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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: 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 |2019-05-16T13:10:11-04:00May 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 |2019-05-09T09:47:58-04:00May 9th, 2019|COLUMNS, Only Noise|

ONLY NOISE: Seven Songs That Help Me Navigate Depression and Anxiety

Soccer Mommy's "Your Dog" reminds the author that everyone deserves respect, even on their darkest days. Photo by Daniel Topete ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack. This week, Lauren Rearick compiles a playlist of songs she's leaned on to cope [...]

By |2019-04-05T17:19:39-04:00May 2nd, 2019|COLUMNS, Only Noise|

ONLY NOISE: Music Fuels My Postpartum Self-Care

ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack. This week, Liz Tracy reconnects to her former self via the music she loved before she became a mom. In the tiny basement gym in my parents' apartment building, I gingerly stepped on the elliptical machine. [...]

By |2019-04-05T16:07:51-04:00April 25th, 2019|COLUMNS, Only Noise|

ONLY NOISE: Living With Ghosts of the Korean Family I Never Knew

Patty Griffin. Photo by Michael Wilson. ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack. This week, Juli Fraga taps into her unresolved grief with help from Patty Griffin's 1996 LP Living With Ghosts.  As a Korean adoptee who was raised in the [...]

By |2019-04-02T15:02:31-04:00April 18th, 2019|COLUMNS, Only Noise|

ONLY NOISE: How PUP – and Punk Rock – Changed My Relationship with Physical Intimacy

PUP photo by Vanessa Heins. ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack. This week, Sophia Vaccaro finds empowerment and personal autonomy in the mosh pit, with PUP providing the punk rock release. The mosh pit at a PUP show helped Sophia [...]

By |2019-04-09T17:17:27-04:00April 11th, 2019|COLUMNS, Only Noise|

ONLY NOISE: In the Wake of Kurt’s Suicide, Courtney Love Changed My Life

Courtney Love and author Carla Black in 2000. Photo by Gillian G. Gaar, courtesy Carla Black. ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack. This week, legendary ROCKRGRL editor Carla Black remembers how her sympathy for a grieving Courtney Love in the [...]

By |2019-04-05T16:11:36-04:00April 4th, 2019|COLUMNS, Only Noise|

ONLY NOISE: Kacey Musgraves Still Speaks to Me with Golden Hour, a Year After its Release

ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack. This week, Cillea Houghton delves into her personal connection with Kacey Musgraves' ground-breaking Golden Hour, a year after its release (and several Grammys later). Watching Kacey Musgraves take home the Album of the Year Grammy for [...]

By |2019-03-18T16:33:28-04:00March 28th, 2019|COLUMNS, Only Noise|

ONLY NOISE: How Tainted Love Became My Feminist Jam

ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack. This week, Liz Ohanesian hits replay on the unlikely track that gave her strength on dance floors and in traffic alike. Stuck in the perennial gridlock that crisscrosses Los Angeles, blasting the same oldie over and over [...]

By |2019-03-19T15:55:03-04:00March 21st, 2019|COLUMNS, Only Noise|

ONLY NOISE: A Case of SXSW – James Blake Instigated My Sneaky Crimes in a Changing Austin

All images courtesy Katie Wojciechowski. ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack. This week, Katie Wojciechowski relives the SXSW she spent sneaking around to see James Blake in 2011, before she - and her hometown of Austin - underwent some major [...]

By |2019-03-14T15:12:18-04:00March 14th, 2019|COLUMNS, Only Noise|

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