College Football’s Coaching Carousel: Grading the Seven Biggest Hirings

After the final full slate of games in a college football season, a host of head coaches at blueblood universities are handed their walking papers. This same day in the National Football League has been dubbed “Black Monday.” Unfortunately, for many college football coaches, they don’t even last the night after the final game. At...

South Park : Season 21 Revisited

I have been trying to pinpoint the exact point in time I started watching Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s animated adult cartoon South Park. The show has become such a staple of my television consumption that it seems as if I have been watching it since the time Stone and Parker aired their very first...

Is This the Year for Wichita State?

The mere utterance of “Wichita State” is enough to strike fear into the hearts of NCAA Blue Bloods, and not just because of their  petrifying mascot. The once-cute Shockers have transformed into a perennial March Madness contender, using a stifling defense to fluster even the most organized offenses in college basketball. Wichita State’s high-profile tournament...

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Neon Trees: Burning Bright ’till the End

Neon Trees: Burning Bright ’till the End

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07/15/2014

Like their name suggests, everything about a Neon Trees concert is dazzlingly bright. From lead singer Tyler Glenn’s glittery boots to Branden Campbell’s rhinestone studded bass guitar, there’s no shortage of onstage flash. What’s even more impressive is the band members have the energy to match, playing like it’s their first or last live show…

Formula 1: British Grand Prix Re-Cap (Ouch, Kimi!)

Formula 1: British Grand Prix Re-Cap (Ouch, Kimi!)

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07/14/2014

Ouch is right. After just four corners, Scuderia Ferrari driver Kimi Räikkönen, the Iceman himself, took a turn wide, bumped back onto the track, and crashed at 150 miles per hour. The crash was immense. It’s said he experienced more than 47G—47 times the force of gravity—as he slammed into the wall, taking Williams Martini…

Critical Voices: Kitten, "Kitten"

Critical Voices: Kitten, "Kitten"

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06/27/2014

With a stage presence like Dave Gahan and a distinctly New Wave sound, Kitten frontwoman Chloe Chaidez is back with a vengeance. This week, after almost five years of teasing with EPs, the Los Angeles-based band finally released their eponymous debut album. It’s been a long time coming, but there’s no question that this is…

24 Hours of Le Mans 2014 Re-Cap: Next time, Porsche

24 Hours of Le Mans 2014 Re-Cap: Next time, Porsche

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06/27/2014

This year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans looked to be an awesome one. Narrower tires. Hybrid prototypes galore. Five-time consecutive winner Audi was back with the R18 e-tron quattro. Challenger and last year’s second-place Toyota wanted the trophy. Most importantly, Porsche was returning to Le Mans after a 16-year absence: In recent years, Le Mans has…

Critical Voices: Lucy Hale, The Road Between

Critical Voices: Lucy Hale, The Road Between

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06/25/2014

Lucy Hale takes a road straight through mediocre pop country on her debut LP, The Road Between. The singer turned actress turned…singer…spends the album trying to be herself but comes out something of a boring cross between herself, Taylor Swift and Miranda Lambert. Hale’s Swift songs fit the right mold. Some follow the pattern of…

Movie Monster Madness and the Bay

Movie Monster Madness and the Bay

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06/13/2014

In 1949, longtime San Francisco-based journalist Herb Caen published a collection of essays about the city entitled Baghdad by the Bay. (If you’re interested, it’s available for purchase here.) The moniker, which Caen came up with himself, was apparently meant to encapsulate the city’s verdant—and growing—multicultural exoticism and to conjure an association with the ancient…

A Million Ways to Force a Joke!

A Million Ways to Force a Joke!

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06/13/2014

Love him or hate him, Seth MacFarlane has a knack for mocking society and pop-culture.  His first feature-length film, Ted, played out like an extended episode of Family Guy, was raunchy, mildly funny, and just likable enough to be recommendable.  Following the success of this hour-and-a-half theatrical debut comes A Million Ways to Die in…

The Montreal Grand Prix!

The Montreal Grand Prix!

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06/12/2014

SPOILERS AHEAD! Quelle course et un Grand Prix fantastique! Even for casual viewers, the 70-lap Montreal Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve was quite a spectacle. For the first half or so of the race, Montreal looked to be another cut-and-dry Mercedes one-two finish. But, as Eric Cantor is well aware, nothing ever goes according…

Let’s go to the Ball: Fashion at Gov Ball

Let’s go to the Ball: Fashion at Gov Ball

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06/11/2014

With great music festivals come great fashion – there’s just something about festivals that bring about the daring in all most of us. Sure there were a lot of half-naked dudes running around in cargo shorts and bucket hats, and a lot of what can only be described as a festival uniform (crop top, short…

Mad Men’s season finale goes outta this world

Mad Men’s season finale goes outta this world

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06/09/2014

Several weeks ago, I reviewed the first episode of Mad Men’s seventh season, which is airing in two seven-episode halves a year apart on AMC. “Waterloo,” which capped off this year’s run, fittingly crowns a season centered around loss—and reconciliation to loss—in all its forms: professional and personal, foregone and forestalled, dreaded and imminent. If,…


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