April 26, 2008
By Luke Pimentel
I gave up my clubbing days a while back, owing to the fact that I was rapidly and inevitably approaching the dreaded Three-Ought, and was therefore no longer allowed to do any â€œrealâ€ partying. So, as I ventured into the claustrophobic confines of San Franciscoâ€™s Mezzanine on April 17th, milking a watered-down vodka tonic, I was more than a little self-conscious about the state of my rapidly-decaying youth.
April 17, 2008
By Jennifer B. Kaufman
Just what is love? Philosophers, poets and song writers have been asking that question since the beginning of time. To music journalist Rob Sheffield, love is a mix tape. The author has chronicled the cross section of music and love in his newest book called Love is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time.
Long before people downloaded music into iPods or burned a CD filled with their favorite music, they made mix tapes. Mix tapes were very personal. Not only did they reveal some of our favorite songs, they also revealed our hopes, desires and thoughts. Mix tapes were therapy on a magnetic strip.
April 13, 2008
By Landin King (words) and Jonathan Marx (photos)
With springtime, sunshine, the Lollapalooza lineup announcement, and the Coachella festival a few days away, we all know that Festival Season 2008 has kicked off again. But the seasonâ€™s serious genesis came last month, even before the fabled SXSW shindig down in Texas.
A Spring Break tradition for the last few years, Langerado officially launched music lovers into the lively mood to jamâ€”with 15,000 in pursuit of aural bliss. Floridaâ€™s claim to fame in the festival world, the 2008 lineup featured such artist as R.E.M., The Beastie Boys, Thievery Corporation, and 311â€”drawing a different crowd nightly to this al fresco musical mosaic.
April 5, 2008
By Andrew William Smith, Editor
Michael Stipe is no stranger to singing about the end of the world, but for the last few years, these testaments tended towards contemplative elegies rather than shake, rattle, and rolling with energy. With the release of the bandâ€™s fourteenth studio album Accelerate, R.E.M has finally silenced the naysayers who had prematurely predicted the end of his bandâ€™s career. Taking tips from The Edge, the band hired producer Garret â€œJacknifeâ€ Lee (U2, The Editors, Snow Patrol) to return to the ferocious familiarity of guitar-driven, fist-waving power pop.
April 5, 2008
By Kimberly Egolf, Editor
Could you balance a 40-pound tub of water on your head and walk 4 miles? Over half of Africaâ€™s population has to make this journey each day, but the African Well Fund wants to change this. One well at a time.
On March 17th the non-profit organization launched its annual drive to Build a Well for Bonoâ€™s Birthday. This drive aims to collect donations, no matter how large or small, from anyone who is â€œinspired by Bonoâ€™s tireless activism on behalf of Africa.â€