Music

From the vault: Ryan Adams Heartbreaker

Have you ever felt so righteously depressed that you thought you’d never want to feel happy again? Has it ever felt cool to be so down that you’re more than ready to tell your caring friends to “fuck off” when they try to cheer you up? Or perhaps your sense of middle-class guilt has tempted you to lie about your …

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Ben’s Ten: Volume IV: Songs About Education

With the school year just beginning, it seemed appropriate to take a look at some rock and roll songs that cover the subjects of education, teachers, teen angst and rebellion. Not surprisingly, most rock songs featuring lyrics about school discuss topics of sexuality, drug use and frustration — not so much good grades, positive studying habits and perfect attendance. Songs …

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Ben’s Ten: Volume III

1. David Bowie — “Ziggy Stardust” (1972) To the casual listener, the Bowie classic “Ziggy Stardust” may sound simply like the story of a rock star, his rise to fame and ultimately his tragic decline. Upon closer inspection, there’s so much more. Ziggy is actually an alien being sent to Earth with a message of hope, peace and love. The …

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Shows you shoulda went to: Chicken of the sea

I don’t know how the baritone founder of Jurassic 5 and Ozamatli got his name, but no matter what Chali 2 Na goes by hip-hop legend should precede it. It was a little nerve wracking at first, with about six people in the crowd until just before opening act Medusa went on. It’s like there was a sign outside that …

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Shows you shoulda went to: Hank III: still Gnarbuckle

The Mateel has such a weird vibe. It’s the place where people who don’t see a lot of other people for most of the year go and see people. And shows. It acts as a sort of grange for the So. Hum growers and others from the area down there and gets forgotten by No. Hummers until something they are …

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