Political Passport: Jeb Bush & 2016


We're less than a week before the 2014 midterm elections, in which the GOP is trying its best to increase its majority in the House of Representatives, gain a majority in the Senate, and continue its strong leadership in state governments in every region of our nation. But the news Read more

A Blessing for Jack Williams


Friday afternoon, Wise Guise founding members Joseph and Palmer Williams became parents. As with all substantial news in the social media era, the revelation of this birth came from a collage in my Instagram feed of two clearly exhausted young parents cradling a small baby in their arms. I kid, Read more

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


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 Read more

The Lower Broadway Gazette: 2nd Edition


Editors note: Each week I will be sharing the three hottest stories coming out of the Nashville area. These stories have been hand-selected due to the importance of the community. This is absolutely not a spinoff of The Onion — the only similarities are the general story ideas, the way Read more

Can "Gone Girl" actually capture Oscar Gold?


Oscar season has arrived. Hard to believe, isn’t it? The summer was filled with mostly cinematic disappointments. The steep box office decline from years gone by put the industry in panic. While decent quality blockbusters were scattered throughout the hottest months of the year, very few potential awards contenders Read more

Movie Review: Gone Girl


Disclaimer: First off, THERE ARE NO SPOILERS OF ANY KIND IN THIS REVIEW - I simply wanted to share the very basics of what I thought you needed to know about the film. I feel it's necessary to begin this brief review by first stating that this film is very graphic 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.

A Wise Revelation: Grant, You Know Nothing

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I’d like to think that I’m the smartest guy in the room. However, it turns out that I often find myself saying, “Grant, you know nothing.” I have no reason to feel superior in any way, around anyone, especially when it comes to intellect. I didn’t attend an Ivy League school, in fact, I have yet to finish college; I’ve never thrown down with Jeopardy’s Ken Jennings, moreover, I hate Jeopardy; and I am not secretly a janitor that solves math problems in my spare time–part of why I haven’t finished college is that I’m dreading College Algebra.

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The Lower Broadway Gazette: Weekly Headlines

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The Lower Broadway Gazette The Lower Broadway Gazette: Weekly Headlines

Editors note: Each week I will be sharing the three hottest stories coming out of the Nashville area. These stories have been hand-selected due to the importance of the community. This is absolutely not a spinoff of The Onion — the only similarities are the general story ideas, the way they are written, and the format. -Jeremy Wilson

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

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Lake Street Dive 1 Concert Review: Lake Street Dive with Lucius – September 29, 2014 at Minglewood HallBrooklyn 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.

Going Back to the Island: The 10th Anniversary of Lost’s Premiere

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Ten years ago this week, Lost premiered on ABC with over 18 million viewers tuning in. It’s not the best show of the past decade.  But it will likely always be my favorite show because there has never been and there will never be anything quite like it in terms of scope, quality, obsession, and community-building.

This only seems appropriate for the show that gave us the classic “Live Together, Die Alone” speech.

Or John Locke explaining Backgammon to Walt in the pilot episode which premiered 10 years ago – “Two players, two sides. One is light. One is dark.”

There was theology (Mr. Eko and John Locke talking about the building of the temple in the Old Testament), mythology (giant statues missing toes, light coming from caves), family drama driving big global conglomerates and vice-versa, smoke monsters, polar bears, time traveling, hippie communes filled with crazy scientists, flash-backs, flash-forwards, flash-sideways, and “The Constant.” Oh, The Constant. Desmond and Penny. Watching the final moments of that episode reminds me that they’re likely the greatest love story in TV history (we didn’t even meet them until Season 2!) and when Lost was great, it was better and is better than anything else.

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TV Review Roundtable: Premiere of Fox’s Gotham

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Gotham TV Review Roundtable: Premiere of Foxs Gotham

The new Fall TV season is upon us. Last night, Gotham premiered on Fox. The high-budget reimagining of a young Jim Gordon investigating the murder of Bruce Wayne’s parents in a gritty, corrupt city where future Batman villains are simply getting their starts. Alex, Seth, and Joseph share their reviews of the first episode, what they liked, what they didn’t, and what they hope the show will become.

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