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Kayley Kravitz
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Kayley Kravitz likes Britpop, vintage guitars, playing the piano, and cats. She lives in Boston. In addition to contributing regularly to the Huffington Post, she is a staff writer at Vanyaland.com. Learn more at her website.

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The Beginner's Guide to Digital Crate Digging

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 3:28 PM

Crate digging -- the act of searching for the perfect record in a crate of dusty LPs -- has long since been the audiophile's preferred pastime. Hours are spent sorting through the racks in used record shops. Sometimes your efforts are fruitless, but when you finally find the LP, it's...

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Catching Up With Mansun's Paul Draper

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2013 | 4:23 PM

Paul Draper rose to fame in the '90s with UK alt-rock outfit Mansun. Known for hits like "Stripper Vicar" and "Wide Open Space," Mansun enjoyed worldwide success before calling it quits in 2003 (to learn more about Mansun, check out my retrospective here). Following the band's split, Draper...

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We Could Be Kings: Looking Back at '90s Britpoppers Gene

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 6:40 PM

It's hard to define the overarching sound of '90s Britpop. Bands like Oasis produced straight-up "lad" rock while art school graduates Pulp explored more experimental roads. In the midst of the UK's '90s indie guitar pop boom came Gene, a London-based four piece. Like their contemporaries, Gene were dubbed an...

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25 leçons que j'ai apprises avant mes 25 ans

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 11:34 AM

On dirait que toute personne de 25 ans écrivant sur Internet doit dresser sa liste de leçons de vie. Ayant récemment passé le quart de siècle, et venant de déménager de San Francisco à Boston, j'ai pensé que je pouvais ajouter ma propre contribution.

1. Rechercher un travail revient...

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Leaning In: It's Never Enough, Apparently

(1) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 4:54 PM

Numerous trend pieces have been written about women "having it all." This usually pertains to women juggling a career and family but recently, studies have shown that even women who are simply dating can't have it all. From Christina Jedra's article in USA Today College:

"An August study...
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25 Lessons I Learned By 25

(84) Comments | Posted September 21, 2013 | 11:21 AM

It seems that every Internet writer over the age of 25 has his or her own list of attained wisdom. Having recently turned a quarter of a century old myself, and coming off of a cross-country move from San Francisco to Boston, I thought I would add my own to...

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The Mod Style File

(1) Comments | Posted September 9, 2013 | 2:05 PM

Growing up, my mother always warned me against discarding or donating clothes that seemed dated. "Fashion is cyclical," she would tell me. Judging from the recent '90s style revival, my mother was certainly right. Platform shoes are everywhere. Floral baby doll dresses reminiscent of the grunge era can be found...

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Someone Broke Into My Car and I Feel Violated

(1) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 6:43 PM

I've been driving the same car since I was 16. As I am now in my mid-twenties, I realize this is quite a feat. My car is almost as old as I am but my mechanic grandfather taught me how to treat her well. Sure she doesn't look as pristine...

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Get to Know the Auteurs

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 2:22 PM

Britain produced a slew of great alternative rock bands in the '90s -- Oasis, Blur, Pulp, Suede, Supergrass, Radiohead, just to name a few. But what about the lesser-known bands? A trip into the annals of '90s UK rock history will open the listener up to a world...

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Bands and Filmmakers Unite at the Music Video Race

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2013 | 8:45 PM

It's been almost forty years since the Buggles told us "video killed the radio star." While the golden days of music television are long past, websites like YouTube and Vimeo have ushered in a new era of music video broadcasting. Last year, the team behind San Francisco's

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Can the Music Industry Overcome Sexism?

(5) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 5:15 PM

Males have dominated the music industry since the dawn of commercial pop music. In the 1960s, male bands were painted as serious musicians while the equally talented female vocal groups were treated as novelties. Slowly, fearless rocker chicks like Blondie's Debbie Harry and Jefferson Airplane's Grace...

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An American Britpop Girl in London

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 6:23 PM

In 1996 Suede's Brett Anderson famously sang the line "Europe is our playground, London is our town" on a b-side from the "Trash" single. In 2013, I was lucky enough to travel from San Francisco to London for Suede's show at the Alexandra Palace. London certainly...

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Ambitious Millennials

(3) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 10:18 AM

The generation known as "the Millennials" is in the news almost daily. Sometimes we're being praised for our progressive nature in the workplace or regarding social issues. Other times we're being blamed for further damaging the economy by our inability to pay off student...

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Make Me a Mix Tape

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 4:09 PM

NPR's "All Songs Considered" blog has yet again inspired me. Stephen Thompson recently answered a note from a reader asking if mix tapes and CDs are still relevant as an acceptable Valentine's Day gift. Thompson crafted a thoughtful response. The basic gist is yes; mixes are...

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Might as Well Be Shoegazing

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 5:23 PM

On Saturday night, the music world was shocked when the follow up to My Bloody Valentine's 1991 release Loveless dropped. MBV garnered so much excitement that it practically broke the Internet. With the recent rise of bands like the Pains of Being Pure At Heart, Vivian Girls and...

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From Despair to Where? Richey Edwards' Disappearance 18 Years On

(1) Comments | Posted February 1, 2013 | 3:21 PM

On the morning of February 1, 1995, James Dean Bradfield of the Manic Street Preachers entered the lobby of the Embassy Hotel in London expecting to meet his band mate Richey Edwards (sometimes known by his stage name Richey James). The two were set to embark on a U.S. promotional...

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In Favor of Being an Only Child

(10) Comments | Posted January 16, 2013 | 12:25 PM

Only children get a bad rap. The stereotypical only child is a selfish, pampered brat lacking social skills. Though smaller families are now the norm, the stigma surrounding only children remains. We are considered maladjusted, socially inept loners. Perhaps it's because we gravitate towards each other that most of my...

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Scissors for Lefty: Indie Rock in the Bay Area

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 5:41 PM

Those of us at the University of California, San Francisco know Bryan Garza as a member of the facilities management team. By day he helps those of us on campus with various tasks but by night, he fronts the indie rock band Scissors for Lefty.

Scissors for Lefty got its...

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Mansun's Legacy

(3) Comments | Posted December 12, 2012 | 2:15 PM

"What's your favorite band?" people ask me. "Mansun," I reply. "Marilyn Manson?" they ask. "No, not Marilyn Manson," I say.

Mansun were an alternative rock band popular in England in the mid-to-late '90s. Though they were often lumped into the Britpop category, Mansun's sound and message were very different from...

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I Was Never a Southern Belle

(4) Comments | Posted December 4, 2012 | 4:22 PM

While visiting my parents for Thanksgiving, my dad made the joke "Now you live in San Francisco! Whatever happened to my little southern belle?" I looked at him like he was crazy and simply said, "I've never been a southern belle."

I was born in Nashville. I spent the first...

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