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Nov 11, 2009

Let it Rock: Same Thing, Different Album

I often ignore live and "best of" albums. Even from artists I love. What's the point, right? I have all their music already - how many different versions do I need? But this week I decided to live on the edge a little bit and listened to both a live album and a "best of" album. And ZOMG, I'm so happy I did!

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Oct 28, 2009

Let It Rock: Do You Like Surprises?

The great thing about new music is that you never really know what you're gonna get. Sorta like life. And a box of chocolates (thanks, Forrest!). Sometimes albums totally and completely surprise you. And sometimes they don't at all. Sometimes surprises are good, and sometimes they're a huge letdown. Sometimes all you want is your favorite band just the same as always, and sometimes a little change makes them all the better.

Oct 17, 2009

Saturday Read: Her Fearful Symmetry, by Audrey Niffenegger

I am a HUGE fan of "The Time Traveler's Wife," (the book, not the movie) so when I found out that after 6 years, Audrey Niffenegger was releasing another novel, I knew I had to get my paws on it. Luckily, my anniversary with my boyfriend coincided beautifully with the release date, so, needless to say, I received it as a gift (good job, Tyler!).

Oct 14, 2009

Let It Rock: Music Makes Me Happy

All the artists this week make me happy. Even when the songs are sad, I'm happy. And I think that's a sign of a truly great artist; they can sing about the saddest things in love and still put a smile on my face. And sometimes you just need music to comfort you and make you feel good. Like during midterms after spending 6 straight hours at the library and you're only a third of the way through your reading.

Sep 30, 2009

Let It Rock: More Like, Let Me Down

Wow, this week was a bit of a bummer. So much anticipation and a whole lot of disappointment. You're probably thinking I deserve it. After all, I got my hopes all up about Mariah Carey and Selena Gomez, so what did I really deserve, right?

Sep 23, 2009

Let It Rock: Flashback!

I feel like I'm having a major flashback this week. Like Wayne and Garth are running by me in my bedroom waving their hands in the air screaming "Do do do do. Do do do do." And then everything gets all jumbled and I'm ten years younger and wearing something completely ridiculous.

Sep 16, 2009

Let It Rock: Off Again, On Again

This has been a crazy week. Jay-Z came back! Scarlett Johansson came out with an album with Pete Yorn. (Hey, it's gotta be better than The Hoff's singing, right?) Oh, and Mason Jennings came out with something new..though everything he does is new to me.

Sep 9, 2009

Let It Rock: They’re Back!

None of the artists with new releases are new to me this week. I've loved them all in the past and now I'm coming back for more. Actually, they're coming back to give me more and I'm taking it all with wide open arms. And I'm pretty psyched to hear some new stuff from some of my old favorites. It makes me feel at home and right where I belong. I'm so happy to have my old friends back again!

Sep 2, 2009

Let It Rock: Something Old, Something New, Something Blue

My sister is getting married and I've had weddings on the brain, so this week I'm dedicating this review to her and doin' the something old, something new, and something blue routine. It doesn't just apply to brides, you know. I didn't borrow any of my music this week (I'm not good at giving back), so I had to leave that one out.

Aug 19, 2009

Let It Rock: I’ve Been Waiting For You

Sometimes I love a band so much, I just sit and wait for them to come out with something new. Well, I don't literally sit and wait, but I do get really excited when I know a release date is near. And this week, my long and painful wait was over.

Aug 12, 2009

Let It Rock: Pleasant Surprises

This week's new releases left me pleasantly surprised. From an album by an artist I had never heard of, to one I thought I knew very well, to one I resisted listening to for oh so long. Sometimes you need to open up a bit and take a few risks in order to find joy, and that goes for music, too.

Aug 5, 2009

Let It Rock: Sometimes I Surprise Myself

This week might be the most random mix of reviews ever. Seriously, ever. I even surprised myself a bit. I was ready to love who I already loved and hate who I wanted to hate, but that's not at all what happened. The one album I was most excited for fell flat. And the one I barely even wanted to listen to, well, I kinda liked.

Jul 31, 2009

Candy Dish: It’s Heigl Vs. Rogen

• We're on team Rogen. What about you? • Madonna's got a new song. And it sucks. • Well, that's a scary statistic. • Honestly, what doesn't Vera Wang design these days? • The iPhone can rate your sex life. • Do we still need fashion week?

Jul 15, 2009

The 5 Questions We Ask Everyone: Sugar Ray

When I think back to my high school days, two things come to mind: the prison that was life before getting my license, and the freedom that came with driving out of my garage by myself that very first time. Listening to Sugar Ray. With the windows down. And flipping my parents the bird.

Jul 8, 2009

Let It Rock: Loving The Men

This week was all about men and, what can I say? I love me some men. With guitars. Who make good music. (That last one is key.) Yup, I had a big, beautiful music orgy this week and I just want more. Bring on the boys!

Jun 10, 2009

Let It Rock: Songs of the Summer

Call me crazy, but I truly believe you can put a season label on most albums. I mean, think about it - certain songs are best for snuggling under lots of blankets during a snowstorm. And some songs are just perfect for sitting in the sun or cruising with the top down (if you happen to be so lucky to own a car in which the top can come down).

May 27, 2009

Let it Rock: Make New Friends But Keep the Old

This week was all about utilizing what I learned in Girl Scouts all those years ago. No, not building a fire or navigating my way out of a forest, but that whole "make new friends but keep the old" adage.

May 6, 2009

Let it Rock: Mix It All Together and Call it Suicide

Remember when you were a kid and you mixed a bunch of different flavors of soda together and called it “suicide”? That’s kind of what this week’s new music releases are like. A mish-mash of randomness. I mean we have the lead singer of Bright Eyes, a former American Idol contestant, and an R&B girl sensation.

Apr 29, 2009

Let it Rock: Music I Can Sing Along To

I like music I can sing along to. Even better is music I only have to listen to once before I start singing along. Sometimes I find myself singing along before I even know the lyrics. Other people get annoyed at my mixture of mumbles and hums, but I can't help myself.

Apr 15, 2009

Let it Rock: I Listen to Whatever the Internet Tells me to Listen to

When the Internets talk, I listen. Really. Think about how easy the Internet makes it to discover new music. Almost as easy as it is to find porn. Sometimes when I’m bored, I just browse the Internet to discover new bands and I’m constantly shocked by how many artists and bands I’ve never heard of until I see or hear them online.

Apr 8, 2009

Let it Rock: Positively Unstoppable This Time

And this week I learn how easy it is to write about music I’m crazy obsessed with. I was so beyond-words excited about the new releases this week that I basically wanted to tell you about every song, transcribe all the lyrics, and somehow hum the tunes onto the computer screen so that you’d get the full effect. But I tried to restrain myself a little bit.

Apr 1, 2009

Let it Rock: I’m Back For More

Ooh, the anticipation! Some of my most-liked bands are back with new releases this week. And considering I’m already a fan of them, they all have a lot to live up to. So, will they make me remember why I love them so much or will they crush my hopes?

Feb 11, 2009

Let it Rock: Music to Get You Through Valentine’s Day. Laughing All the Way.

One thing this week’s new music releases have in common is that they’re engaging. Seriously engaging. I laughed. I cried....

Sep 3, 2008

“Labor Pains” Gives Me Forehead Pains

When she’s not telling the world how much she loves Samantha Ronson, Lindsay Lohan is doing what is sometimes called...

Jun 20, 2007

Kelly Clarkson’s new Album has Leaked — And I Like It

Still love Kelly Clarkson despite her recent concert cancellations and rumors of a sucky CD? Me too. That’s why I...