Opinion

America’s Sweetheart Shawn Johnson Has Stalker Scare

I fell in love with Shawn Johnson at the Beijing Olympics. With her infectious smile, wholesomely humble attitude and fierce competitive stare, she vaulted her way into my heart, and the heart of an entire nation–and it didn’t hurt that she brought home gold for the good ol’ U.S.A. Like…

Nina Persson and RZA: Meant to Be

If you were alive in the ’90s and had MTV or a stereo (remember those?), you probably had a boner for Nina Persson. As frontwoman for the Cardigan’s, her dreamy voice, elfin features, deep blue eyes, super model body… Sorry, I forgot what I was saying. Right, I got an…

Flynn Adam discusses music in the quote-unquote digital age

We all know–at least we should if we’re using fancy computers and are interested in music–that the digital revolution is relentless. Record stores are closing, and that’s sad. It’s the death of an old way of life. But it doesn’t have to be all that depressing. The death of one…

The Breeders Set to Release Four-Song EP

The Breeders are notoriously slow. After releasing their most successful album, Last Splash, in 1993, the group took a long hiatus (nine years!) before releasing the uneven Title TK. After that, another six years passed before the release of their next album. But are they now picking up the pace?…

Hella is Hella Back as a Duo

Four years ago, the world was a different place: electing a black president was still just a fantasy; thought of a serious, wordwide recession was just another thing for alarmists to rant and rave about; and Sacramento’s spaz-rockers Hella was together as a duo. Now in 2009, no one bats…

Tee Pee Records Online Sampler Available for Download

The deluge of e-mails continues. Tee Pee Records will be all over SXSW this year, and if you’re going, you should make a point to catch some of them. If you’re not going, or just need more convincing, the label has posted a FREE sampler of their bands for download…

Madi Diaz, The Pride of Lancaster

With SXSW on the horizon, my inbox is filling up with e-mails about who will be playing there. It’s a double-edged sword: I’ve checked out a lot of stuff I wouldn’t have heard normally, but since I won’t be attending the festival this year, I won’t have the opportunity to…

Under the Sea

Google can go fuck itself. I realize I write that at great personal peril. They have spy cameras everywhere—on Earth, Mars and now their eyes are underwater. And they’ve found something. Or not. Over 2,000 years ago, Greek philosopher Plato wrote of an island, a doomed technological utopia named Atlantis….

No We Can’t!

As I write this, my dude Barack Obama has been holdin’ it down as president for two weeks. It’s been a fairly smooth ride so far, but I know better. I’ve seen good things get soured too many times to view the world through rose-colored glasses. Everyone is excited to…

A Breath of Fresh Air

I think we can all agree: Air is pretty cool. I mean, I’ve always liked it. Sure, it can get lost in the shuffle amongst life’s sexier necessities such as tuna melts and whiskey, but air—and more specifically breathing—makes the consumption of both of those things (and many more of…