Keeping Up with the Joneses: The Many Moves of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings at The Vic

Keeping Up with the Joneses: The Many Moves of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings at The Vic
After more than two years off the stage, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings have been touring heavily this year in celebration of their much anticipated 2014 release: Give the People What They Want.   Delayed from its slated 2013 debut, her answer came in action as fans penned love, hope,  support, and requests for a... Read more »

The Chicago Independent Radio Project Wants YOU! To Beef Up Your Dope Vinyl Collection

The Chicago Independent Radio Project Wants YOU! To Beef Up Your Dope Vinyl Collection
In its 12th year running, the 2014 CHIRP Record Fair will be going down this Saturday right over ‘der, close to Union Park, at the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Union (1340 W. Washington Blvd). Northcoasters and Pitchforkettes alike can affirm this sacred zone, and CHIRP is definitely manifesting some of the rich musical magic spilling over... Read more »

6 Web Headline Teasers That Don't Work on me

<strong>This WILL BLOW YOUR MIND!!!</strong><br><br>Predicting that you can blow my mind implies that you know a lot about me. <br><br>But when web headlines promise to blow my mind with 11 facts about asparagus, it implies they don't know me because I don't like trite web headlines.
If a newspaper headline can be imagined as something read aloud by Walter Cronkite to a captive audience, then a web headline could be  analogous to something yelled out by a  carnival barker; an enticing-yet-veiled promise for all at the carnival to come have a closer look. Then by the time you have a closer... Read more »
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ROUND TWO Who'd win a Celebrity Fistfight: Teen Hunks Edition. Vote Now

ROUND TWO Who'd win a Celebrity Fistfight: Teen Hunks Edition. Vote Now
Could this be a preview of the finals??? Voting has ended for Round 1 of the tournament and we’re down to only eight hunks! Voting ends in one week. poll by twiigs.com   poll by twiigs.com poll by twiigs.com   poll by twiigs.com

ROUND TWO: Who'd Win a Celebrity Fistfight: Baseball Steroid User Edition. Vote Now

ROUND TWO: Who'd Win a Celebrity Fistfight: Baseball Steroid User Edition. Vote Now
The first round of fistfights is behind us and now we’re down to the elite(ly steroided) eight. The rules are the same as last round and I’d like to reiterate that Frank Thomas IS NOT GUILTY OF USING STEROIDS but I wanted to include him because I thought he had a good chance to win... Read more »

Creeping the 'tute Part two(t)

Creeping the 'tute Part two(t)
On my 34th birthday I did what any normal 34 year old does on their birthday. Namely, take their softball trophy (the Kup) and a friend/teammate to a world-class art museum for a few photo opportunities. My companion was Curtis, our softball team’s speedy lead-off hitter and rangy short center fielder (Short Center is a... Read more »
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I Outlived Jesus! My 34 Favorite Songs to Listen to on my 34th Birthday

I Outlived Jesus! My 34 Favorite Songs to Listen to on my 34th Birthday
I decided to make myself a playlist for my birthday and you’re all invited to celebrate and listen with me. If you don’t like these songs I would apologize but it’s my birthday, so I’m not gonna.   1. the most underrated birthday song ever 2. Such a fun song. This is the last one... Read more »

Who'd win a Celebrity Fistfist: Teen Hunks Edition

Who'd win a Celebrity Fistfist: Teen Hunks Edition
The rules for Teen Hunks fistfights are the same as for my steroid-using baseball player fights that you probably didn’t see or vote on: no weapons, no help from anyone else, just a plain old fistfight. Also, since the hunks are from different eras, they should be judged based on how they’d fight at the... Read more »

Who'd win a Fistfighting Tournament of Steroid Users in Baseball? Vote Here.

Who'd win a Fistfighting Tournament of Steroid Users in Baseball? Vote Here.
I took 16 of baseball’s brawniest, ruggedest, and steroidiest meatheads and put them in a fantasy fistfighting tournament to have you vote on the winner. I also included Frank Thomas. Not because I think he ever took steroids, but because I thought he has a chance to win this cleanly, so it would only be... Read more »
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The 5 W's of Emerging Artist Alison Meaney

The 5 W's of Emerging Artist Alison Meaney
From a big family with art in her blood, emerging Chicago paintress Alison Meaney has been making the world a brighter place since she came smiling into it.  Alison is a cheerful Irish gal with a heart of gold, a contagious laugh, and the strokes of a super whimsical, dancing  paintbrush once used by her... Read more »