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.

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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…


Almost anyone who’s watched any movie or TV show can tell you about the power of a well-placed piece of music — it can convey any range of emotions, set the tone, and in the case of episode three of CBS All Access’ revival of The Twilight Zone titled “The Who of You,” make a cheeky nod to the plot.

“The Who of You” follows struggling actor Harry’s trip to the Zone — after he fails to land a role, his electricity is shut off due to nonpayment, and his girlfriend, Morena, gets fed up with it all, Harry gets…


Every Friday, I share the highlights of what I’ve been listening to over the course of the week, from old favorites to new discoveries. Playlist best enjoyed in order.

We’re starting strong with an eight-minute beast this weekend, “Gunslinger’s Glory” by The Dead South, a band aptly described as Mumford & Sons’ evil twins. Like banjo, but with a little more attitude, plus some satire and “wait, what did he just say” lyrics? You’ll love The Dead South.

It’s a bit odd going from the banjos of The Dead South to the post-punk sounds of The Smiths on “How…


Every Friday, I share the highlights of what I’ve been listening to over the course of the week, from old favorites to new discoveries. Playlist best enjoyed in order.

Last weekend was a busy one for me, and I never had a hot minute to post a playlist — which was abysmally small anyway. So instead, we have more music this week, starting with “Black Dog” by Led Zeppelin to kick off a few rock songs in a row. “Caught Up in You” by 38 Special follows, then “Stone in Love” by Journey, a great classic-rock track that’s a…


Every Friday, I share the highlights of what I’ve been listening to over the course of the week, from old favorites to new discoveries. Playlist best enjoyed in order.

Even in (mostly) lockdown, “In Your Eyes” by The Weeknd with Doja Cat is a fun start to the weekend, with shimmery ’80s synths and saxophones that makes it a great dance track rather than a cheesy throwback — The Weeknd’s smooth vocals help, too. It’s a style that works well for him.

Lady Gaga’s Chromatica previews have been solid — both “Stupid Love” and “Rain on Me” are great, catchy…


Every Friday, I share the highlights of what I’ve been listening to over the course of the week, from old favorites to new discoveries. Playlist best enjoyed in order.

It’s another short one this week, starting with what feels like it could be appropriate for the times — “All Together Now” by The Beatles, when we ought to all be dedicated to wiping out a super contagious virus, but instead, people wanting to keep themselves and others safe are dismissed as cowards living in fear.

Following that is “Without You” by Perfume Genius, a sweet little track that has pieces…


Every Friday, I share the highlights of what I’ve been listening to over the course of the week, from old favorites to new discoveries. Playlist best enjoyed in order.

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6OXak72If8aDnJHwiWNk0K?si=0eqltCSkSQGAwKQ_yVPZ8g

“Short and weird” seems to be the theme of these playlists as of late.

Whitney Houston’s fun “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” feels both appropriate for this moment and not — some of you may feel as Whitney does, longing for someone to dance with, but the song itself is designed for dancing and may just be a reminder that many of us are still stuck inside…

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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