Soul Serenade: Isaac Hayes, “Walk On By”

As 1968 began, things at Stax Records were uncertain to say the least. The label had been born in 1957 as Satellite Records, the brainchild of founder Jim Stewart, who was joined a year later by his sister Estelle Axton. Initially Satellite ...

Exit Lines: “Come Look at the Freaks”

Where does one of the world’s sexiest men go to transform himself into one of the more celebrated grotesques in history? Why, Broadway, of course–where Bradley Cooper, following in the footprints of David Bowie and Billy Crudup, is covering himself in ...

Suburban Metal Dad #401. “Season’s End”

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Suburban Metal Dad #398. “Party Shopping”

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The Vinyl Diaries: Favorite Music of 2014

Albums discussed in this column:

  • Lydia Loveless, Somewhere Else
  • Felice Brothers, Favorite Waitress
  • Bob Mould, Beauty & Ruin
  • Sturgill Simpson, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
  • The Hold Steady, Teeth Dreams
  • Beck, Morning Phase
  • Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Hypnotic Eye
  • Ryan ...

Exit Lines: Leading Lights

In an era dominated by superheroes and other non-human factors, stars don’t mean much at the movies these days–if they did, would the likes of Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, and Robert De Niro be turning up in slenderly budgeted VOD obscurities. ...

No Concessions: “Big Eyes”

Last week’s national nightmare is over, sort of, as Sony puts The Interview into release–in a few, mostly out of the way theaters, and on a handful or so of balky streaming platforms. That’ll show ya, Kim! Likely to be playing nearer your ...

A Fan’s Notes: The Night Before Christmas

I’ve been posting this on Christmas Eve for the last few years. People seem to enjoy it, so I thought I would share it with you again this year. Consider it my little gift to everyone who has been so supportive ...

Suburban Metal Dad #387. “Xmas Evel, Part 2″

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Suburban Metal Dad #392. “USPS, Part 2.”

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Suburban Metal Dad #391. “USPS”

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Suburban Metal Dad #390. “Xmas Affliction”

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Exit Lines: Ships Coming In

“You know what the biggest problem with that show is?” said my friend after we had exited The Last Ship, Sting’s first foray into musical theatre. “Its biggest problem is that its main character is an asshole.”

The “asshole problem” ...

Suburban Metal Dad #389. “Xmas Party Aftermath”

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