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Best music memories, glimpses of rock star lives in 2013

January 9, 2014

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Some of the best songs written are about adventure — seeking it or experiencing it on the road touring — not glamorizing wealth based on possessions. But it’s no secret that musicians of any genre must pay their dues and prove themselves to the music industry, putting in hard work with tiresome hours and a […]

Rock It: Maltreated or muscled, local rockers share lifestyle habits

November 21, 2013

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By Rachael Mattice Lights are beaming, the guitars are resonating in the amps and all eyes are glaring at the stage – the audience is about to witness a rock show. The patrons want the musicians to yell and strum with confidence to energize their movement. The lifestyle of a rock star — traveling or […]

Rock it: Your monster bash, free of the ‘Monster Mash’

November 14, 2013

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Rock it: Your monster bash, free of the ‘Monster Mash’ By: RACHAEL MATTICE As amusing as it is to hear Bobby Pickett’s cartoonish “Monster Mash” while elementary kids parade in school hallways in costume, Halloween has developed into an adult holiday, not just with family-oriented trick-or-treating. Competition with intricate costumes, festive alcoholic drinks, more horror and slasher […]

Rock It: Will ‘Snoop Lion’ alienate his fans?

November 14, 2013

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Rock It: Will ‘Snoop Lion’ alienate his fans? By: Rachael Mattice What’s his name? – Snoop Dogg. Not anymore. In late July, the hip-hop artist known as the Doggfather announced that he had been rechristened “Snoop Lion,” a name that represented a transition from rap music to reggae. After taking a sabbatical to Jamaica to learn […]

Rock It: What’s new with Greater Lafayette-linked musicians

November 14, 2013

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Rock It: What’s new with Greater Lafayette-linked musicians By: Rachael Mattice The era of instant updates on social media makes it extremely convenient for any technologically savvy music fiend to stay up to speed on their favorite musicians. And although you could Google international groups or search for links to articles using hashtags, there is no Lafayette […]

Rock It: Was Beyonce right to lip-sync national anthem?

November 14, 2013

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Rock It: Was Beyonce right to lip-sync national anthem? Byline: Rachael Mattice Beyonce has gained the adoration of fans as one of the most powerful voices in music and runs the world of female pop stars with enticing dancing and an utterly flawless GQ cover look. One would think a woman of this virtuosic stature could perform […]

The View From Here: A severed family’s pain eases at last

November 14, 2013

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The View From Here: A severed family’s pain eases at last By: Rachael Mattice Divorce isn’t just the splitting of spouses, and the children in the family are not equally divided down the middle. Divorce is as if someone ripped the seams and they never fit exactly right again. Those tiny pieces become lost in the severing, sometimes […]

The View from here: Seeking peace in uncontrollable circumstances

November 14, 2013

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View from here: Seeking peace in uncontrollable circumstances By: Rachael Mattice I’m in my mid-20s, I am career-oriented, have a job in my desired field and a loving boyfriend of almost three years. Issue: We are not getting married any time soon, nor do we want to. Issue No. 2: He is an officer in the military […]

The View From Here: What happened to the good rock show?

November 14, 2013

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The View From Here: What happened to the good rock show? By: Rachael Mattice Whatever happened to the good rock show? This is a question that could linger for hours. Psychedelic and hard-rock band Monster Magnet vocalist Dave Wyndorf brought it up with me in a phone interview on Monday. Whenever I run into old friends, conversing […]

The View From Here: Taking control of good health

November 14, 2013

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The View From Here: Taking control of good health By: Rachael Mattice After a stressful work day, some people turn to happy hour, a few grab treats from the candy shop, and some grab the remote and immediately crash on the couch in front of the television to engage in something that doesn’t require mental energy. Although I […]