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Who is Melissa Etheridge ? Well, I’m not a super-fan, but I do like her music and think she’s pretty rad, so I’ll try to help you out. A Berklee College of Music dropout, this singer/songwriter/guitarist got her start in Los Angeles in the 80s like a lot of rock artists do - by playing in bars. Etheridge released three albums from 1988 to 1992, and broke into the mainstream scene with her fourth album in 1993, allowing her to become one of the most popular rock artists of the 90s. She won two G... [Read more]

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Murder? Mayhem? No. Just two of the hottest boy bands in the world and their most painfully vocal fans. August 1st marked the beginning of the North American leg of One Direction’s “Where We Are” tour with opener 5 Seconds of Summer, the Australian pop punk band with an equal knack for causing those high-pitched shrieks only teenage girls can make (Harry Styles allegedly cured a girl of laryngitis earlier this year after not speaking for six months because her need to squeal was that powerful). ... [Read more]

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The title of Lana Del Rey’s third album, Ultraviolence, initially appealed to me because of its reference to A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, one of my favorite novels. Like the book (and Kubrick’s excellent film adaptation), Lana Del Rey’s newest release is dark and poignant with an essence of the surreal. Burgess wrote A Clockwork Orange in a form of Russian-influenced English, which is important for readers because it acts as a sort of barrier, or protective force, as the disturbing eve... [Read more]

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