Gambino grows up: ‘Awaken, My Love!’ reviewed

Donald Glover’s artistry blossomed in recent years. It might have been an existential crisis in a hotel around the release of Childish Gambino’s Because the Internet in 2013. It might have been that he was finally allowed to write and act his own thoughts instead of helping Tina Fey on 30 Rock or playing Dan Harmon’s affable jock Troy Barnes on Community. Whatever it is: Glover is one of the most important artists right now, and his Childish Gambino alter ego is finally ready to step up to that level. Continue reading “Gambino grows up: ‘Awaken, My Love!’ reviewed”

25 books from 2016 you need to read

Reading is probably the least sexy part of pop culture. If there is a ranking it would go: keeping up on Peak TV, catching the latest Oscar bait, and hearing the newest band before the rest of the world does. Yet literature is the longest, strongest pillar of culture, pop or not.

Here are 25 works of fiction – in alphabetical order – that made me laugh, cry, shiver, and think. Continue reading “25 books from 2016 you need to read”

NBA predictions sure to be wrong (2016-17 edition)

Ah, basketball is back. It reminds me of the days when my shorts when down to my calves, my Nikes always matched my shirt, and when my favorite musician was Ludacris. Junior high was a fun time. I guess it’s also time for my inaugural blog where I predict the upcoming season so I can laugh at my stupidity, I mean confidence, in a few months.

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Ep. 11: Chelsey Louise | Fairy Bones

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Fairy Bones is an energetic rock outfit from Phoenix. Their no gimmick, kickass approach caught the eye of Highly Suspect, who brought them on a west coast tour this past autumn. Fronted by Chelsey Louise, the band released Dramabot in 2015, which garnered a lot of respect from the media and fans in Arizona.

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Ep. 10: Liam McCormack | yellowbirddd

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Liam McCormack is a talented songwriter who performs under the moniker yellowbirddd. His earnest lyrics and intricate compositions allow listeners into a deeply personal diary of emotions and reactions. He’s released four full-length albums and a handful of EPs in addition to playing bass in nationally touring bands like the pop-punk outfit Allison Weiss. Continue reading “Ep. 10: Liam McCormack | yellowbirddd”

Ep. 9: Tony Ruland | Soft Sleep + The Lonely Forest

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Tony Ruland was the guitarist in the Washington-based band for a decade of his life. The band suddenly broke up, but he wasn’t too worried. He had music built up and ready to explode into the world. He linked up with fellow northwestern musicians to create Soft Sleep. Continue reading “Ep. 9: Tony Ruland | Soft Sleep + The Lonely Forest”

New shows to watch in October 2016

September brought a lot of new shows to watchAtlanta is the best series on television right now. This is Us might be the next great family drama that reduces us to tears every week. Luke Cage, premiering at the tail-end of the month with a review on this blog coming soon, was a nice way to cap off a terrific month of television.

What about October? Well, here are another 12 new shows premiering this month that might tickle your fancy. Some are highbrow, some are lowbrow. Some might even get canceled fairly quickly. But you should still check them out. Continue reading “New shows to watch in October 2016”