Song of The Day: George Ezra “Don’t Matter Now”

George Ezra has a new single out today, “Don’t Matter Now” which he calls “an anthem for all us over-thinkers and second-guessers.” Ezra says he wrote the song in 2015 after a bout with anxiety to remind himself that it’s okay to take a break now and then and take everything in. I give you…

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Retro Review: Tori Amos | BJCC, Alabama – August 14, 1998

So, you’ve seen one Tori Amos show, you’ve seen them all, right? Um, no. Dear reader, I once filled an entire computer hard drive with Napster downloads of live Tori Amos gigs from the early 2000s. Every show was different, every moment seemed new and poignant. Sometimes the stories changed, the moods changed, the bass…

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Book Review: Jennifer Egan – A Visit From The Goon Squad

Jennifer Egan’s A Visit From The Goon Squad Begins with punk rock and slowly erupts into an epic plot that seems to time travel itself across the backs and forths of many characters as their lives criss-cross and intersect. Imagine sharing headspace with the Humans of New York and you’ll have a good feel for the tone…

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Jay & Silent Bob Get Old | The Vic, Chicago, IL – March 30, 2017

Just go see this. I actually bought tickets to the show for my husband and his best-friend (and my cuddly co-husband, David) for David’s birthday in an attempt to lure David to Chicago for the week. But he can’t make it ’til summer so I had to go in his place. I was sad he…

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Bon Jovi | United Center, Chicago, IL – March 26, 2017

  In twenty-two years, I’ve never seen a bad Bon Jovi show. From Chattanooga to Atlanta, London, Nashville, Memphis, Chicago, Gulf Shores Beach,  I’ve seen the band almost twenty times and I can’t remember a single time I’ve been disappointed with one of their sets. The March 26th, show at United Center in Chicago was…

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Augusten Burroughs | Music Box Theatre, Chicago, IL – March 29, 2017

Last month I had the chance to meet one of my writing idols, Augusten Burroughs, at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago discussing his book Lust & Wonder. The Music Box is a historic picture house located in the Southport area of Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. It was built in 1929, then later restored in 1982, retaining…

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Hard Times: Happy Songs For You This Friday

Hey, who even defines happy anymore? Even Paramore know we’re fucked. Check out their latest “Hard Times” from their upcoming LP After Laughter. In the super colorful, electro-pop techno-tripping video directed by Andrew Joffe, newly blonde Hayley Williams sings, “And I gotta get to rock bottom.” Well, I don’t know about that, but I do…

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Stand Up and Act

I am astounded. What started as a small gesture to let one person know that she is valued and important to her community turned into something I never imagined. I never expected this to get past the neighborhood. Our country has been completely divided in the past couple years, but somehow this one story resonated…

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Amanda F@#%ING Palmer: The Art of Asking

What I like most about Amanda Palmer is that she makes me uncomfortable. She shouldn’t. I’m not going to lie, I’ve followed and unfollowed her multiple times on Twitter because, well, I want to read something else on my Twitter Feed and it tends to turn into an Amanda Palmer fest. However, she shouldn’t make…

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Book Review: Duff McKagan – How To Be a Man (and other illusions)

You’d hardly expect Duff McKagan from the ’80s hard rock band Guns N’ Roses to have become such an inspiration, but every time I finish one of his books I feel energized. His last book It’s So Easy (And Other Lies) was the first rock bio that made me both laugh, cry, then want to…

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