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Giving Thx

Last-minute Thanksgiving options, from upscale TV dinners to BK Tendergrills.


Food Reviews & Stories
On Thursday, most Americans will celebrate the liberties secured by our forefathers by communing with loved ones to gorge on starchy food and pray that our righteous God   More
 
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 PETE COTTELL

Screaming Females: Saturday, Nov. 16

How to grow a punk band: play basements, record with Steve Albini, impress Garbage.


Music Stories
If there were a “right way” to make it as a punk band, Screaming Females would be a prime example. Being from New Brunswick, N.J.—a bona fide Mesopotamia of the East Coast DIY scene—cert   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 PETE COTTELL

Letter To My 13-Year-Old Self

RE: Soul Coughing


Music Stories
Dear 13-Year-Old Pete, Hey there. Your future self here, writing from the year 2013. Before I cut to the chase, I’d like to congratulate you on making it through the summer of 1997 without obta   More
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 PETE COTTELL

William Todd Schultz, Torment Saint: The Life of Elliott Smith

In search of the man behind the misery.


Books
In the 10 years since Elliott Smith died of a self-inflicted stab wound to the chest, the one thing we’ve collectively come to understand about the singer-songwriter is that he may never be    More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 PETE COTTELL

Your Rival: Friday, Oct. 18

Power pop wise beyond its years.


Music Stories
Thirty-year-old former emo kids still haven’t found it in their hearts to forgive Weezer for its last decade of music. Many fans threw 2001’s Green Album under the bus for being a bombastic    More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 PETE COTTELL

Pac From the Grave

128 bytes and 35 years later, people are still making new games for the Atari 2600.


Culture Features
One summer day in 1989, my family found an Atari 2600 at a yard sale. Even then, it was a wood-paneled relic of a simpler time, before slap bracelets or mutated turtles. My parents were happy to   More
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 PETE COTTELL

Joan of Arc: Friday, Sept. 27

A conversation with guitarist, vandweller and temporary Earth person Sam Zurick.


Music Stories
Imagine being in an emo band in the Midwest circa 1998. This was a time before iTunes, before MySpace, before Napster, even. If you had any aspirations to graduate from the local basement scene to   More
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 PETE COTTELL

Vanifest Destiny: Vanzanita

I get booted from a beach town by the cops and give deep thought to the van plan.


Culture Features
Is this what a tsunami feels like? That’s what I thought as I awoke to find my home violently rocking back and forth. I cursed myself for not paying attention to the tsunami evacuation route s   More
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 PETE COTTELL

Stalking a Stalker

A crummy 12 hours spent in front of some phony’s house.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Around my fourth hour of staring at a nondescript ranch house in the foothills of Mount Tabor, my mind begins to wander. My laptop picks up an errant Wi-Fi signal from one of the neighborhood’s    More
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 PETE COTTELL

Danny Bland, In Case We Die

Chokin’ on the ashes of her enemy…


Books
If you were to ask Danny Bland what being a junkie musician in early ’90s Seattle was all about, you’d probably get an earful. Having logged time as the bassist of Cat Butt and the Dwarves,    More
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 PETE COTTELL
 

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