Holy Ghost Tour

I finally got to see Joyce Manor and Modern Baseball perform. With Thin Lips opening the show, the venue was filled with good energy and good performances. (Unedited photos, soon-to-be edited and uploaded via Teenlink.)

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First Show in a Couple of Months

I finally went to a show after months of being too tired or busy with school work to go to one (still disappointed I didn’t see Beyoncé perform because I had to study for my final for my human bio lab). I got to see: Diet Cig, who were super energetic; Brick + Mortar, who were also energetic but more “weird”; and The Front Bottoms, whom I’ve been wanting to see since high school.

Here are a couple of pictures I took via Teenlink that will go up in a photo gallery on its website later:

Modern Baseball Premiere “Holy Ghost”; Talk Growing Up and Calming Down

I really started to listen to MoBo a lot end of junior year/senior year of high school; haven’t really been keeping up them since college started. I think the new album is filling me up with a lot of sappy, nostalgic feelings. They’re probably one of those bands I’ll always be thankful for, even if I stop listened to them. Have to give it a couple of more listens to really pay attention to the lyrics, but sounds pretty good.

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“We were dealing with a lot of loss and change in our lives—grieving not only for ourselves, but for others.”—Brendan Lukens

Holy Ghost, the third full-length by Philly’s Modern Baseball, is the kind of album where small details take on great significance. In the roaring, rapturous “Mass,” Jake Ewald doesn’t just write about missing someone, he dials in on the specifics: “Days like this I miss listening to records/ making coffee together/ snow globes and jersey sheets.” In “Breathing in Stereo,” Brendan Lukens summons a similar emotion, writing, “I can’t help thinking about you this whole ride home/ from Alberta, Portland to wherever I’ll soon unfold.” That deep focus, plus their ability to pair it with songs that are almost effortlessly melodic, makes Holy Ghost not only the band’s best record, but also one of the best rock records of the year.

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Vetoing Anti-Overdose Drugs Doesn’t Stop Addiction

A longer, opinionated version of the article I wrote for Outloud:

In April, Maine Gov. Paul LePage vetoed a bill that would allow pharmacists to give out an anti-overdose drug without a prescription.

According to LePage, the drug, naloxone, “does not truly save lives; it merely extends them until the next overdose.”

He went on to say that passing the bill will create “a situation where an addict has a heroin needle in one hand and a shot of naloxone in the other,” and stressed that it will “[produce] a sense of normalcy and security around heroin use that serves only to perpetuate the cycle of addiction.”

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New Bridge to Benefit Student Pedestrians (first article via FIUSM)

My first story via FIUSM was released almost a month ago.

Here’s a snippet and a link of the article published on FIUSM:

In attempt to make transportation not only easier to students, but to the community, a new pedestrian bridge, sidewalks and plazas will connect the City of Sweetwater with Modesto A. Maidique Campus.

Set to be built by 2018, the bridge was first proposed in 2011.

“We had submitted twice but were turned down, not because it was a bad project, but because there was limited funding,” said Kenneth Jessell, FIU senior vice president for Finance and Administration and chief financial officer.

A partnership between MMC, who completed to FIU Football Stadium Expansion, and FIGG Bridge Engineers will finalize the designs of the bridge. The bridge will link Sweetwater with the northern entrance of FIU over Southwest Eighth Street. Improvements will also be made to the entrances of MMC and to the 109 Avenue area in Sweetwater.

Read More at: http://fiusm.com/2016/02/22/new-bridge-to-benefit-student-pedestrians/

Anonymous Guitars 3/1/15 — Tiny Moving Parts, Rozwell Kid, Shine, Superhaunted

You Blew It!’s winter tour stopped at Anonymous Guitar on March 1st. Local bands Superhaunted and Shine opened the show for the touring bands, Rozwell Kid, Tiny Moving Parts, and You Blew It!

For the past almost two years, I’ve co-managed an online magazine centered around South Florida called Twin Size Magazine. Through our social media accounts (we’re active on Twitter, Tumblr, and YouTube), we post album reviews, photos we take at concerts, and interviews with both local and touring bands. More photos can be found on our blog, twinsizemagazine.tumblr.com .