‘I Found Myself in a Boat on Mushrooms with Mariah Carey Blaring on a Boombox'

My mother used to have a vacation home on the Mornington Peninsula with her brothers and sisters. My cousin, sister, and I were so anxious to save the home when they informed us they wanted to sell it one year that we came up with a plan: we'd start organizing tiny festival parties in the […]

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Composer Alan Hawkshaw Dies at 84

Alan Hawkshaw, a musician and composer who wrote some of the most well-known TV themes in the UK and was copied widely in hip-hop, has died at the age of 84. He was taken to the hospital last week with pneumonia and died early on Saturday. Hawkshaw composed the loping, almost reggae-like tune to Grange […]

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Duran Duran Review - Still Wild Boys at 40

Simon Le Bon shouts, "Number two in Birmingham!" as he kicks off a second sold-out home town performance at the 1,500-capacity Institute. The far more intimate setting than Duran's usual stadiums provides a sense of what it must have been like to see them when they were the resident band at the Rum Runner club […]

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