RER Recommends: Calm and Collected

A few weeks ago I wrote a post on Bonnaroo and included a few songs from artists that I was impressed by at the festival. Since then, I feel as if my life has been the complete opposite of a relaxing, meditative vacation in what is essentially a hippie state. Instead, I’ve been running around busy with everything under the sun.  As a result, the music I’ve been listening to is a reflection of the calm pace I’d prefer. Here are a few that have stuck out in my mind. I first heard Keenan O’Meara on the YouTube channel of a roadie for the Avett Brothers. … Continue reading RER Recommends: Calm and Collected

Tom Gabel of Against Me! has Gender Dysphoria

I sat here for a while and wrote, erased, and rewrote the bones to several different articles on the recent announcement from Tom Gabel, the frontman of anarcho-punk band Against Me!. If you haven’t heard, Gabel publicly announced that he is beginning his transition into Laura Jane Grace, revealing that he suffers from Gender Dysphoria, also known as Gender Identity Disorder. Gender Dysphoria can roughly be defined as “the condition of feeling one’s emotional and psychological identity as male or female to be opposite to one’s biological sex.” With that said, I think it’s appropriate to begin referring to Tom … Continue reading Tom Gabel of Against Me! has Gender Dysphoria

Friday Night Sounds: Porch Listening

When I was first discovering my taste in music, I quickly avoided anything that remotely sounded like modern country. As a child, I remember driving down the road with my mom’s slightly off-tune alto belting out songs with such a forced twang that it was all I could do not to stick my fingers in my ears. But after driving on my own, and having the ability to turn off the innumerable country radio stations in the Baltimore metro area, I began to acknowledge that all elements of country weren’t terrible. Particularly its roots, roughly folk and bluegrass.  Once I … Continue reading Friday Night Sounds: Porch Listening