As a holiday aficionado, I am always on the lookout for new holiday albums that aren't just reiterations of the old standards. Unfortunately, many contemporary carols tend to be overly self-aware and irritating ("The Hanukah Song") or just plain insipid ("Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer"). That’s why I was thrilled to find out that Everything But The Girl front woman Tracy Thorn was releasing her own Yuletide album, Tinsel And Lights.Thorn says that ... Read More
America is not the only country to be tangling with issues of reproductive rights of late. This past week, the Philippines made huge strides in terms of their own struggles with women’s health. The Philippines’ Congress passed a new bill that will make low-cost contraceptives available to Filipino women on the village level.  This news is helping to establish President Benigno Aquino as a staunch supporter of democracy and social reform. Aquino, ... Read More
In the past couple of years, the number of Americans who support same-sex marriage finally surpassed the number of those who oppose it.  Data was compiled by Pew Research Center. The numbers show that in 1996, 65% opposed it, while only 26% endorsed it.   New data collected this past October shows that 49% are actually in favor of it, and 40% oppose it (which is down 4 % from this past July).Still, those numbers widely vary in different regions of ... Read More
There are certain bands that you absolutely need to experience live, and The Polyphonic Spree are definitely one of them. This past Saturday night the Dallas based group brought their annual Holiday Extravaganza to Webster Hall in N.Y.C. and it was a moving and joyful show. They’ve toured this for 10 years and will perform the last of this years shows in Dallas on Dec. 22. Lead singer Tim DeLaughter gives off a benevolent cult leader vibe with his white robe ... Read More
Ellie Goulding’s debut Lights reached the U.S. in 2011, but it didn’t take off for over a year. Now, Goulding is new pop royalty, and Halcyon presents a stark contrast to her introduction. Where Lights possessed an almost naïve view of the world, Halcyon shows her to have matured. Songs like “My Blood” and “Dead in the Water” take hopelessness to new heights. There are some nods to EDM—as on the Calvin ... Read More