaukee? It’s a hilarious scene, best known for the now-classic line “We are not worthy!” On October 13, many of us in the […]

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I always come back to 1990s alt-rock. Listening to songs from the likes of Letters to Cleo, vintage Pearl Jam, and/or old-school Green Day gives me instant nostalgia to my college years, but it also provides me with many self-high five moments today. In no way am I pining for music to be “as good […]

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Whether it’s to drive their name home even further or simply the effects of coming up empty after agonizing over a catchy or meaningful title, many recording artists name first release after themselves. In the case of Pepper, however, they’ve decided to self-title their sixth studio album. The logic is simple. The Hawaiian reggae, rock band […]

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