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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: To All the Boys I Loved Before Who Loved Jeff Rosenstock

ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack. This week, Taylor Ysteboe connects past and present relationships with the earnest anthems of DIY icon Jeff Rosenstock. On a sticky afternoon in June – the summer after my first semester of college – Aden and [...]

By |2019-03-07T15:45:29-04:00March 7th, 2019|COLUMNS, Only Noise|

ONLY NOISE: My New Year’s Resolution to Listen to More Women Empowered Me

ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack. This week, Tamara Mesko details the resolution that led to revolution when she decided to bring more music made by women into her rotation. Check out her playlist here. New year’s resolutions are generally difficult for me [...]

By |2019-02-27T17:52:27-04:00February 28th, 2019|COLUMNS, Only Noise|

ONLY NOISE: “thank u, next” Became My Recovery Anthem After Falling for an Alcoholic

ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack. This week, Rachel Cromidas explores the healing power of Ariana Grande's most recent pop smash. I never thought I'd be walking around my neighborhood on a Sunday afternoon singing, "I'm so fucking grateful for my ex," [...]

By |2019-02-08T01:57:22-04:00February 14th, 2019|COLUMNS, Only Noise|

ONLY NOISE: Touching Modigliani – My Patti Smith Pilgrimage

ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack. This week, Jennavieve McClelland tours Patti Smith's New York City in a post-graduate stupor, looking for tangible inspiration from punk's poet laureate. All photos by Jennavieve McClelland I sought my kind & found none. How [...]

By |2019-02-06T16:31:30-04:00February 7th, 2019|COLUMNS, Only Noise|

ONLY NOISE: On Loving the Beatles As a Black Woman

ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack. This week, Stephanie Phillips finds a way to relate to the Beatles - even though, as a black woman, their version of Britishness didn't reflect her own experience. Whether it was the power chord-driven emotional roar [...]

By |2019-01-30T15:28:57-04:00January 31st, 2019|COLUMNS, Only Noise|

ONLY NOISE: This Is A Man’s World

Luci Turner performing on stage with her band, BEAU + LUCI, in 2018. Photo by Alexandra Scuffle. ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack. This week, Luci Turner takes stock of the trials, tribulations and triumphs she's experienced as a young woman working [...]

By |2019-01-24T14:07:12-04:00January 24th, 2019|COLUMNS, Only Noise|

ONLY NOISE: My Parents’ Tapes Taught Me How to Love ‘Uncool’ Music

Kiri Oliver dyes Easter eggs at her grandparents' house in the Car Tapes era. ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack. This week, Kiri Oliver takes us on a trip with the soundtrack to her childhood - before "coolness" dictated the [...]

By |2019-01-17T14:07:44-04:00January 17th, 2019|COLUMNS, Only Noise|

ONLY NOISE: David Bowie’s Death Revived My Inner Rebel

ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack. This week, Phoebe Smolin recalls how justifying tears for an idol she'd never known helped her end an abusive relationship. David Bowie was, at age 12, the first person (Starman? Twisted angel? Rock and Roll Fairy Dust Creature?) [...]

By |2019-01-09T18:06:21-04:00January 10th, 2019|COLUMNS, Only Noise|

ONLY NOISE: Cat Power Was My Surrogate Community in the Canadian Wild

Steph Wong Ken at fifteen, on the cusp of discovering Cat Power's What Would the Community Think. ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack. This week, Steph Wong Ken forges her own community in a frozen Canadian landscape via Cat Power's [...]

By |2018-12-06T17:15:58-04:00December 6th, 2018|COLUMNS, Only Noise|

ONLY NOISE: Laughing at the Apocalypse with R.E.M.

ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack. This week, Erin Rose O'Brien pays tribute to a silly song about the end of the world that helped her conquer apocalyptic anxiety and post-9/11 panic. 1. Exactly zero karaoke places have the correct lyrics to R.E.M.'s [...]

By |2018-11-26T15:30:42-04:00November 29th, 2018|COLUMNS, Only Noise|

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