Archive for August 2011

Nick Ashford of Motown songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson passes away at age 70

Nick Ashford of Motown songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson passes away at age 70
Famed Motown songwriter and producer, Nick Ashford passed away yesterday at the age of 70 years old. Known best as half of the songwriting duo, and later, husband and wife team, Ashford & Simpson, the two were one of the most important songwriting teams in Motown history. Although many commonly associate Ashford & Simpson with... Read more »

Decembrists' Colin Meloy's novel 'Wildwood' set to release August 30

 Decembrists' Colin Meloy's novel 'Wildwood' set to release August 30
There are quite a few adults I know who openly can discuss a Harry Potter book for hours on end, analyzing it, quoting it and lamenting in the shoulda, woulda, coulda’s of “the boy who lived”‘ and his fictional life.  These people do it with no shame.  It’s these same people who, at this very... Read more »

Songs in commercials: Good tunes on TV

For the most part, I don’t listen to the radio that often, leaving limited places for me to find new music.  However, I have started to notice how many good songs from commercials find their way onto my iPod. It’s not just the Gap getting catchy music for their ads, it’s Target, Diet Coke, Lipton... Read more »
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Chicago indie band Purple Apple will do two memorable things this month - play a Lollapalooza pre-show, and start high school

Chicago indie band Purple Apple will do two memorable things this month - play a Lollapalooza pre-show, and start high school
Purple Apple isn’t your average Lollapalooza pre-show act.  The Chicago-based indie pop quartet Purple Apple is made up of three 13 and 14-year-old girls: Nonie Andersen, Olivia Eigel, Madi O’Brienand their twenty-something former babysitter, Devin, on drums. The three schoolmates at the core of the band write their own songs and have a serious mentality when... Read more »