October 9, 2013 |
Every time I'm out at a bar with friends, it seems like we're on some sort of Love Safari. We all form a circle to create a plan of attack while searching the bar for people to talk to, all in the hopes of meeting someone. But alas, most nights we all go home alone. Tails between our legs. Tacos and water in hand. No potential romantic interest in sight. As a young single person living in a major city, it seems like every weekend I'm expected to dedicate myself to long nights, too many drinks and fuzzy memories.
July 15, 2013 |
Now that we're firmly ensconced in the fiery hell that is July in Chicago, you're going to have to make a couple of tough decisions: Drink of Summer and Song of Summer. Because you're probably still wringing out your liver from last weekend, we'll address that second one first. Right now, Billboard's Song of Summer chart is a fierce battle between Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and Daft Punk's "Get Lucky. " But right now, we'd like to take a trip back to summers past and check on how some other songs of summer have held up. ...
February 21, 2013 |
Perhaps the most impressive thing about Danica Patrick's history-making win of the pole at the Daytona 500 is she did so while dealing with a new high-profile romance. Before Sunday's qualifying race, most headlines about the 30-year-old Roscoe, Ill. native revolved around her relationship with new boyfriend, fellow NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. If Patrick takes the checkered flag at Daytona, she'll be on the short list of athletes who have succeeded while in a much-buzzed-about coupling.
November 19, 2012 |
It's difficult to pinpoint exactly when Rihanna transitioned from being the singer of arguably the best song ever made about rain gear (“Umbrella”) to becoming an object of constant scrutiny. Whether it's due to deft marketing or just societal inhibitions that we've reached a point where people are outraged over a singer making a song full of sexual innuendos about cake frosting (last year's “Birthday Cake (Remix)”), here we are. Rihanna's new album, “Unapologetic,” squarely takes aim at our more trolling-attuned reflexes, begging us to talk...
November 19, 2012 |
*** (out of 4) Rihanna's new album “Unapologetic,” her best since “Good Girl Gone Bad” and maybe her best ever, finds the singer conflicted. She explores both tragic love and her general badassness in a way that hints at some interior reality. (This vulnerability, and the power of hope in a place fractured by love, contrasts with the impregnable ice fortress of pop stardom Rihanna has built around her.) With that mission in mind, the singer's A-team of collaborators offers a varied range of ideas that Rihanna handles skillfully.
November 7, 2012 |
As if it's not enough that Rihanna has 61.7 million likes on Facebook, an album that's about to drop and deluxe version of that album that's set to retail for a whopping $250, the superstar will begin touring next March. LiveNation has just announced that the 28-city tour, entitled “Diamonds,” will feature special guest A$AP Rocky. The show kicks off in Buffalo, NY on March 8. The Chicago show is scheduled for March 22. The tour is named after her current radio hit “Diamonds,” which is RiRi's fastest-rising single to date. The song reached #5 on the Top...