Are you ready, theatergoers? Photo: Joan Marcus “When are you going to learn, SpongeBob? The world is a horrible place filled with fear, suffering, and despair … also, dashed hopes, shattered dreams, broken promises, and abject misery.” So sighs Squidward Q. Tentacles, a morose fussbudget of a cephalopod with a minor mommy fixation and not-so-secret dreams of theatrical glory, who’s now squelching his way across the stage of the Palace Theatre along with a splashy assortment of fellow sea creatures, in that most improbable and most delightful of musical adaptations: SpongeBob SquarePants. Skeptics better tie themselves to the mast if they want to survive this tempest of effervescent candy-for-the-spirit. Even if you venture into the Palace feeling Squidward-ish, it’s a truly gloomy soul who’ll be able to leave without mirroring the dopey grin with which the show’s absorbent yellow hero responds to his buddy’s existential angst: … [Read more...] about Adaptable, Yellow, and Porous Is He!
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Six years since their debut, the power-poppers reemerge from industry hassles & hangups that would've thwarted most bands. For much of this decade, Potty Mouth has been, as the industry likes to say, a band to watch. A band on the rise. Up-and-comers. A punk band with a solid following built off a couple of promising releases, on the brink of something bigger. What exactly was that something? That's the first place they started to buck industry expectations. In summer 2015, the Western Mass.-bred trio released a catchy, polished self-titled EP led by their sonic sunbeam of a single, "Cherry Picking." It upped the ante considerably from their scuzzier, punker 2013 debut, Hell Bent. When Potty Mouth formed in 2011, frontwoman Abby Weems, then still in high school, was admittedly just learning to play guitar. Same for guitarist Phoebe Harris (who left the band before the EP release). Ally Einbinder felt her growth as a bassist had been stifled by … [Read more...] about From Punk to Pop & Back Again: Potty Mouth’s Utterly Unique Path to Its Hook-Filled Sophomore LP ‘Snafu’
MILWAUKEE — The streak had to end sometime. So, why not here? This is the city where the Los Angeles Lakers’ NBA-record streak of 33 wins was snapped on Jan. 9, 1972, and it’s now the city where the Warriors’ captivating run of 28 wins ended Saturday night. The Warriors didn’t fly around on defense like usual, didn’t make three-pointers like usual and didn’t play with the joy that has made them the most compelling thing in sports for the past six weeks. They tried, but their bodies wouldn’t let them. A night after a physically and mentally taxing double-overtime victory in Boston, the Warriors looked like exhausted, slow-motion versions of their typically fiery selves in losing 108-95 to the Bucks. “With what they did to start the season, there’s no reason for anyone to hang their heads in the locker room for losing that game,” Warriors interim head coach Luke Walton said. “They’ve been incredible all year, … [Read more...] about Warriors fall to Bucks, ending win streak at 28 games
Most sports columnists are remorselessly jocular, wagging their tails at every predictable turn. Just crack a hyperbolic one-liner, think for a few seconds and crack an even more extravagant one...and another...and another. All equally unfunny. In a sea of wiseacres, handkerchief-wringers and designated hotheads, no pundit is wittier than Steve Rushin, who sends up biweekly flares from his back-page column in Sports Illustrated. "His prose is marked by smarts, even wisdom, and delivered with poetic humor and easy grace," says a former colleague. "A web of barbs and allusions anchored by a couple of running jokes, a triple pun and a final perfect landing—like an Olympic gymnast who comes to earth, without a tremor and an extra hop." It should come as no surprise, then, that the 48-year-old Rushin was once asked to submit a Top 10 list toLate Show With David Letterman. Which he did, in what turned out to be one of the most disharmonic convergences of the 1990s. We caught up with … [Read more...] about Steve Rushin on How Not to Work for Letterman