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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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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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: Fall Out Boy, Save Rock and Roll, 2013

For several months leading up to the announcement that Fall Out Boy had returned from its “indefinite hiatus”, I was writing “desperately awaiting a Fall Out Boy reunion” in all of my social media site biographies. I’ve been obsessed with this band since I was in high school and have referred to its members as…

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Album Review: Paramore, Paramore, 2013

In 2009, Paramore released its third studio album, Brand New Eyes. The cover featured a pulled-apart butterfly pinned to a fence and the lyrical content was angrier than anything Paramore had written before. That’s because Hayley Williams was pissed off. She was pissed off at her bandmates, something the band talked about at length in…

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Concert Recap: The All-American Rejects and Boys Like Girls

On Thursday, Sept. 13, I saw one of my favorite bands in concert for the 4th time. I’ve been listening to The All-American Rejects since I was in 7th grade, meaning the band’s been one of my go-to soundtracks for everything from homework to parties for about a decade. Yeah, that’s right. I’ve been listening…

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