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    • "Weird Al" Yankovic Announces Massive Tour

      The “Mandatory Tour” features tons of North American dates

      Following his latest album Mandatory Fun, his first album to reach No. 1 on the Billboard chart, "Weird Al" Yankovic has announced the massive "Mandatory World Tour".  Find the dates below.

      "Weird Al" Yankovic:

      05-12 Las Vegas, NV - Planet Hollywood
      05-13 Las Vegas, NV - Planet Hollywood
      05-14 Las Vegas, NV - Planet Hollywood
      05-15 Las Vegas, NV - Planet Hollywood
      05-16 Las Vegas, NV - Planet Hollywood
      05-19 Tulsa, OK - Brady Theater
      05-20 Oklahoma City, OK - Hudson Performance Hall
      05-22 Biloxi, MS - Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
      05-23 Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
      05-24 Robinsonville, MS - Horseshoe Tunica Bluesville
      05-28 Indianapolis, IN - Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
      05-29 Mount Pleasant, MI - Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort
      05-30 Cleveland, OH - Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
      05-31 Greensburg, PA - Palace Theatre
      06-02 Boston, MA - Wilbur Theatre
      06-03 Boston, MA - Wilbur Theatre



    • #Unapologetic: Out With the Old Madonna, In With the Old Madonna

      Sums up my feelings about Madonna nicely, including the excellence of the new album (or at least the six tracks that were already released). No one expects Madonna to break new ground in music (except maybe Madonna herself but if I had to guess, I would say even she is not that self-delusional) and certainly not based on her recent track record. But there’s derivative and then there is just unimaginative and lazy. If Madonna is inspired by what’s already come before (even if it’s herself) there’s nothing wrong with that particularly as long as the music itself is inspired - as Rebel Heart appears to be based on the evidence so far. It’s when the songs come out shallow and lethargic that derivative becomes detrimental.

      As a brand, very little about Madonna appeals to me, but the music hits home two out of three albums:

      Ray of Light (1)
      Music (2)
      then American Life (3)

      or if you prefer

      Confessions on a Dance Floor (1)
      Hard Candy (2)
      then MDNA (3)

      Ray of Light and Music managed to capitalize on a hot sound without losing the Madonna-ness of Madonna’s music. It sounded transformative for its time, not tired and joyless. (Unless you don’t like her to begin with but then you read pretty far into this post, didn’t you?) On the flip side, MDNA is the worst offender of her post-Evita career. Not only lacking any individuality whatsoever, worse, it was just no fun to listen to. American Life is equally unlistenable as a studio album but in a totally different way. It produced the best tour of her late career though, so that happened.

      She’s wise to keep pushing out new music even if her motivation for albums is narcissistic backscratching. It allows some of her fans, like me, who care little for the celebrity of Madonna to still enjoy the music. If I had to guess, Madonna would call that a win.


    • Hopebreaker (The Great Iron War, Book 1) by Dean F. Wilson at the Kindle Store

      Hopebreaker New release from a friend of mine. On the reading list for the new year.


    • Day made. Ridiculously happy with the new tracks.


    • Review: Todd Barry at BCF

      One of those times you go in with no expectations and have a great time. The theater was shithole in the basement of a building with no reception and the temperature was 20 degrees lower than outside. It took almost his entire set to feel warmth in my fingers.

      It was equal parts of fabulous and hysterical, especially since neither woman could keep themselves for talking back to him


    • 10 Mind-Blowing Facts About Black Holes

      Number 3 is really the one that fascinates me. I think they touched on this a little in Cosmos


    • Concert Central » Tori Amos, Boston Opera House, Boston MA August 15, 2014

      Ninth Tori Amos show and she is still addictive.

      This isn’t the setlist I would have chosen for my perfect Tori Amos concert but I have to say that it was surprisingly satisfying all the same. Tori doesn’t play for the casual fan anymore (I’m on the fence if she ever did). The casual fan gets dragged by their spouse or bestie and sits in the audience and gets chewed up by the experience and spit out. Tori is a beast.

      From Concert Central


    • Concert Central » Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou, Boston Opera House, Boston MA August 15, 2014

      In which I skewer a perfectly adorable couple that I will probably run into in Liverpool next month. Just read it and we’ll speak again in Hell.

      If all of this seems unnecessarily harsh for an adorable singer-songwriter duo from England, know that I totally agree with you. Their musical talent was undeniable. Their affection for one another was evident. That the songs were crafted with care and thought is without question. It just didn’t translate. And that’s putting it mildly.

      from Concert Central


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      Check it out!  I designed the cover for my very own e-book!  

      Over on my flash fiction blog, A Breath of Fiction, I just published my 200th story, so I have collected them all into one volume that is available here as a free e-book via Smashwords.  Hopefully, the book will soon be available via major retailers as well.  

      You should give it a read! It is free after all…

      Cover for A Breath of Fiction, a flash fiction compilation.


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