The Joys and Turmoil of Record Shopping in 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014 at 6:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Industry What was once an antiquated sport of the nebbish and the meticulous has now become a widespread phenomenon. No, not chess. We’re talking record collecting. Gradually, the disappearing species of music stores evolved (or revolved) into vinyl creatures with needles so pristine and true. Audiophiles rejoice! Your time has yet again risen! But in this jubilation and celebration of the musical record comes peril, too. On a recent record-hunting trip to San Diego, Calif., with her... READ MORE

10 Dream Double-Header Tours

Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 5:58 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Despite my penchant for all things '90s, I'd never seen Nine Inch Nails or Soundgarden in concert. Sure, I'd attended gigs by Trent Reznor's How To Destroy Angels and Chris Cornell's Audioslave, but neither band could match the unadulterated fury of those artists' star-making endeavors. So imagine my fangirl glee when I scored tickets to the joint NIN-Soundgarden gig at the Hollywood Bowl! Tears will be shed; panties might be thrown. It got me... READ MORE

Best of 2013

Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 7:14 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Mystical singing space cats. The resurrection of the Thin White Duke. "YOLO" versus "Y.A.L.A." The year in music circa 2013 was a zany one that was forward-thinking (everybody's droppin' the bass these days) and reverent of the past (every new band sounds like it's from the 1980s). Here's what we loved and loathed: BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Thao & the Get Down Stay Down – We the Common BEST EP OF THE YEAR: Andrew McMahon –... READ MORE

Thankful for Music

Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 1:44 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Photo courtesy Elena Roussakis/Creative Commons Happy Thanksgiving and Chanukah to those who celebrate! This time of year, as we're conjuring up our best-of lists, we remember how much we music fans have to be thankful for. Here are a few of the music-related things that warm our hearts:   Spotify We know: Plenty of musicians have decried this free and subscription streaming service. And yet, these protests are generally from super-successful millionaire types with major-label contracts. So, for... READ MORE

A Soundtrack for Feeling Infinite

Monday, August 27, 2012 at 2:32 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Rejoice, wallflowers everywhere! (No, no - sit down, Jakob Dylan. Not your "One Headlight" gang.) Your favorite novel about "Rocky Horror Picture Show" zines and the general, wonderful weirdness of being a teenager is now a motion picture. "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," the beloved coming-of-age book by Stephen Chbosky, is coming to life on the silver screen September 21st.  Purists, don't fret - unlike many a lit classic gone Hollywood, this interpretation lies squarely... READ MORE