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“Just Mercy” Will Rip Your Heart to Shreds


In all my years, I have never read a more disturbing, yet compelling book. The injustice and inhumanity described in Just Mercy will literally rip your heart to shreds and bring tears to your eyes. Just Mercy must be made … Continue reading

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Best new album of 2015 – now there are two to choose from


Until this week I was certain my choice for the best new album of 2015 was going to be Wolf Alice’s My Love is Cool.  Now the L.A. based alternative band Silversun Pickups have decided to make that a much … Continue reading

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A powerful film – “Short Term 12”


We watched Short Term 12 on Netflix last weekend and were impressed by this remarkable film. The movie is about a temporary treatment facility for troubled teens nicknamed “Short Term 12.” The film is raw, intense, funny, inspiring, heartbreaking, and … Continue reading

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Temples enshrine the psychedelic era…and more


I discovered Temples listening to Impact 89fm – Michigan State University’s student radio station when they played the richly 1960’esque “Shelter Song.” As the first track on their debut full-length album, Sun Structures, the song aptly introduces Temples and a … Continue reading

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2013’s top album – “Soft Will” by Smith Westerns


I have got to admit that I discovered this album later in the calendar year even though it was released in the summer. Despite my tardiness, the crisp, melodic indie/alternative  rock sounds and the fine lyrics of Soft Will make … Continue reading

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Finding musical gold at the end of a rainbow


On Being is the title of a fantastic album by an alternative rock/indie band from Mid-Michigan called Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers. Yes, they have a lengthy band name that would qualify for inclusion on my list of the … Continue reading

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Dialing in Radiohead live


I attended a Radiohead concert last night at the Palace of Auburn Hills outside of Detroit. The opening act was Caribou and from what I saw (the last ten minutes due to traffic) they were very good. Radiohead hit the … Continue reading

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Review of “Dark Shadows”


I saw Dark Shadows last night with two of my sons. While it will not be an Oscar contender, it was an entertaining and fun film. Johnny Depp was terrific (as usual) as Barnabas Collins – I particularly liked his … Continue reading

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The good doctor would be proud – review of “The Lorax”


I went to see The Lorax last night. I have always loved reading books by Dr. Seuss and the fact that yesterday would have been his 108th birthday made it even more special. Add on top of that Fox News’ seal of … Continue reading

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“Tree of Life” withers under its own weight


There are a very few movies I have attended where some of the audience left the theater mid-screening. Tree of Life is now included in that category. While there were excellent, albeit brief moments, much of the film was painful … Continue reading

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