The six islands comprising the Fortress of Suomenlinna in Helsinki, Finland, have the kind of forlorn beauty that one would expect in this pocket of Scandinavia -- and a quirky, varied culture all their own.
Are you a dromomaniac (insatiable traveler)? Of course you are -- if you weren't a xenomaniac (inquisitive person obsessed with foreign things and places) you wouldn't be reading this. You've come to the right place.
Becoming more active will not only make it easier to be in shape for the next trip, it can give any mounting depression a cheerful kick in the face. You may also conveniently lose some of the weight you gained at that last round of restaurants in Florence.
If you're destined for a place where it's easier to buy a goat than a bottle of Purell, or where the locals think that "Samsonite" is the name of an American airline, find space next to your swimsuit for these essentials.
Thursday night, the siren song of Julian Koster's singing saw lured us -- like mice to cheese -- out of our warm, smoky Hobbit Holes to the Tower Theater in Philadelphia on a dark arctic evening to hail the return of the King Of Carrot Flowers and his band of merry men.
It was in the midst of glam metal and punk rock in late 1970s Los Angeles that Terri Nunn, the queen of New Wave, emerged as the lead vocalist of Berlin. Nunn mesmerized with tantalizing appeal, encompassing the alluring glam of David Bowie combined with the powerful confidence of Grace Slick.
In 2009, the civil war in Sri Lanka ended with the Tamil Tigers admitting defeat. While tourism to the island has been growing rapidly since then, it is still a relatively new trend, which is precisely why musician Luke Temple opted to visit the South-Asian nation.
Remember when concert tours were eco-friendly? Yeah, me neither. But this, "said no one ever," is potentially on its way to being a, "said everyone." Reverb, a non-profit, is working to green-ify music tours and do outreach and education.
Many musicians try and find success with one band or one outlet. It is very rare that a musician can find deep success and respect with two bands. For Peter Hook, who played bass in both Joy Division and New Order, he has managed to accomplish that task.
A few weeks back I posted a blog about singer-songwriter Tristan Prettyman. Not only is she a talented writer and musician, but she is also a growing woman who has embraced love, heartbreak, and life, and she is not afraid to share her experiences with those around her.