Category Archives: entertainment

summer music / 3

October 18, 2016

entertainment / life / weekend

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My last hurrah of the summer music scene was a Blink-182 concert in Tampa. I went back to the same venue where I saw Dashboard, this time in celebration of my sister’s birthday. Blink always brings back amazing memories (like wearing out Take Off Your Pants and Jacket on my Discman during a family vacation to Key West).

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summer music / 1

July 12, 2016

entertainment / travel / weekend

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I mentioned in the previous post that I surprised my dad in New Orleans with Weezer tickets. To be honest, I was a little nervous he wouldn’t like standing outside in the heat for hours surrounded by a huge (rather eclectic) crowd. But he seemed to love it when all was said and done so I was grateful for that. There’s something about summer and live music that I just can’t get enough of. In an effort to keep the good vibes going, and maybe inspire your summer playlist, I’m sharing the set lists from Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Panic! At the Disco, and Weezer…

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I’ve had a strong obsession with Something Corporate since my high school days, so Andrew McMahon’s latest project, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, is the perfect transition into a modern sound. His set was short, but I loved hearing his live variations of Canyon Moon and a throwback to popular Jack’s Mannequin hit Dark Blue. His enthusiasm onstage really got the crowd the pumped.

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Apparently, I have seen Panic! At the Disco before with Dashboard Confessional in 2008 at UF, but had no recollection until the friend I went with brought it to my attention. I don’t know if frontman and the only remaining original member, Brendan Urie, has changed his performance style since then, but Panic! puts on quite a memorable show now. For the younger members of the audience, this was the main event. Urie was enthusiastic, humble, and addressed the crowd between songs. He played drums, piano, sang like Sinatra and even did a few backflips. I’m a fan of their latest album, Death of a Bachelor, which they played a lot of, and their cover of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody wasn’t bad either.

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FAVORITES: Ballad of Mona Lisa, Hallelujah, Nine in the Afternoon, Miss Jackson, Death of a Bachelor, I Write Sins Not Tragedies, Victorious

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Weezer is one of those bands that subtly permeated my adolescence and young adulthood.  Undone takes me straight back to high school, Surf Wax America reminds me of late night hangs with my best friends, and El Scorcho was my unrequited love anthem throughout college. They have so many amazing songs because they’ve been around for what feels like forever, or, 1992, and their new album, Weezer aka the White Album, is SO GOOD.

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Movies I’ve Seen Recently (And Liked)

June 8, 2015

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I’ve always fancied myself a TV person. Given the chance, I’m more likely to bingewatch a whole season of Mad Men (RIP) than watch say, a Harry Potter movie. Here lately though, I’ve created a pretty nice routine of turning on a movie before bed to wind the evening down. I’m currently hooked on movies about relationships. It’s no secret that I love love and that includes stories that exemplify the many facets of romantic relationships: the silly, irrational, magical, dark, and sometimes scary feelings between two people. Here are a few movies I’ve recently enjoyed that take a unique look at relationships…

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Currently Reading…

April 9, 2015

entertainment / etc

I have a problem. Every couple of months I binge buy books on Amazon like there’s no tomorrow. It’s a slippery slope, that Amazon, because once you find something you like, they suggest like, 10 more books that look amazing! I’ve justified my most recent binge by telling myself I need reading material for sitting outside on beautiful spring days and upcoming trips to the beach (right?)… Here’s a peek at what I’m reading now…

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Movie Night: The One I Love

February 3, 2015

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I love a good romantic comedy so when I discovered The One I Love on Netflix one Saturday night (yes, I lead a thrilling life of movie-watching on my Saturday nights), I decided to give it a whirl. And it was really good! Ethan (Mark Duplass) and Sophie (Elisabeth Moss) are in the midst of marital trouble when they’re sent on a weekend retreat by their therapist. Only when they get to their destination they’re met with an unexpected surprise.

The One I Love kept me guessing up until the very end, and unlike other romantic comedies, it didn’t focus heavily on typical romantic themes but outlined the relationship between Ethan and Sophie in a very subtle way. Truth be told, I have quite the crush on Mark Duplass (which may or may not have been the catalyst for choosing to watch) and Elisabeth Moss plays the perfect Sophie – very soft-spoken and sweet, but borderline creepy in some scenes. Part mystery, part romantic comedy, it was a good flick I’d highly recommend for a date night.

 

New Favorite Show

December 1, 2014

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Have you been watching The Affair? It’s a new Showtime drama that tells the story of Alison and Noah, who meet in Montauk during the summer and begin an extramarital affair. Alison is a local waitress married to Cole. Both Alison and Cole have deep roots in the community and are struggling to overcome tragedy. Noah is a teacher and writer from Brooklyn vacationing with his family at his in-laws’ for the summer. What makes the show interesting is that one half of the episode is told through Noah’s perspective, and the other half through Alison’s. There are subtle changes in characters’ appearances and events that explain the perception of the storyteller. What’s more fascinating is that Alison and Noah are telling the story of their affair to a detective investigating a murder. Each episode reveals a little more about the crime and about the affair. I find it all very dark and fascinating.

The show airs on Sunday evenings and just got picked up for a second season. You can read more about it and watch the first episode here.

Five Podcasts Worth Listening To

November 20, 2014

entertainment

When I moved four hours away from home to go to college, I didn’t realize just how often I would travel between Tallahassee and Orlando. More importantly, I didn’t realize how boring the drive would be. After exhausting my iTunes playlist with a quickness, I turned to podcasts to keep me entertained along the way. Some have come and gone, but I thought I’d share the others that have remained in my queue, entertaining me week after week.

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