A Portrait of the Artist as a Young R.E.M. Fan

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“Being out of my mom’s house for the first time, surrounded by more cosmopolitan people I couldn’t relate to, deeply unsure of myself, I bonded with these albums. They told me there was a world out there not just for me to revere but emulate.”More

Forty-Five Minutes of Unstoppable Rock

Forty-Five Minutes of Unstoppable Rock

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“We come in a rental car, white or black or silver, and we bring with us the “Notice to Quit” and the lawsuit. Sometimes the houses are empty, the owner gone with the foreclosure notice. They slink away to another place to forget this place and these timesMore

The Darkest Shade of Twilight

The Darkest Shade of Twilight

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The sky reflected the sepia tint of Troy’s eyes as he unscrewed the cap of his flat pint whiskey bottle and ran it under his nose to smell the burn of fumes before knocking back a swallow. More

BULL ON TAP: BUDWEISER (AKA “AMERICA”)

BULL ON TAP: BUDWEISER (AKA “AMERICA”)

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we prefer our patriotism cold, pale and mass-produced…More

Footfall: Beach Slang Cheap Thrills on A Dead End Street (This-Is-A-We-Didn’t-Get-The-Covers-In-Time-For-Tour edition)

Footfall: Beach Slang Cheap Thrills on A Dead End Street (This-Is-A-We-Didn’t-Get-The-Covers-In-Time-For-Tour edition)

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“The Rumba Cafe is only slightly larger than my two bedroom apartment and smells like summer in OhioMore

Scoot When You See the Boom-Boom Boots

Scoot When You See the Boom-Boom Boots

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“Boom-Boom stands in the full-length and gives his soft nose a honk: it’s time to get zanyMore

Spundalé

Spundalé

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“What does spundalé mean?” the cashier asked. I really didn’t know what it meant, and to tell him the rules wouldn’t have gotten me my stuff back. “I don’t know,” I said and skulked out of the door.More

The BULL Interview: Curtis Dawkins

The BULL Interview: Curtis Dawkins

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“It’s easy to generalize and say the men in prison are representative of the uneducated, no-good, downright evil male. But of course it isn’t that simple More

ROUND TABLE: THE DEATH OF PRINCE

ROUND TABLE: THE DEATH OF PRINCE

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“There are writers and poets who called into question the tenants of life, but it’s popular artists, and popular acts like Prince that really did this in such a widespread wayMore

Footfall: Ryan Adams Love is Hell (Mobile Fidelity Edition)

Footfall: Ryan Adams Love is Hell (Mobile Fidelity Edition)

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“It seems only fitting that the first record I find while crate digging after a wedding would be a double LP audiophile nervous breakdown from Ryan AdamsMore

Pinball and PDA

Pinball and PDA

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“I dressed up tonight, plump flesh pressed into fishnet stockings like a juicy, punk rock ham. Fresh from KentuckyMore

BULL ON TAP: STEEL RESERVE 211

BULL ON TAP: STEEL RESERVE 211

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Its 24-ounce presence sends shudders of teenage nausea throughout the room…More

On Charles Bukowski

On Charles Bukowski

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Not every angel is going to come with a halo. Some are going to come carrying a sword and some a snake and some a bottle of port…More

BULL ON TAP: SHOCK TOP PUMPKIN

BULL ON TAP: SHOCK TOP PUMPKIN

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…like drinking a regular Shock Top out of a fetid Jack-o-lantern.More

A Photo for Your Wallet

A Photo for Your Wallet

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I had dreams that a boyfriend would mean an 8 x10 photograph framed and on the mantle, whether there was an actual mantle, it did not matter.More

BULL ON TAP: BUSCH

BULL ON TAP: BUSCH

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A 4.3% abv enigma, Busch is surprisingly drinkable with as much taste as the beer’s slogan has meaning: “Clear and bright as mountain air.”More

“The car had been through a reconstructed transmission, a busted carburetor, and was an absolute lush for Valvoline.” – Jordan Farmer, “Brothers”