The People You Meet at a (All-Ages) Concert

Monday night, I went to the House of Blues in Chicago to see ...more

Music for March

As the winter blues are strumming along, listen to some of my favorite tunes playing through my phone as I'm getting ready in the morning. It's like a bunch of theme songs for my blog. I couldn't pick just one. XOXOXO,  TheBackwardsOwl ...more

Valentine's Day Mix Tape; Because I Love You, Blogosphere

For those of us who came of age in the 80s and 90s there was no greater romantic gesture than making a mix tape for the one you loved. Which is why, blogosphere, in honor of February 14th, I made you a mix tape. Of love songs. Because it's Valentine's Day.The Beatles acoustic rendition of Something [In The Way She Moves] is one of the most insanely beautiful songs ever sung.NEXT--> ...more
Hmmmm... top of the list would be Sinead's Last Day Of Our Acquaintance.more

Some teenage obsessions don’t burn out or fade away

No matter how old we get, somehow the teenager within us finds ways to shine through. For me it was tonight, watching “Rock of Ages.” Was it good? Probably not. Could I turn it off? Not a chance in hell. Will I watch it again? Well, I might just buy the damn thing and I only own one other DVD....more

Can you have success as a failure?

Why go to graduate school? To win a Nobel Prize one day? You like the work (me)? Someone has offered you a position (Paid to learn – great!)?...more

Heartless Bastards in Columbus, Ohio

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An Open Letter To My Family About My Recent Discovery/Obsession With Pandora Radio

Dear beloved family of mine,It has been brought to my attention numerous times over the past several weeks that you do not share my glee over my newly downloaded Pandora radio app. Although you all have enjoyed using this app for years, I am a newbie and as such, I feel as though I'm entitled to a little enthusiasm over finding a (mostly) commercial-free source for all of my music needs.This includes, but is not limited to, British Invasion, Prince, 80s Pop, Disco and Classic Country....more
@SunbonnetSmart.com HI Robin! You're welcome about the intro to Pandora - it's amazing!  :)more

DIY Union Jack Headboard

One of our passions is collecting new and vintage rock memorabilia...of the punk-rock-British-invasion variety. Here is a sneak peek at some of the elements that will make their way to our newly remodeled industrial basement and our guest bedroom addition. ...more

Kick Start Your Vinyl Collection: One Essential Album For Each Month Of The Year

There's something special about listening to music on vinyl that digital can't replicate. I'm not sure if it's just nostalgia or if the music actually sounds better as the record turns under the needle. There's nothing like thumbing through album after album, admiring the enlarged cover art that doesn't come on iTunes. Pulling a record from its sleeve and placing it onto the player has become one of my favorite daily rituals. Here I've put together a list of 12 albums you should own on vinyl -- one for each month of the year! ...more
Thanks for the comments, gals! You can find brand new record players. We got ours at Urban ...more