Unplugged: 5 Acoustic Versions That Are Better Than the Originals

Unplugged: 5 Acoustic Versions That Are Better Than the Originals

If you play guitar—and often enough, even if you don't—there's a good chance you have an acoustic lying around somewhere. Simpler and quieter than an electric, acoustic guitars are the most universal incarnation of the world's most popular six-stringed instrument (sorry, violists) and perhaps the laziest commodification of that ubiquity is the never-ending trend of [...]

Slow Down: James Gleick’s Faster and Dead Swords’ Enders

Slow Down: James Gleick’s Faster and Dead Swords’ Enders

Before I even arrived on campus for my freshman year, I had a homework assignment. A copy of James Gleick's Faster: The Acceleration of Just About Everything had been sent to every incoming freshman at my college and we had been instructed to read it prior to orientation. At the time, this really pissed me [...]

Rock Band Karaoke: Weezer’s The Teal Album

Rock Band Karaoke: Weezer’s The Teal Album

At the north end of downtown Ann Arbor, sitting on Main Street between a coffee shop and a catering company, there's a German-themed restaurant called Heidelberg. The first floor features a traditional dining room while the basement is a rathskeller where you'll find a bunch of twenty-somethings trying to drink das boot. Above both of [...]