On September 9, 2014 U2’s thirteenth record exploded as a viral topic. The buzz was not for its music, but the LP’s surprising format: the band and Apple had the audacity to drop Songs of Innocence onto millions of iPhones and iTunes libraries overnight.
I took a stab at sports photography after 15 years of working hundreds of events in different capacities as a freelance video tech, scorekeeper, game staffer, and even autograph line monitor. I never tried being on that side of the lens before, but I learned how to take sports photos with the Canon PowerShot over a handful of baseball games. A few weeks later, I wound up with a photo credit on the back cover of a local newspaper.
Certain bands spark magic on the first listen. The debut Fitz and the Tantrums EP, Songs For A Breakup, Vol. 1 has that musical wizardry.
August 14, 2019 marks the tenth anniversary of The xx debut album. The self-titled collaboration between Romy Croft, Oliver Sim, and Jamie xx is an astounding effort from the U.K. dream pop group. xx blends intimacy, minimalism, and musicality at an extraordinary level that resonates a decade later.
Watching true crime stories is an intense viewing experience. The violence of the acts are enough to provoke nausea, frustration, and grief. Here are true crime documentaries on Netflix that make you wonder WTF?
Despite what box office numbers show, a film can make an impact without having a hero, archvillain, or CGI. Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade is one of these movies. The piece drops its audience into the everyday life of a middle schooler. Viewing preteen experiences in modern times is revelatory despite the unappealing concept of reliving adolescence.
The Black Keys are back. Five years may not be a ridiculous absence for some bands, but Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach were everywhere in the beginning of the decade. Three career-changing records over four years vaulted the band into the elite tier of music acts. The ensuing half-decade turned out to be a long time for album number nine to come to fruition: The Black Keys' Let's Rock.
The first season of Big Little Lies was a tough, yet addictive watch. The complex lives of five women in Monterrey, California exemplified great drama. Based on the novel by Liane Moriarty, the HBO series featured a strong cast headlined by Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, and Zoe Kravitz. To create a second season, Moriarty had to scrape together a new story beyond her book. The end result was a product that fell short of the first iteration with one exception: newcomer Meryl Streep.
The Funspot Family Fun Center in Laconia, NH boasts the world’s largest arcade. It is the kind of brag that usually meets reality when you walk through the door. I braced myself for a letdown. Instead, I found a host of vintage video arcade games and pinball machines. It turns out that Funspot is also the American Classic Arcade Museum. With each turn I found a throwback game and discovered an unexpected yesteryear wonderland.