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FREE VERSE: Forget “Whip It”

My earliest memory of Mark Mothersbaugh was from Devo’s music video for the popular song, “Whip It.” The eccentric video frightened and confused me even into my teens, and led me to dismiss Mothersbaugh, Devo’s frontman, as a wacky pop 1980s nut job without the

FREE VERSE: Ol’ Country Patriarchy

I’ve been going back to my roots a little lately, listening to the boss ass country bitches that I grew up on. And while recounting the incredible talent of Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, and Dolly Parton is wonderful, this revisitation of their music has me

FREE VERSE: Spring Break Forever, Baby

Welcome back from Spring Break all you party animals. I hope your week was spent with your laptops closed and something like The Shangri-Las coming through the speakers of whatever beachside bar you found yourself. For me, the music was girl group Habibi and the

FREE VERSE: Me—The Ageist Ass

Just lately, a number of some of my favorite musicians have come out with new albums, decades after their first years of successes. For example, both Violent Femmes and Loretta Lynn released albums this month, and both have me wondering: Does creativity just generally deteriorate

FREE VERSE: Whale Sounds It Is

Once again, in my last year of college, I find myself at midterms asking, “How does this work, again?” It’s hard, and I hate it, but in the end, it’s the life I chose and I’m learning not to further punish myself for feeling the

FREE VERSE: Kate Bush Worked It

It’s mighty difficult to find a positive female role-model that passes my standards. Those standards don’t necessarily include shameless exposure of miles of cleavage, and they rarely entail any affiliation with the White House. One woman who does strike me as someone worth looking up

FREE VERSE: Bubblegum Pop for the Soul

A few weeks ago, as I hopped into a friend’s car, my eyes slid slowly to meet his face at the sound of the bubblegum pop music trickling from his car stereo. Understanding the look, he quickly defended himself saying, “What? It got really good

FREE VERSE: Twerkloose Bullshit

The other day, while bumbling through the morning news as I usually do, I came across a Guardian article with the headline: “How a Mississippi Bounce Concert Was Shut Down Over Anticipated Twerking.” Intrigued, I read on. Settle in readers because, oh my word, is

FREE VERSE: Black Flag is a Bunch of Brats

It’s true. I absolutely hate the iconic hardcore band that gave a voice to the anti-establishment punk movement in the 1980s. In my opinion, Black Flag is a group of whiney, litigious, white guys who used the ideas of rebellion as an opportunity to feel

FREE VERSE: I am a God, Right?

Reading through Kanye West’s and Wiz Khalifa’s recent Twitter feud (you know the one), I was reminded of something I almost forgot: I really, really need to find some Kanye-esque confidence. The hip-hop star is known for his narcissistic comments. Whether it’s in an interview