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Thu, 7/21, 11:47am (4 days ago)
Milkjam and Izzy’s both get lots of press and the raves are well deserved, but why doesn’t anyone ever talk about Sonny’s?!   As a Sonny’s Cafe devotee since my childhood routine of a Children’s Theater matinee followed by a large Athena at Pizza Luce and a double scoop, I’m here to…
Mon, 7/18, 2:23pm (1 week ago)
Finally, the inclement weather conditions subsided. For the first time this wweekend, the fields weren’t so soggy and the sky was clear.
  Sunday turned out to be the weakest day of the festival thus far. Between the frail sound of the opening groups and boring middle acts, all that was…
Sun, 7/17, 12:14pm (1 week ago)
The clouds over Union Park looked to signal yet another weather delay in the festivities. Fortunately, there was no rain and things began and ended smoothly.
  Opening bands are always difficult to parse at music festivals. Some groups end up being surprisingly impressive while  others are disappointing assaults on the…
Sat, 7/16, 11:19am (1 week ago)
Despite a storm that was expected to delay the festival, things at day one of Pitchfork Music Festival went off without a hitch. Or at the very least, things started on time.
  The first act, Car Seat Headrest, was definitely one of the highlights of the night. Between the stomping…
Fri, 7/15, 11:24am (1 week ago)
Quick disclaimer: I think I love peaches a little too much.   When I was a kid, I loved rubbing the pit on asphalt until it transformed into a ring. I’ve always loved the fruit. The emoji is everything.   The only way I’ve ever seen peaches being taken too far is the Kimoji…
Mon, 7/11, 2:42pm (2 weeks ago)
I don’t necessarily enjoy Marc Maron’s comedy. I’ve seen most of his show too and it’s basically the RC Cola of self-centered stand-up comedian slice of life fare. Most people I know tend to agree with me.
  Still, the best thing he’s brought into this world is his podcast…
Thu, 7/7, 12:23pm (3 weeks ago)
I can’t remember when I really got into the Manson family, but it was either when Megan Draper wore that shirt on “Mad Men” or when I had time to research while my mom made me shield my eyes from the Because scene in “Across the Universe.” While surrounding lore is…
Fri, 7/1, 5:29pm (3 weeks ago)
As Valleyfair celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, I’ve come to realize that the only thing that’s changed ... is me.   The person manning the Wild Thing (ie. the person in charge of my life) is a friend from high school’s much younger brother.   I’ve recently considered buying myself some bermuda…
Mon, 6/27, 5:11pm (4 weeks ago)
Trashy television shows aren’t exactly well-defined. Some people might think about reality shows or “cooking” shows (some are just Guy Fieri eating across the Eastern seaboard). What usually comes to mind for me are shows that aren’t really completely awful. Yes, they feature acting that will make you cringe and…
Thu, 6/23, 11:35am (1 month ago)
I hopped on the bandwagon a bit late, but I’m no fake fan.   This American Life is a (very popular) weekly public radio program hosted by Ira Glass. Broadcast since 1995, episodes were released as a podcast alongside its radio twin in 2006.   The show centers on a specific theme each…
Mon, 6/20, 9:39pm (1 month ago)
Typically, people discuss punk rock in two ways: as a genre of music or as some sort of social movement. The reality is that it’s probably somewhere in between. Punk rock is more or less about attitude. Think the arrogance of the rock star persona and the complete denunciation of…
Thu, 6/16, 11:47am (1 month ago)
Paul Simon is still crazy after all these years — crazy delightful, that is.   On Tuesday night, Paul Simon played the first show of his two-night engagement at the Orpheum. The show was slated to start at eight, but when I arrived at 8:03 p.m. there were still people lined up…
Tue, 6/7, 9:38am (2 months ago)
This week, one of my favorite modern period pieces was released — “Love and Happiness”. Starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny, it’s the first that was actually funny to me. It blends humor with the beauty and drama of lifestyles of the rich. Because of that, and my disturbing love…
Thu, 6/2, 2:42pm (2 months ago)
Millennials are prone to seek the comfort of yore. Disney provides an adequate refuge.   As proven by Fuller House and the MAC Trolls Collection — nostalgia is trending. In honor of their 100th original movie release on June 24th (a remake of 1987’s “Adventures in Babysitting”), Disney Channel will be…
Mon, 5/30, 5:22pm (2 months ago)
Ego Death, the Minneapolis “punkish” three piece, features singer/songwriter Jeremy Warden, bassist Bree Meyer and drummer Seth Tracy. They recently headlined a show with touring New York band Adult Mom and New Jersey based Forth Wanderers at secret DIY venue Licorice Beach. They’ve toured the Midwest, become perennial local radio…
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