As I’ve mentioned on varying blogs here on the XMR HUB, I have chronic illnesses. Mine are invisible, meaning I look able-bodied even when I feel like I am on death’s door. I know there are many others like me who are obsessed with music and love going to gigs and try to balance that … Continue reading Gig Survival Tips For the Chronically Ill
Another one down. So here is my annual list of places I’ve been and things I’ve seen in the past year. January 9-20: UK research tripJanuary 14: Good Grief Charlie Brown @ Somerset House, London, UKJanuary 17: London, Sugar & Slavery @ Museum of London Docklands, London, UKFebruary 7: Chris Farren & Jeff Rosenstock @ … Continue reading 2019 Roundup
This past week I attended two out of four nights of Jeff Rosenstock's mini-residency at Bowery Ballroom (nights 2 and 4 - the 7th and 9th -, respectively). Since I have chronic pain, I had a seat in the balcony which meant I had a great view of the show and of Jeff's fans on … Continue reading “stop sneering at our joy like it’s a careless mistake”
It was November 26th, 2015. A Thursday. Thanksgiving, if you were in America. But I wasn’t. I had taken a red-eye flight the night before to London and found myself in a sleep-deprived haze standing inside the cavernous, and famous, Alexandra Palace. I was there hours before doors opened for the night to work a … Continue reading Embodying “God Damn – It’s Great To Be Alive”
My identity was formed at a young age in a dark community center room, with music blaring loudly through amps and speakers. I went to my first arena concert at age 7 (Billy Joel), my first GA concert at 12 (Sum 41), and my first local show at 13 (I honestly couldn't tell you who … Continue reading after all, it was rock ‘n’ roll.