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Jason vs. Michael vs. Freddy: Who wins in a fight and other horrifying Halloween film questions

Jason vs. Michael vs. Freddy: Who wins in a fight and other horrifying Halloween film questions
[ WARNING: If you've never seen Halloween, Friday the 13th or A Nightmare on Elm Street, this post contains spoilers basically everywhere. ] [ ALSO: If you haven't seen those movies -- Welcome to our planet. October 31st is a holiday we call Halloween, during which people like to dress up, absorb a bunch of... Read more »

I Will Gladly Ultimate Fight The Beach Boys' Mike Love

I Will Gladly Ultimate Fight The Beach Boys' Mike Love
Let’s make this very clear, Mike Love — you’re in a cover band. That’s right. You are in a Brian Wilson song cover band. Sure, you happen to have had the good fortune of being related (a cousin.. we all have them) to one of the best rock music composers of all time (perhaps the... Read more »

A Melancholy Tale of Pete (the Beer)

A Melancholy Tale of Pete (the Beer)
If you walked into our 8th floor dorm room in Peoria circa 2000-01 you were promptly offered a Killian’s, a martini and a hand drum. Even if you were there just to see what all the noise was. That’s how I met my still-girlfriend L. That’s right: This is a tale of beer and rock... Read more »
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A.V. Club Undercover: Music you know played by indie bands you should

Rock music is so rarely mainstream anymore (and Dave Grohl cheated). Instead it has splintered off into a hundred-thousand swell indie rock-pop-groove-dance-jam bands who tour relentlessly and grow increasingly spectacular mustaches just to gain your attention. But AVClub.com (The Onion’s sister site – I may have previously mentioned them over and over again) has a... Read more »

Grouplove and Reptar at the Metro, 5/12/12

Grouplove and Reptar at the Metro, 5/12/12
Chicago is a special place to see a show. I lived in Peoria for six years, and even though they had a solid venue that brought great acts in The Madison at the time (I saw Bela Fleck and 311, summer of 2002), it didn’t have the same vibe. It was a party, for sure,... Read more »

Nobody Cares About the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame (and rightfully so)

Nobody Cares About the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame (and rightfully so)
How exactly do you get into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame? Practice, practice, practice? An excellent start. Sell mountains of albums and be annoyingly regular on the radio? That next, yes. Have lots of friends and make nice with all the right folks? There you go. But this is rock ‘n’ roll. Something... Read more »
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Extended String Training: Musicians are athletes too

Extended String Training: Musicians are athletes too
Year after year athletes come to spring training/pre-season and fans think, Why do we need all these games? Everyone remembers the rules. Well.. Everyone except Manny Ramirez. It’s not the most fun to watch – and we certainly don’t watch them do crunches for hours and drink smoothies made of the wrong parts of vegetables... Read more »

311 - "Sunset in July"

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There’s far too much for me to say about 311 Day. Every year it reminds me who I am and why exactly I love life. I find a lot of joy in the fact that there are absolutely still people who stand for positivity, love, equality and unity. There were a lot of phases I... Read more »

John Mulaney’s New in Town and why there’s comedy on my iPod

John Mulaney’s New in Town and why there’s comedy on my iPod
The first time I saw John Mulaney’s debut comedy special on TV (2009) I was eating a cheeseburger. That’s what kind of Friday night it was – the sitting-on-the-floor-eating-McDonald’s type. When the kid (from Chicago) launched into his “Best meal I ever had” bit, I quickly went from eating to choking to attempting to breathe... Read more »
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The Voice offers American opportunities, not idols

The Voice offers American opportunities, not idols
If it was still up to me I wouldn’t watch much TV beyond Conan’s string dance and every recent Blackhawks win on repeat. But you know how it goes – sometimes when the sun goes down you find yourself seated next to your significant other just to say hi and you become too weary to... Read more »
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