Kurt Cobain Lives On – While Others Don’t

Kurt Cobain died 20 years ago on Saturday – one of those morose anniversaries that make people reflect on his legacy and the sadness that accompanies any suicide. Think of the unwritten songs, the continued legacy that Nirvana could have continued to impress upon rock music. Few really know what despondency and depression fuel thoughts …

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Footloose 30 Years Later: 10 Things that Don’t Make Sense

A few weeks ago on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” Kevin Bacon reprised his role as Ren McCormick in “Footloose” for a dance number that is quickly going viral. It brought back memories of the movie – how much I enjoyed watching it coming back from a youth retreat, how important it seemed at …

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Concert Review: Nicole Atkins

Nicole Atkins came to Atlanta Sunday night, bringing her Gothic torch songs to about 40 people at Terminal West. Again, I say, where are you, Atlanta? Yet another class act comes into town and you’re off at Wild Bill’s or seeing Sheryl Crow for the seventh time, leaving Atkins to play for a small but …

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Desert Island Discs: Escape, Journey

I feel as if I have to defend this choice – of all the records ever recorded, this would be one of the top 20 that I would play incessantly on a desert island? It’s easy to poke fun at Journey – the spaceship-laden album covers with esoteric names such as “Frontiers,” “Infinity” and “Departure” …

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Playing Piano in the Dark

My college years were tough. They tested me, beat me up, made me question everything about myself – who I was, whom I was to become, why I deserved to be there. Which is what college is supposed to do, I guess. But my final two years of college – which was also my first …

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Book Review: Are We Not New Wave? Modern Pop at the Turn of the 1980s

The 80s has gotten a bad rap. Mention 80s music and most people think of “Footloose,” Madonna, leg warmers and Duran Duran. And mullets. And Aquanet. It’s nostalgic, but laughable to many people. And that’s a little offensive. Eighties music helped shape who I am; like the AM radio hits of the late 1970s, music …

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