On Jake Gyllenhaal, Drake & Inspiration


New Year’s Day this year was a cold, rainy one in Manhattan. The bright lights of Broadway had always seemed to warm the chills running through my body, particularly on that date. That evening I was attending “Constellations,” a play brought across the Atlantic from its London roots for American Read more

Why the Undertaker still matters in 2015


Think about it for a minute. We’re in the year 2015. Hot topics of conversation center on cars that can drive themselves, space tourism and head sets that can put us in virtual worlds. And still, one of the major headlines of the Wrestlemania season is how will the Read more

Birdman flies high for 2015 Academy Awards


It’s a time-honored tradition of mine to provide an Oscar recap the day after the annual Academy Awards gala each year. It’s also becoming a regular ritual to summarize what a bore the telecast was. Outside of a few moments of inspired political and social notice during acceptance speeches, the Read more

Alex's Official Predictions for the 2015 Oscars


The Oscars are set to take place Sunday night, and, as usual, most of the winners seem pretty clear-cut before the ceremony even starts. Despite the minor drama in Best Picture, the Academy’s yearly show should be fairly by the books. Could “Boyhood” win Best Picture? Of course. The BAFTA Read more

Inaugural 2015 Groucho Movie Awards


So over the past several years, as 10-15 of you have seen (thank you!), I've done my top movies of the year lists. I've ranked anywhere from my top 25 to my top 50. Even the year I did my top 50, I semi-embarrassingly felt I had to make some Read more

He Said, She Said TV Review: Better Call Saul


Better Call Saul has premiered its first three episodes. As AMC's latest groundbreaking original series spinning off from Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul has had great reviews and ratings. Joseph is a huge fan of Breaking Bad and Palmer never quite got into it. In the latest He Said, Read more

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On Jake Gyllenhaal, Drake & Inspiration

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New Year’s Day this year was a cold, rainy one in Manhattan. The bright lights of Broadway had always seemed to warm the chills running through my body, particularly on that date. Read more

My Problem with Maroon 5’s New Video for “Sugar”

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Earlier this week, Maroon 5 released their video for Sugar, a catchy, hook-filled, bubble-gum pop of a song. Just to clarify, no shame here, I think it’s pretty good. Whatever. Read more

Concert Review: Katy Perry – The Prismatic World Tour at the FedEx Forum, October 2014

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Alex: Should you invest in tickets to see Katy Perry? I use the word “invest” because the act of purchasing tickets to most pop spectacles now go beyond “buying.” Attendance costs per person now are worth a heavy chunk of change, especially if you want premium seating and merchandising to commemorate the whole expensive experience. Read more

Concert Review: Chvrches with The Range – Minglewood Hall – October 1, 2014

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Fresh off the summer festival scene and on their way to Austin City Limits, Scottish synthpop group Chvrches made a stop in Memphis last night and played to a packed room. If you aren’t familiar, Chvrches is fronted by the charming Lauren Mayberry and relies heavily on an electronic sound that harkens back to the 1980s.

For their show last night, following opener The Range, Chvrches played a short set that clocked in at just over an hour. There was plenty of energy, lots of dancing, and little time between songs. A bam, bam, bam concert to say the least.

Given that the band only has one album, the brevity of the set is not surprising, but the interaction with the crowd was minimal. When Mayberry speaks she can hold a room in her hand. I mean, cute girl with a Scottish accent? I’m hooked. But sadly she didn’t have much to say to the Memphis audience.

For a concert that relies so heavily on fan energy to fall on a Wednesday night made me a little nervous that I would leave underwhelmed, but I was quite pleased. It was a very strong, entertaining show. I can say, however, that this band was designed for late night weekend shows or to be festival openers before a huge name like Radiohead takes the stage. They get you fired up, and plenty of people left Minglewood last night ready to continue the party.

I would encourage you to give Chvrches a listen. Their music is incredibly enjoyable, whether on a road trip, a run, or just trying to slog through a Monday on the job.

Concert Review: Lake Street Dive with Lucius – September 29, 2014 at Minglewood Hall

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Lake-Street-Dive-1Brooklyn based Lake Street Dive brought their mixture of jazz, pop, and blue-eyed soul to Memphis last night, along with openers Lucius, for a great, energetic performance.

Led by the dynamic and super-talented Rachael Price, Lake Street Dive has been together since 2004 but recently gained notoriety from YouTube performances of the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” and Hall and Oates “Rich Girl.”

The band’s Memphis performance in front of a decent-sized Monday crowd showcased tracks from their 2014 release Bad Self Portraits as well as selections from past albums.

Price has a voice that is otherworldly. Equal parts sultry and powerful, it kept the audience in awe all evening. I would go so far as to say that her voice is one of the finest I’ve ever heard in person. If she had chosen the path of crappy, reality TV shows that promise musical fame, she probably could have won any competition out there. She really is that good.

Finishing up with an encore of “Rich Girl” that brought Lucius back on stage, Lake Street Dive gave Memphis a great show. Hopefully they will be back soon to entertain the Bluff City. I expect that their career will be taking an upward trajectory as their tour continues and the word-of-mouth about how great they are spreads.

If you haven’t before, give Lake Street’s newest album a listen.

The Sacred, the Secular, and Lecrae

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It boggles my mind and, yet, it’s the primary example that it can be done with hard work, faithfulness, and, most importantly, the grace of God.

It boggles my mind because I first met Lecrae back in the early days of college when he performed a concert at Christ United Methodist in Memphis, TN where I was a youth group intern for the summer. He was also well-known by my friends who worked at Kanakuk Kamps over the summer. We all had hope for Lecrae because, while he was a Christian rapper performing in Christian environments, he was not like most of the other Christian rappers. He was not like most of the other Christian artists.

His work was at a higher level than most other Christian art, whether they be film, music, or television. It was at the next level.

But not in my wildest imagination did I ever dream of the day where Lecrae would sit in with The Roots on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and be introduced as having the #1 music album in America.

Not the #1 Christian rap album or #1 Christian album or #1 rap album.

Nope. Lecrae’s latest album, Anomaly, is the #1 album in America. Period. Full stop.

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