“Back and better than ever.” That’s such an annoying term. When you say someone is “back and better than ever” it almost implies that they A) weren’t very good to begin with or B) were just so so and needed to grow. Maybe I’m reading into it too much, but I find myself compelled to […]

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Film sequels aren’t nearly as good as the originals. It’s just a fact. Sure, in those rare cases – Terminator and The Godfather – some exceed their predecessors, but it’s few and far between. Just ask Arthur 2: On the Rocks. Anyway, follow-ups to songs are rare, but when they occur, the same can be […]

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Frou Frou once sang, “there’s beauty in the breakdown.” It often rings true when it comes to music, but in life – especially given the impending or perceived doom of a Trump presidency – it couldn’t be further. Let’s focus on the former since this is a music series. The lyric somewhat fits with Mandolin […]

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Boy, it’s been tough motivating myself to write anything since Tuesday evening. The world is completely torn apart and unless we change and accept the unacceptable, we’re going to be spinning our wheels endlessly. That’s why I’m rebooting my mind today and going to my always reliable outlet of escape: music. Music heals. It makes […]

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This wreaks of awesomeness. Amazon just launched a new “Original Kids” series last week called Bookaboo, and all signs point to it becoming the new Reading Rainbow. The series focuses on a rock-star puppy named Bookaboo. The drummer tours the world with his band, but can’t play without a story a day read by a […]

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Ramona Flowers is a beloved, red-hot chick in the cult classic Scott Pilgrim vs The World. The Bristol UK band that named themselves after the character, however, have little to do with her. I’ll take that back. Blending contemporary anthem rock with a slice of the 80s synth, the band truly kick some ass. The […]

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It’d be cool to see Joan Wasser try and put together a resume in 12-point Times New Roman font. Anyone who’d receive this document that is totally not needed would drop their jaws looking over a breakdown of her decade-plus work. Deeply meaningful albums. Check. Awe–inspiring collaborations that range from Lou Reed to Dave Gahan? […]

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I never took a pill in Ibiza. I also know, for sure, Avicii doesn’t know who I am and if he did, he wouldn’t think I’m cool. Chances are HONNE, a dynamic duo out of London, wouldn’t either. Self-deprecation aside, few are as cool as Andrew Clutterbuck and James Hatcher. The pair recently released their […]

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Don’t unleash your “back to school” commercials and sales at me in July, people. Don’t tell me a pumpkin spice latte is available until I at least need long pants to go outside. Let August be August. “Dog days of summer” means so little to me. It’s meant as such an awful thing but in […]

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With “Somebody to Shove,” “Black Gold,” and especially “Runaway Train,” Soul Asylum are arguably best known for their 3x Platinum Grave Dancer’s Union. To associate this band off their 1992 breakthrough alone would be doing them a great injustice. Listen to the albums that came before it, and after it – especially their underappreciated follow-up […]

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