Westies

The Westies use Irish, American rhythms to craft debut album

West Side Stories is The Westies’ recently released first full album. This folk-rock band is led by gruff and angsty Michael McDermott, who has had a tumultuous ride in both career and personal life. Early troubles bounced McDermott between various bands and lead to a relatively long solo career through the
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CassMcombs

Cass McCombs, Meat Puppets mix genres in live show

Cass McCombs and the Meat Puppets make an unexpected pairing. The two artists chose to tour together out of mutual admiration, but they share few of the typical similarities for such a setup. Where the Meat Puppets are famous for their energetic mix of grunge rock and country-western influences, McCombs
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Our system isn’t broken, it’s dead

Two Steps Forward

Rather than rolling our eyes at the Tea Party, we should take a cue from them. For too long, we have been bound by classical party strictures, shoving ourselves into limited and gridlocked groups that function only for the interests of their pockets and pride. As misguided as the new far right may be, by threatening to break away from the GOP, they’re on the cusp of being far more progressive than any socialists. Rather than forcing ourselves into the too-small boundaries of the parties that exist, young people today should search for options that fit their ideas.
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