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Kyle Dunnigan: F*** You, Mistletoe

Comedian Kyle Dunnigan’s original character “Craig” is releasing a Christmas album. Craig’s All-Star Rockin’ Christmas, You Guys! is a collaboration between Kyle and longtime friend and music producer/songwriter, Jim Roach. While the […]


Reggie Makes Music

I seem to have a problem where I can’t not feature something Reggie Watts does at least once a month on SO, he’s just cooler than a polar bears toenails. […]


Rachel Bloom: Suck It, Christmas!!! (A Chanukah Album)

Rachel Bloom is the queen of parody music videos. She has a way of mixing total sexiness with total silliness in the best possible way, which is no easy feat. […]

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Ethereal Tranquility With Julia Holter

Julia Holter has the most ethereal quality to her music. She makes us feel like we’re surrounded by pixies every second of every day. She’s talented, fun, and her music […]


What Turned You On? Sufjan Stevens, Jarvis Taveniere, Blake Schwarzenbach

Welcome to “What Turned You On?” the Serial Optimist series that is all about inspiration and influence. We’ve been talking with musicians about the one album that changed their life, […]

Eric "Mean Melin" Melin at the AGWC Final. Photo by Maiju Torvinen

Interview With Eric “Mean Melin” Melin: The 2013 Air Guitar World Champion!

Eric Melin of Lawrence, Kansas represented America in this year’s 2013 Air Guitar Championship in a fierce competition before huge crowds. You’d think that would be enough, but that’s just the […]

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Into The Wild With Skylar Grey

Life’s about to get very foreign for Skylar Grey, whose album, Don’t Look Down, launched last week, landing at #2 on the iTunes Chart. Grey is a relative unknown, but you’ve heard her […]


SO Midwest: Getting To Know Grand Marquis

Discovering the musical talent in this country one area at a time, we came across a phenomenal band called Grand Marquis. A blend of middle America and southern jazz and […]


Superego Is Releasing Their First Album: ‘Mount Us More’

Comedy fans rejoice, Superego is coming out with their first album! Pause for a second. If you aren’t listening to the hilarious comedy podcast already, then stop reading this right […]


The Lonely Island’s ‘The Wack Album’ Is Finally Here!

The Lonely Island, the comedic rap trio comprised of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone, have announced the latest round of special guests lending their talents to The Wack Album. […]


The Lonely Island #WackWednesdays & Track List

Hopefully you’ve circled June 11th on your calendar with a big red marker, that’s when all our lives will get enhanced with The Lonely Island’s The Wack Album. They’ve been […]


Five Favs

Welcome to my Five Favs. This is my personal list of things I’m currently digging hard on. Like, so hard it’s bleeding. I’m sure you all know the feeling. You […]


Fitz And The Tantrums Is Alive! (Not A Long-Gone Motown Group)

Only three bands could interrupt a longstanding glassblowing date a few Tuesdays ago in Brooklyn. A long pole with liquid glass at the end, glowing, hot embers, liquid molten. Magma. […]


She’s Crafty & She’s Also A Kickass Tribute

I wanted to interview She’s Crafty because they are one of my favorite new groups in Chicago. Not just because they’re an all-female tribute to one of the greatest music groups […]