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Hi! I'm Erin, a college student living in Boston, and this is just a little page to display some reviews I've scribbled. As a media studies major with the ultimate goal of working for the Rolling Stone, I love to go to shows, review albums and stay up-to-date with tour and album announcements. To get a better sense of who I am, my favorite singer/songwriters are Jenny Lewis and George Harrison. My favorite all-time songs are Maggie May by Rod Stewart, Isis by Bob Dyan and Casimir Pulaski Day by Sufjan Stevens. So enjoy, and here's to good music!

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11 October 11

Breakin’ out the autumn sweaters… and the blog.

Why hello October, when did 2011 decide to fly by and not warn me?

As the summer crept past, I found less time than I predicted to dedicate to solitude, but that was by no means a bad thing. I’ve now got a great moderately-long-distance relationship with a boy who wore an eye patch as a little kid and was even on the same t-ball team as me back in the mid ’90s! It’s pretty swell, despite not being able to see him on a regular basis. We made the most of the time we had by having a fantastic summer. We kicked it off with a road trip to Manchester, TN with a caravan of friends, old and new, and got our minds blown by the aural and aesthetic beauty of the 10th anniversary Bonnaroo music festival. This was followed by daytrips to Old Orchard Beach, blueberry picking, many-a nights in cooking dinner and watching a movie, a few days away in Bridgeport, Tuesday trivia nights, backyard bonfires, a Sox game and a few nights at Paradise to see Fitz and the Tantrums with friends and Gomez on our own. Oh, and did I mention sharing a room with Andrew McMahon as he played live for a radio appearance and standing six feet from Jim James for a two hour long acoustic My Morning Jacket set in Bangor, Maine? Okay, so staying home to “save up” hasn’t gone exactly as planned so far, but I’ve grown deeply infatuated with the passenger seat of a certain Chevy Blazer and wouldn’t give up those sweat-infused summer memories for anything. 

While I’m back on a regular routine of working (and wistfully rushing home in hopes of an envelope from a certain graduate school), it seems like there’s no better time to retrace my summer, or at least my favorite performances from Bonnaroo. I realize that although it was my second time, it was probably my last, just because real life is going to hit me hard once grad school revs up and I finally have a chance to live on my own again. So it feels like I ought to take this time I have to recount one of my favorite life experiences before the memories start fading and I don’t have this digital diary to  remind me of all the little details I’d probably forget otherwise years down the line. 

12 May 11
wellsbones:

lostinthepresent:

A letter from actress Zooey Deschanel to Vogue magazine.

 That’s one of the reasons i love Zooey Deschanel @therealzooeyd

Sang it, gurl.

wellsbones:

lostinthepresent:

A letter from actress Zooey Deschanel to Vogue magazine.

 That’s one of the reasons i love Zooey Deschanel @therealzooeyd

Sang it, gurl.

(Source: angelsareneverfaraway)

Reblogged: bffproductions

8 May 11

Bonnaroo Bound: Outfit Inspired by Alison Krauss

I grew up in a household that truly embraces female singers, and Alison Krauss was always one of my favorites. Her voice was more smooth and sincere than anything I’d ever heard, her songs so inspiring. And I loved the way she would cling to her notes so dearly. I used that vocal playfulness as the starting point for this outfit, starting with the pleated skirt and building from there. Light, airy and whimsical yet elegant.

Bonnaroo Bound: Outfit Inspired by Alison Krauss


Bonnaroo Bound: Outfit Inspired by Alison Krauss by ebmccall featuring victoria beckham sunglasses

Opening ceremony
$110 - ssense.com

Rare Fashion: Pleated Maxi Skirt - Skirts and Shorts - Clothing
rarefashion.co.uk

Sandal
$70 - zara.com

Roberta Chiarella beading necklace
$128 - maxandchloe.com

Victoria beckham sunglass
$525 - net-a-porter.com

John Lewis Women pink hat
23 GBP - johnlewis.com

Tags: polyvore
6 May 11

Bonnaroo Bound: Outfit inspired by Band of Skulls

I kind of wish that H&M didn’t ruin this song by making it the soundtrack to their advertisements because it’s made it difficult to picture any other brand to match this song, but let’s be honest— H&M doesn’t do this bad-ass track justice. I’ve decided that if I were to aim to stay realistic with these music inspired outfit posts, they just won’t be that great. So I’m compromising by comprising the Polyvore set with pieces Iwould wear with pieces that are either out of my price range or out of my comfort zone. I love the idea of this fringe skirt, and it’s exactly what I would want to be photographed wearing at the Band of Skulls show. Part bad-ass, part-hippie, complete perfection.

Bonnaroo Bound: Outfit inspired by Band of Skulls
Bonnaroo Bound: Outfit inspired by Band of Skulls by ebmccall featuring leather jewelry

ASOS jersey skirt
asos.com

Cooperative high heel shoes
$48 - urbanoutfitters.com

Linea Pelle leather jewelry
$65 - lpcollection.com

Tortoise sunglass
$110 - amazon.com

Linen hat
$29 - urbanoutfitters.com

Tags: polyvore
5 May 11

Hello, tumblr. Remember me?

So remember when I made a New Years resolution to blog regularly? Oh good, you forgot. Well it so happens that this semester was the busiest yet, leaving little room to think or grocery shop let alone blog. But this summer looks like it could be my most easy-going since high school. Actually, summers were never easy going, even in high school. So scratch that. How ‘bout most easy-going summer ever. While that may seem like something to anticipate, it’s really hard to do so considering I’m graduating and don’t have the slightest clue where my life is headed next. But honestly, I’m taking it quite well. The way I see it is, I’m probably not going to have many summers after this one that I can use to my leisure, so why not take full advantage? I remember the summer after high school, my best friend Jetta and I made a list of all the adventurous things we wanted to accomplish that year. Although I didn’t get to check off much of that list, mostly because it just wasn’t practical, I think doing that again would be a really great way to keep me focused on putting myself first and getting the most out of my summer, instead of sulking about living at home. First off, I feel great about living at home this summer. It’s only as temporary as I want it to be, and by no means a step backward. It’s not forever, it’s just enough time to save up and pay off some of those god awful loans.

But enough about me, I actually wanted to kick off summer and the end of school with a little blogging series that has to do with the Polyvore sets I recently posted. It’s a Bonnaroo related-series (are you sick of it yet? Well clearly I’m not and will not be until June 13th) in which I’m going to take one of my favorite bloggers Jen of jenloveskev ideas about art as fashion inspiration, and use music as fashion inspiration. I’m going to choose a band that will be playing at this year’s festival and create a festival-friendly outfit that is wholly influenced by said band’s music. This could be either really bad ass, or a blogging flop, so we’ll see how things go. Some of this year’s acts I’m most excited to include are completely out of my style-range, which is really the main challenge of this… looking at and listening to these musicians as objectivity as possible and coming into this with an open mind, with no set direction.

Later today my first guinea pig will be: Band of Skulls.

Source.

4 May 11
Hardcore lusting for these.

Hardcore lusting for these.

28 March 11
Festival’s in full bloom. Which is why this isn’t the most practical. First off, the bracelet would fly off my arm in a moment’s time and that’s only if someone else didn’t try to eat it off my wrist first (wait… next outfit MUST involve edible jewelry. It’s settled). The mocs would really only work if there isn’t a hint of rain in the forecast. And if there is, wellies are a must. Take this from someone who wore them all weekend long in ‘09. These shorts are beyond words and I’m hoping to snag a pair sometime soon. They’re just a perfect cover up over a bathing suit bottom. And really for Bonnaroo, less is more. The less you have to foster layers of sweat the better. These sunnies are something I’m also hoping to get for Roo. One of my favorite parts of Bonnaroo is the sense of community. I remember just complimenting every stylish girl I ever came across. Happiness is just infectious down there. If only this were so everywhere. Oh man. Have I reminisced too much? You can tell I miss it a little bit…

Festival’s in full bloom. Which is why this isn’t the most practical. First off, the bracelet would fly off my arm in a moment’s time and that’s only if someone else didn’t try to eat it off my wrist first (wait… next outfit MUST involve edible jewelry. It’s settled). The mocs would really only work if there isn’t a hint of rain in the forecast. And if there is, wellies are a must. Take this from someone who wore them all weekend long in ‘09. These shorts are beyond words and I’m hoping to snag a pair sometime soon. They’re just a perfect cover up over a bathing suit bottom. And really for Bonnaroo, less is more. The less you have to foster layers of sweat the better. These sunnies are something I’m also hoping to get for Roo. One of my favorite parts of Bonnaroo is the sense of community. I remember just complimenting every stylish girl I ever came across. Happiness is just infectious down there. If only this were so everywhere. Oh man. Have I reminisced too much? You can tell I miss it a little bit…

Tags: polyvore
26 March 11

Concert Call: Must-See Shows. April/May edition

Oh hello, blog. Remember me? Let’s not discuss the fact that this semester is almost over. A panic attack will ensue if you do so. So let’s just not go there for now. Instead, let’s just go ahead and drool over the overwhelming number of great shows coming to the Boston area in the next couple months. While I’m trying to wean myself off shows for a while so I can save all my excitement for Bonnaroo 2011 (yes you heard me right!) I’ve been trying to narrow down a couple prime artists that won’t be at roo to go see. Here are my many options from the coming concerts:

4/2 Destroyer @ Middle East

4/2 Jessica Lea Mayfield @ Brighton Music Hall (formerly Harper’s Ferry)

4/5 Starfucker @ Brighton Music Hall (especially for this song)

4/9 KT Tunstall solo @ Paradise

4/9 Toro y Moi @ Brighton Music Hall

4/14 Lady Lamb the Beekeeper @ Brighton Music Hall (check this little lady out!)

4/15 Jenny Owen Youngs @ Middle East  (another vocal and lyrical powerhouse)

4/19 The Pipettes @ Brighton Music Hall (would be so much fun to dance to this!)

4/22 Zola Jesus @ Brighton Music Hall 

4/25 The Submarines @ Brighton Music Hall (may be a Dig Boston presents, in which case I am so there. I’ve been hooked to this track lately)

4/28 Pinback @ Royale (forever one of my favorite songs)

4/28 Tame Impala @ Paradise

5/1 Of Montreal @ Paradise (would make a SICK birthday. they were absolutely NUTS at Bonnaroo 09… in the best possible way)

5/2 Eisley @ Brighton Music Hall

5/3 Pains of Being Pure at Heart @ Paradise

5/5 Peter Bjorn and John @ Paradise (a MUST! the streaming of their new album on NPR has been playing all morning!)

5/7 Janelle Monae @ Agganis Arena (with Bruno Mars but srsly. This girl.)

5/7 Fiery Furnaces @ Lizard Lounge (at Lizard? You’re kidding. A must-see.)

5/10 Sleigh Bells and CSS @ Paradise (will be going to this with my roommate, no matter what it takes. Great two bands to play together, great venue for it.)

5/15 Adele @ House of Blues (got a giant soft spot for this lady’s words)

5/17 Fleet Foxes @ Orpheum

5/19 Arctic Monkeys @ House of Blues

5/20 Lykke Li @ House of Blues (try to stop singing this song, just try)

5/27 Friendly Fires @ Brighton Music Hall

6/5 Death Cab for Cutie @ Paradise (NO! Too close to Bonnaroo. So upset. </3)

6/9 Yeasayer @ Paradise (NO! Samesies.)

*Photo Source: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.

25 March 11
4 February 11

2010: A look back in concerts, pt 3

Jenny and Johnny at Newbury Comics. 9.18

This wasn’t a show, but it was a really, really great day. I didn’t get too many bike rides out of this past year because well, the bike and I didn’t get along as swimmingly as I hoped, but riding down by the Esplanade was one of my favorite things to do in twenty ten. As soon as the weather clears up, I’m bringing the ride right on over to my friend Aaron at Wicked Sharp to have it fixed up!! Anyways, like I was saying the day I went with Becca and Rachel to see Jenny and Johnny was just amazing. We made up a little mini bike gang, chatting and riding down the esplanade. It was a gorgeous day and we waited in line for a ridiculous amount of time to see J&J, all because of my deep and ever loyal admiration for all things Jenny Lewis. In an ideal world, I would one day get a Jenny Lewis inspired pin-up tattoo, because she’s one of my biggest musical inspirations. The night I went to see Rilo Kiley, rode home on Storrow Dr. and thought I’d never seen anything more beautiful was also the night I chose to go to school in Boston. What can I say, Jenny’s got me through a lot. After Jenny and Johnny played probably six songs or so, I thought okay, I got to hear a few songs through stacks of CDs, only making out her features when I jumped on my tippy toes. No. So naturally my first thought was go around the back! We made a run for it and in turn, saw them both on the fire escape and had a little chat with Jonathan Rice while Jenny Lewis was a complete diva, signing autographs for the store. The girls were pissed, but Jenny Lewis is indie royalty. I don’t hold it against her!

 

 

M.I.A. and Rye Rye at Royale. 10.04

I snagged tickets to this show through the Dig the day of. They were offered up and I was like it’s a Monday, what else have I got to do? After rushing home to change into my most out-there outfit, I met up with my roommate and headed to Royale. Rye Rye was actually our favorite part. Rye Rye was great, and that’s saying a lot if I’m advocating for a girl rapper. Doesn’t happen often. M.I.A. on the other hand was an onstage trainwreck. She did more handwaving than singing, was offstage more than on, and it was just a shit show. It was too bad, I really thought if anyone can put on a show it’s gotta be her. Good thing it was free!

Florence & the Machine at HOB. 10.31

The week prior to this show, I was supposed to go see Local Natives. I had bought tickets way in advance. But the semester took an unexpected toll on me, and I knew if I wanted to go see Florence I was going to have to make some sort of sacrifice. While I’m sure LN put on a really great show, Florence was well worth it. I couldn’t believe I was able to get tickets to this show through my internship, I thought for sure it was just too high profile. But the Dig came through, as they always do, and I was able to get myself and Rachel into the sold out Halloween show. I can’t say enough about how overly talented Florence Welch  is, when it comes to vocals, songwriting and performing in general. For more (and I mean more) see here

Delta Spirit at Paradise. 11.26

 The night after Thanksgiving there was such a good vibe. My apartment was empty, all the roommates home for the holiday, so I cleaned the place up in preparation to host my friends from high school (nothing makes me feel older than saying that.. my goodness, am I really old enough to refer to them as “high school friends”? Just wait until I have to say college friends.. then reality will really hit me). We had such a good night. There was a good buzz and my best friend Brian had just turned 21! I ran into Hil, my music editor, pre-show and it was just a really great night. There was dancing, singing and fun had by all. We stayed up nearly all night just hanging out, catching up with old friends, new friends, you name it. My favorite song of the night was easily off their new album “Golden State" and that’s really saying something if it beat out one of my all-time favorite feel-good songs "Trash Can”. 

Cotton Jones at T.T. the Bear’s. 12.12

Cotton Jones. Just the name conjures summery imagery. Talk about beautiful music. I would go into detail, but I already did! You can read the full review here, but in short what I got from the night is that Whitney plays beautiful omnichord, the records do Michael Nau’s voice no justice and wow can these two write some gorgeous chords and melodies. If you need any further convincing, these tracks (“Blood Red Sentimental Blues" and "Little Ashtray in the Sun" ) ought to do the trick. Unfortunately, the band didn’t play a real long set (they were opening for Crooked Fingers) and also didn’t have their drummer with them. But they’ll be back around in the next couple weeks opening for Nicole Atkins at Brighton Music Hall, so perhaps they’ll have a more lively set with a drummer in tow. These guys deserve much more notoriety than they’re given.

And that’s all folks! 2010 is in the bag. Whew. It was a good one. The best, actually. I have little room for complaints. I’m glad that this recap is done with so I can now focus on music of the present and all the great new albums I’ve been listening to. As for next year’s look back, it will begin like this:

2011: First concert of the year was Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger at Great Scott. 1.06. Read an exclusive interview with Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl here

*Photo source 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh