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I sit in the salon chair while my friend and hair stylist Emily rifles through the mop of curls on my head, tilting her head and pursing her lips.

“What do you want to do today?” she asks.

“I don’t know,” I say. “What do you want to do?”

Most of my appointments start like this. It’s how I’ve ended up with a spectrum of bright hair colors over the last couple of years, never the same one two or three months in a row — colors I once was terrified to try.

Confidence was never really my thing. I…


Although it was first recorded by Billy Edd Wheeler, the song “Jackson” is now best known as an iconic Grammy-winning duet between country-music power couple Johnny Cash and June Carter.

This weekend, drag performer Trixie Mattel enlisted singer Orville Peck for a cover of the classic song as part of album Full Coverage Vol 1., with Mattel calling it “a stunning callback to the golden era of country music.” Peck, for his part, praised it as one of his favorite country duets and nailed what makes it such a great song. “There’s never been a greater country duo than…


Songwriter Jim Steinman died on April 19 due to what his website describes as “ongoing health issues,” having left his mark on the rock world in particular with a number of bold, over-the-top hits which earned him the nickname “Lord of Excess.” He was best known for his work with singer Meat Loaf, in particular his 1977 debut Bat Out of Hell — which remains one of the best-selling albums of all timeand Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell, both full of big guitars and catchy hooks, but Steinman also worked with some huge names in…


Music videos can be works of art in their own right. Here we take a look at those which have used the medium best.

At first glance, Mumford & Sons’ video for “Hopeless Wanderer” is pretty typical. We see bright, sunny shots of the outdoors as the song’s opening chords play, shots of the band’s instruments, and then finally, the band members themselves. Except…that’s not Mumford & Sons at all.

Rather, it’s comedic actors Ed Helms, Jason Sudeikis, Will Forte, and Jason Bateman, and over the course of the clip, they do their finest impressions of Mumford & Sons…


In normal times, Record Store Day would be right around the corner, the usual Saturday in April marked by indie record stores stocking exclusive releases and music lovers lining up to grab them. But, as we keep be reminded in meetings at work and e-mail campaigns from seemingly every company in the world and just, you know, the reality of everyday lives, these are unprecedented times, and over a year after the initial lockdowns caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Record Store Day once again will be a little different — but what hasn’t changed is the extensive list of releases.


If this ain’t a metaphor… Photo by Tony Larussa from the Tribune-Review

I don’t want to watch a live stream. I don’t want to go to a drive-in concert.

I miss texting my brother tour announcements. I miss saying, “We have to go.” I miss slipping out of work for five or 10 minutes at exactly 10 a.m. to buy tickets on my phone. I miss the antsy feeling all day long of something better waiting for me. I miss being packed in tight, uncomfortably close, shoulder-to-shoulder, the frizzy hair of the girl in front of me just barely avoiding my face or standing on my tiptoes, craning around the tall guy…


How can a theme song be so damn catchy?

Then again, it’s probably the best way to grab your attention. Over the various incarnations of Mystery Science Theater 3000, from its origins to the Netflix reboot, the theme song has remained the same, save a few lyrical tweaks to reflect changes in the show. It acts as a summary to introduce viewers to the show — the protagonist has been trapped by a heinous villain whose dastardly plan is to force him to watch bad sci-fi movies as an experiment. It’s fun and upbeat, better than some actual pop…


The music of Star Wars is iconic. From the bold opening notes of the main theme as the synopsis scrolls the screen to the foreboding “Imperial March,” John Williams created a score that is instantly recognizable, even to those who haven’t watched a single film in the franchise.

The Mandalorian has been entertaining fans on Disney+ for two seasons now with the appearance of Baby Yoda — I mean, Grogu — and his unwitting bounty-hunter daddy. …


My child arrived in this world in a strange, chaotic time.

Last year, I found out I was pregnant in mid-November, two weeks before Thanksgiving. The nausea hit hard and fast and was often a signal that, counterintuitively, I needed to eat. When I did throw up, it was almost always in the middle of a meal — great for holidays with traditions surrounding food. The annual holiday gatherings were a guessing game. Would I throw up? How could I get to the nearest bathroom as quickly as possible if I felt it coming on?

For Thanksgiving, I was learning how to navigate the discomforts of early pregnancy. For Christmas, I…


Pick any TV show or movie with an ensemble cast and you’ll find quizzes to help you determine which character you’re most like. Which Harry Potter character are you (and which house do you belong in)? Which Disney princess are you? Which of Marvel’s Avengers are you?

Iconic group The Four Seasons, led by Frankie Valli, is responsible for some of the biggest and still immediately recognizable hits of the ’60s, like “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” and “Walk Like a Man,” plus 1975's “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night),” perhaps the song they’re best known for now and…

Janelle Sheetz

Writer for http://AXS.com. Former @Inyourspeakers features editor. For the latest music news: http://www.axs.com/contributor/janelle-sheetz-axs-contributor-1061

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