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A Union of Man and Woman, of Whiskey and Grapefruit

Crafting original cocktails is simultaneously the most exciting and the most daunting part of this mixology hobby I’ve adopted. When you create a successful new drink – or even just a clever variation on an existing one – you can taste the synergy and magic almost right away. But, unfortunately, I’m as often (or probably more often) surprised when a drink which in my head blends together great flavors, on actual execution, simply falls flat.

Practice. Practice. Practice. Continue reading

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How much live music can you get for the price of a laptop? (Part 2)

NOTE: Because this review is so long, I’ve split it into two posts. This is Part 2. Part 1 is available here.

Where was I? Oh yeah, lots of memorable concerts this year…

Rogue Wave – August 6 @ Hard Rock Café, Chicago

Rogue Wave

“Hi. We’re Rogue Wave and this is the strangest show we’ve ever done.” Continue reading

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How much live music can you get for the price of a laptop? (Part 1)

NOTE: Because this review is so long, I’ve split it into two posts. This is Part 1. Part 2 is available here.

After my interest in live music blew up last year, I began keeping track of all the acts I was seeing. Dates, venues and ticket prices all dutifully went into my files. Now as 2010 comes to a close, I thought it would be fun to sit down and look a little closer at the numbers; now I have quantitative proof that this was a great year for music! Thankfully, when I counted it all up, I didn’t actually spend as much money on concerts in 2010 as I thought I did. In total, it was only about as much as a new laptop, and looking back, I think it was money well spent. Continue reading

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But I hate when I feel like this and I never hated you

Frightened Rabbit

Scott Hutchinson of Frightened Rabbit (picture via "rokbun - Scotland's Live Music")

I had chills this morning, and they weren’t because of Chicago’s unseasonable frost warning. They came, instead, from listening to “Poke” off the 2008 album Midnight Organ Fight from Scottish indie-rockers Frightened Rabbit. The album is a colossal breakup album with songs that swing funny, angsty, defiant and, in the case of “Poke,” downright movingly sad. Continue reading

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Melancholia

I was seated on the shore of Lake Michigan, perched on a rock with the lapping water just a few feet away. There was little wind and so the waves crested only when reaching the shore and I had a gentle rhythm lulling me into thought. My mind wandered to Edvard Munch’s Melancholy and I felt myself there. Perched with head in hands, I longed to find something to focus on. The trees in the distance; a wavering, dusk-shrouded building in a far-off city further down the coast; the details of the rocks beneath my feet.

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