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Every Thursday, ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack.

ONLY NOISE: How I Fell in Love With 7-inch Singles and Why They Still Matter

ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we're shaped by our chosen soundtrack. This week, Beth Winegarner flips through an old collection and finds it relevant even today. When I was a teenager, I had a ritual every Saturday afternoon. My mom and I would go to Coddingtown, the [...]

By |2019-11-14T16:37:49-05:00November 14th, 2019|COLUMNS, Only Noise|

ONLY NOISE: The Long Way Around

ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack. This week, Katie Wojciechowski finds footing in unfamiliar territory thanks to the late discovery of an infamous hometown favorite. On March 10, 2003, Dixie Chicks’ front woman Natalie Maines told a London audience she was sorry [...]

By |2019-11-07T17:53:25-05:00November 7th, 2019|COLUMNS, Only Noise|

ONLY NOISE: I Can’t Remember All the Shows I’ve Seen. Does It Matter?

A collection of ticket stubs are often more reliable than memories. Photo courtesty of Liz Ohanesian. ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack. This week, Liz Ohanesian wonders what it means when her musical memories start to blur together. My first [...]

By |2019-10-22T03:51:33-05:00October 24th, 2019|COLUMNS, Only Noise|

ONLY NOISE: Playlist for a Schoolgirl Crush

ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack. This week, Erin Lyndal Martin shares a selection of songs that bring back the rush of a schoolgirl crush. No matter how old you get, there’s something that stays dreamy about teenaged crushes. I call these my [...]

By |2019-10-10T22:14:57-05:00October 10th, 2019|COLUMNS, Only Noise|

ONLY NOISE: DJing is My Meditation

The author blisses out on the decks: Dolce Vita at The Lash in Los Angeles, 2018. Photo courtesy Liz Ohanesian ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack. This week, Liz Ohanesian struggles to focus and live in the moment - until she [...]

By |2019-07-10T08:07:25-05:00July 11th, 2019|COLUMNS, Only Noise|

ONLY NOISE: “Pale Blue Eyes” Reminds Me of a Friend I Had But Couldn’t Keep

ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack. This week, Taylor Ysteboe tries to reconcile platonic versus romantic love through Lou Reed, whose lyrics spoke to her when her own words failed. Her name was Alexandra, and I thought she was the weirdest person [...]

By |2019-06-24T17:33:06-05:00July 4th, 2019|COLUMNS, Only Noise|

ONLY NOISE: How Britney Spears Became My GenderQueer Muse

ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack. This week, Jason Scott embraces zir genderqueer identity with a little help from pop icon Britney Spears. Britney Spears’ ...Baby One More Time turned 20 years old in January (talk about a punch in the gut [...]

By |2019-06-24T15:58:49-05:00June 27th, 2019|COLUMNS, Only Noise|

ONLY NOISE: Real(istic) Love

  ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack. This week, Erin Lyndal Martin shares a selection of songs that jar her out of a sardonic mindset when it comes to romance. There’s nothing wrong with sugary love songs. But I don’t trust them [...]

By |2019-05-27T16:04:31-05:00May 30th, 2019|COLUMNS, Only Noise|

ONLY NOISE: Audioslave’s ‘Doesn’t Remind Me’ is my Sobriety Anthem

ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack. This week, Tawny Lara navigates sobriety with a reminder from a musician who lost his battle with addiction. May 18th marks two years since the world lost Chris Cornell. The frontman for Soundgarden, Temple of the [...]

By |2019-05-16T13:10:11-05:00May 16th, 2019|COLUMNS, Only Noise|

ONLY NOISE: I Was “Too Old” to Love One Direction, But Fellow Fans Became My Best Buds

When Hedy Phillips met fellow 1D fans in their twenties, they became her support system outside the fandom, too. ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack. This week, Hedy Phillips finds her people beyond the parameters of a boyband's assumed target [...]

By |2019-05-09T09:47:58-05:00May 9th, 2019|COLUMNS, Only Noise|

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