Monthly Archives: April 2014

How C2E2 Celebrates the Superfan

Three years ago, I blogged about the first time I attended the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, then in its second year. This fan culture event was overwhelming, and it was difficult to know where to begin talking about the … Continue reading

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How AC/DC Turned Loss into Triumph with “Back in Black”

The rock and roll world recently exploded with rumors that AC/DC was finally calling it quits. Unfortunately, those rumors included speculation that founding member and rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young was suffering a debilitating health problem. The band responded with some … Continue reading

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How Coachella Creates a Digital Community

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is the top music festival in the world, according to Billboard, grossing $67.2 million and attracting 180,000 people in 2013 over the course of two weekends. It’s also an elite experience for the … Continue reading

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Do Wearables Have a Fashionable Future?

Roger Wood wants to turn wearable technology into a fashion statement. Wood is the founder of (ART+DATA) Design, and he recently joined OnBeep, a stealthy, secretive startup developing a new wearable device that will combine serious technology with fashion sensibility. … Continue reading

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How Kiss Created a Great Brand with Rock Theater

They finally made the hall. After selling 100 million albums, reinventing the rock concert as theater, launching their own comic book series, and scaring the bejesus out of parents everywhere, Kiss was finally admitted to the Rock and Roll Hall … Continue reading

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Emerging Artist Spotlight: Beatrice Brigitte

Beatrice Brigitte doesn’t like to follow formulas. The 25-year-old singer rejects the lush production and auto-tuned, anthemic vocals that rule the pop charts in the American IdolĀ era, in favor of a simpler, more organic sound. On many of the songs … Continue reading

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