Iggy Azalea Shines Light on Sexual Assaults at Concerts

Monday, May 5, 2014 at 6:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Industry We all wish that the savoir-faire of pop stars could rub off on us. But that blind desire has turned into a sickening entitlement. With rapper Iggy Azalea having to cease crowd-surfing at her shows because of zealous fans’ grasping at her nether regions, it’s time to step back and stop believing we own the artists we admire. “Buying my album for $12 doesn’t mean you get to finger me,” the Aussie hip-hop scion said in a... READ MORE

Cry havoc and let emo rule again

Monday, October 21, 2013 at 1:58 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Dashboard Confessional in concert circa 2007. Photo by Melissa Bobbitt Perhaps my generation is having a hard time admitting we're turning 30. We're no longer cool (instead of consciously Through Being Cool). We are now those "old" weirdos at concerts that saunter into the venue 10 minutes before showtime instead of proving our fandom by lining up in the wee hours to get a front-row spot at a GA gig. (My posse and I used to... READ MORE

10 Years of Leaving Through the Window

Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 8:47 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music The scene: a grassy open field in Claremont, May 2002. I was there to see Save Ferris, but I left converted to the tunes of Something Corporate. Who were they? At the time, an Orange County piano-rock band that had just released their debut album that was getting a little bit of buzz in the punk-pop community. They were incredibly fun. The singer/pianist jumped all atop his instrument, and they belted out catchy... READ MORE

Road Trip Soundtracks

Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 1:24 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Photo by Melissa Bobbitt I just returned from an epic Pacific Northwest vacation with friends, and many wonderful memories were etched into our minds. But with any adventure, the music that accompanied us was just as important as any sightseeing we did. Music can transport us right back to those magical places we never want to leave. Or it can remind us of hysterical moments - none of us can get Ludacris' "Pussy Poppin'"... READ MORE