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music monday: record store day ready

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Record Store Day is one of the most wonderful times of the year for music fans – it’s a time to line up outside your favorite store and hope you’ll get to pounce on all the limited releases and deluxe editions the retailers are sent. I’ve had some remarkable Record Store Days, from the time I got a black eye in competition for a Dave Matthews Band release (I wish I was kidding) to the time I got my favorite Hold Steady record on vinyl. It’s a day that’s always been close to my heart because in college I got to sit in on a few roundtables about planning the next year’s national event, which was really cool. The 2017 edition is this Saturday, so download your list, get ready to line up, head to the store, and be sure to check out the bands that are playing! These are the bands with releases this year I’m excited to check out. If you have a minute before diving in to the jams, please take my reader survey!

Mayer Hawthorne, Someone Like You

Jason Isbell & the 400 UnitHope the High Road

Sunny Day Real EstateRain Song


Goo Goo Dolls‘Cuz You’re Gone

Are you a vinyl fan? What releases are you excited for this year?

April 17, 2017

music monday: festival season prep

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It’s April, so that means festival season is right around the corner! Every festival tries to outdo their previous lineup, have the biggest names, and break the next big thing. Without meaning to, this post heavily focuses on badass ladies of Nashville – which is definitely another subject to check out in the future! For today, here are a few great artists you can check out at fests across the country over the next few months.

What’s your favorite festival? Have you discovered any new faves lately?

April 10, 2017

music monday: spring awakening

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Daylight Savings Time at the end of winter just kills me. Not only losing an hour of sleep on the time change, but also the shifting daylight – yes, it’s nicer that the sun is out longer in the day, but just when I’ve gotten used to getting up with the sun, it’s taken away from me. On this music Monday, I’m sharing my favorite springtime songs to get us back in the rhythm!

Bruce CockburnWondering Where the Lions Are (This song plays during a November episode of ER, but it’s always felt so springy to me.)

Handsome GhostSteps

Aesop RockDaylight

Shawn McDonaldTake My Hand

Beach FossilsThis Year

Do you have a springtime playlist? Share it with us in the comments!
March 20, 2017

music monday: st. patrick’s day

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It’s St. Patrick’s Day this Friday, and here in Chicago, the celebrations began this weekend. I can’t really tell if there’s a large Irish population here, or if it’s just an excuse to dye the river green and drink an obscene amount. At any rate, I’m excited for my first Chicago March, and I’m sharing some Irish or St. Patrick’s day tracks I’ll be jamming this week to get ready!

John Mayer, St. Patrick’s Day

Dropkick Murphys, Kiss Me I’m #$@#faced

Flogging Molly, If I Ever Leave This World Alive

Enter the Haggis, Bagpipes on Mars

March 13, 2017

music monday / cassette comeback edition and GIVEAWAY!

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Everything old comes back around, right? It’s true in fashion, and it’s been true in music – not only in style, but also in technology. Cassettes have been popping up at merch tables everywhere over the last few years, with some artists even releasing tape-only exclusives. Even older artists (like my favorites, the Promise Ring), have been re-releasing their catalogs, entire record labels that only release on cassette have popped up, and Cassette Store Day is even a “thing” now. Today I’m sharing not only my favorite tracks that can be played on a boombox, but I also have a great giveaway to share!

Charlie’s Mercantile is an online print shop geared toward puppers and the humans that love them (obviously, I fall into this segment) as well as housewarming prints, but shop owner Amy also offers a few music-related designs. Charlie’s Mercantile wants to inspire you to add some color to your home decor. Each print is inspired by the love of colors and simple shapes and designed in Durham, North Carolina. She sent along one for me to review, and one to give away!

I opted for the pink and green cassette tape patent print. The colors are playful and brighten up our gray walls, and the “let’s mix it up” text is really cute. It’s going to look great on the gallery wall.

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Be sure to follow Amy on Instagram for posts on new prints and designs and tons of cute dogs to brighten your day. Now, onto the jams and the giveaway!

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March 6, 2017