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Love Never Felt So Good

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Last summer’s hit song, Robin Thicke and Pharrell’s “Blurred Lines,” was awesome the first time I heard it. Catchy the next 20 times. But naturally, like most summer jams, it got really, really stale by the middle of June. Then there was the whole Miley Cyrus/Robin Thicke VMA debacle that completely ruined it. About a week ago, I heard “Love Never Felt So Good” off of Michael Jackson’s posthumous release Xscape. Then I heard the version of the song that …

Interview: Kelly English dishes on Grizzlies’ Inspired Cuisine

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Today, The Wise Guise had a chance to chat with award-winning chef and restaurateur Kelly English. If you aren’t familiar, he owns and operates one of Memphis’ favorite and most delicious restaurants, Restaurant Iris, and has recently opened a more casual yet still just as delicious spot next door to Iris called The Second Line. In addition to these two ventures, he also has a Second Line concessions booth in FedExForum and runs the menu for the in-house restaurant there, …

Warner’s WrestleMania Weekend: A Retrospective on an Amazing Event

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It’s tough to sum up my feelings around my first WrestleMania weekend after hearing of the Ultimate Warrior’s death late last night. He was one in a million, a superhero to millions of kids in the early 90s, but most importantly, after hearing him speak at the WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony Saturday night, I can say that he was a good man who cared more about his wife and daughters than anything else. After hearing Scott “Razor Ramon” …

2014 Beale Street Music Festival

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Last year I shared my knee jerk reactions to the Beale Street Music Festival lineup announcement. Comments came along throughout the day lauding how great a job Memphis does getting decent acts to Tom Lee Park for the affordable event, and I felt like a jackass for putting down the Little Festival that Could. The year before last, my last time to attend the BSMF, I wrote a short review and a long rant about how to make the festival …

Here’s to the Ordinary Life

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Before I start, let me say that I’m a Christian. If it weren’t for my relationship with Jesus, I’d be nothing. What you’re about to read might come across as idolatry, but I firmly believe that the things discussed in this post are all things that happened for a reason and things that God ordained for my good. The past six or seven months have largely been pretty rough. In late June, my dad was diagnosed with stage three lung …

In Defense of Cougar Town

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In the fall of 2009, a show premiered on ABC. It was slotted behind what many believed would be the sure-fire hit of the season, Modern Family, so it would automatically have a good number of overflow viewers. Except the subject matter seemed like it wouldn’t be very family friendly. It was a show about older, attractive women out there on the prowl for younger men. It was Cougar Town. But if you’ve watched the show at all in the last …

Top Five Albums of 2013

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As we wrap up this year and begin a new one, our top music reviewer ranks his top five albums of 2013. Honorable Mentions: Reflektor by Arcade Fire; Random Access Memories by Daft Punk; Modern Vampires of the City by Vampire Weekend; The Lone Bellow by The Lone Bellow 5) Yeezus by Kanye West Kanye is on a different level than other artists. He’s absolutely crazy, like insane, loose cannon crazy. But there is no question that he is a …

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