Christmas 2016: “I Don’t Want Any Coal” (Seriously, Though)

IT’S DECEMBER and for once, I’m not sick of Christmas music yet. Even when the playlist at work stuck me in a never-ending loop of “Holly Jolly Christmas” last week, I didn’t feel any slow-burn rage about it. I think, perhaps, this lack of anger toward holiday jingles is coming from my determination to enjoy as…

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New to Me Music: Last Letters

New music time! This one also hit me via email, but it’s a much different vibe from my last featured artist. New England pop-punk vet Charles Iwuc released his first solo EP under the moniker Last Letters on Friday, Nov. 11. Nothing to Write Home About is a seven-track, self-produced record that sounds like the softer side…

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New to Me Music: Fossil Youth

New music! I haven’t done of these in a while. Damn. You can thank my email for this one! Oklahoma-based pop punk band Fossil Youth has a new album, A Glimpse of Self Joy, coming out on November 4. I heard about it in an email blast from Take This to Heart Records and I won’t lie…

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Par for the Course (Or, How Your First Celebrity Crush Never Dies)

This entry was originally written in response to the “nostalgia” prompt on Femsplain. A few weekends ago, the first person I ever told my mom I wanted to marry — Justin Timberlake — played in the annual celebrity golf tournament that’s been held in my hometown ever since I can remember. I got a text from my best friend…

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Concert Recap: Jack’s Mannequin

Shortly before Leisure Cruise took the stage last Thursday at the Royale in Boston, MA as the opening act for Jack’s Mannequin on the 10-year Anniversary tour for Everything In Transit, I realized that following that show, I’ve seen Andrew McMahon perform live with each of his three major projects. I saw Something Corporate reunited at…

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In 2015…

Before we even jump into this post, I have to point something out. Since I started this blog in August 2012, I’ve tried hard to post consistently but never really managed it… until this year. In 2015, despite not posting nearly as often as I wanted, I still managed to make at least one post…

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10 Years of Everything In Transit

I’ve been trying to write this post since my copy of the Everything In Transit 10-year anniversary vinyl package showed up on my doorstep, a little over a week ago. It’s really hard to believe that it’s been 10 years since the first time I heard Everything In Transit. I was 15 years old and everything felt weird and…

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Album review: The Front Bottoms, Back On Top, 2015

I was first introduced to The Front Bottoms in the summer of 2012, but didn’t actively start listening to the band until the spring of 2013. A few months later, I saw the band live for the first time at one of my favorite venues in Cambridge, Mass., and have been completely obsessed ever since.…

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New to me music: Real Friends

Okay. I’m a sucker for pretty much any personality quiz that pops up on any of my social media feeds. It’s actually kind of embarrassing how many times I’ve been about to go to sleep and then gotten sucked into an endless stream of Buzzfeed quizzes because I couldn’t resist a question like “Which Pixar…

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