Tuesday, March 17, 2015

11 Celtic Bands to Soundtrack Your St. Paddy’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day isn’t all about green beverages and pinching the humbugs. Here’s a few great artists out there keeping the spirit of Celtic punk alive all the year through. Check out our favorites and get your jig on in the pit!

Read more at Alternative Press

Friday, March 13, 2015

'Advanced Style': Getting More Fabulous, Not Just Getting Older

Having one or two grandmothers is lovely, but what if you had seven? Could you imagine the wisdom and wit they could impart on you—the stories and the lessons, the heirlooms and grace? Lina Plioplyte has found her own army of “grandmothers” in the stars of Advanced Style, the film she directed that was inspired by a popular blog and photography book of the same name.

Read more at Paste!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Interview - Sarah McLachlan Shines On

Photo by Kharen Hill

Five years ago, Sarah McLachlan was feeling lost. She released the album Laws of Illusion to heal after a divorce. The revival of her groundbreaking celebration of women in music, Lilith Fair, was in the red. The ethereal mezzosoprano behind “Building a Mystery,” “Possession” and “I Will Remember You” felt a bit… forgotten.

Flash forward to today. She’s on the second leg of a nearly sold-out theater tour promoting her 2014 record, Shine On. She’s in a loving, exciting relationship with former NHL player Geoff Courtnall. And, as she marvels, feminism is becoming less of a “dirty word” to the general populace.

Read more at About.com!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Monkeying Around with PPL MVR

Check out the new issue of Alternative Press, with my interview with the One and Only PPL MVR! I think that one wins for strangest interview I've ever conducted... and I've had Evan Dando serenade me in a Bob Dylan voice before...

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

10 Things You Need To Know About Noel Gallagher’s New Album

“I try to hang on to myself/Don’t believe in no one else,” mutters Noel Gallagher on the Church-like “The Girl With the X-Ray Eyes.” It’s a sentiment that rings loudly throughout his second High Flying Birds release, Chasing Yesterday (Kobalt). As one-half of the terrific twosome that led Britpop quasar Oasis, he had other creative minds to consider. Noel’s lead vocals were few and far between compared to that of younger brother Liam’s, with a notable exception in the flag-waving ballad “Don’t Look Back in Anger.”

Now that the elder Gallagher is back in the saddle, he’s also square at the helm of Chasing Yesterday. Here are 10 things you need to know about this High Flying Birds collection.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Decorate Your Grownup Home with Your Favorites from Childhood

When you’re an adult, decorating your home/apartment/other domicile can be depressing. Big-box retailers package “fun” and “individualistic” items, as though you haven’t a creative bone in your body. Otherwise, we all have to become unskilled carpenters on the fly with “DIY” furniture sets. Frustrating!

Instead of dealing with assembling an unpronounceable Swedish whoseywhatsit, tap into the imagination you had in your youth. Remember when LEGOs could be skyscrapers, and construction paper could become flowers? They can again, without leaving your maturity at the door. Here are some interior decorating ideas inspired by our childhood:


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

10 Green “Green” Items You Need for St. Patrick’s Day

Plantable Paper Clovers by PulpArt, $9

It’s a given that everyone will be wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day (save for those who don’t mind a pinch or two). But with severe climate change in the news, perhaps it’s time to take that “green” one shade further— as in sustainable.

Read more at Paste!