Author Archives | Desi Rottman

Chicago’s Pizza Underground: 5 Places You Need to Check out Now

When you think of Chicago pizza, you probably think of traditional deep dish from Giordano’s. While Chicago might be known for this, there are a lot of people that don’t even consider it to be pizza (gasp!). The marketing behind deep dish is powerful, but there are plenty of other spots beyond the deep dish […]

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8 of the Best Destination Races From Around the World

Every year, more and more people are lacing up their running shoes and hitting the road. From 5k races to full marathons, the number of runners have been growing over the past few years. With the explosion of new runners joining the field, many new races have cropped up all over the world — and some […]

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Kesha Has Us ‘Praying’ for More With Her Latest Track

Kesha is back. With little fanfare, on Thursday Kesha announced her new album Rainbow and, along with it, released her first new song in four years.

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Travel Guide: 24 Hours in Nashville

I’ve lived in Nashville, Tennessee for about two years now, so I like to think I know what the “must see” and “must eat” places are. Plus, it’s still really fun to live like a tourist occasionally! If you’re just passing through for the day, I share a list of places you cannot miss when in […]

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Travel Guide: 24 Hours in Memphis

Memphis, Tennessee, is a city of music history—and perhaps, more importantly, lots of great barbecue! It’s an easy day trip too if you’re in the Nashville area to explore and take in. As a hustling hub of excitement and fun, my girlfriend and I headed down for a dose of their southern hospitality. To help […]

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Travel Guide: 24 Hours in Boston

Boston, Massachusetts, is a dream getaway for a Memorial Day weekend—coastline, history, and lots of great touristy things to do. If you can only squeeze in a quick trip, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. To help you kick start your summer vacation planning, I share some ideas on the can’t-miss sights […]

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Road Trippin’: A Summer Spent On the Highway

This summer has been such a whirlwind, and when I sat down to compile my vacation photo-blog, I couldn’t pick just one trip. I started the summer by living in Virginia, then driving all over the mid-Atlantic and Midwest, and ended up living in Tennessee.

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Your 2014 Music Queens of the Summer

Today is the first official day of Summer, but in a lot of America, we’ve been feeling the heat for weeks already.

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the hold steady

Certain Songs Get So Scratched Into Your Soul: An Intro to The Hold Steady

The Hold Steady is my favorite band. That said, they aren’t for everyone. Not one person in my life enjoys them, and my best friend tells me over and over that he “doesn’t get it.”

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postmodern jukebox by scott webber

Postmodern Jukebox: Creating an Alternate Universe of Pop Music

“My goal with Postmodern Jukebox is to get my audience to think of songs not as rigid, ephemeral objects, but like malleable globs of silly putty,” says Scott Bradlee, explaining the band that he now leads. Postmodern Jukebox has hit on YouTube in a big way, with over 447,000 subscribers and millions of video views. The […]

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Baby You A Song: The Songs You’ll Be Hearing for Summer 2013

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer, which means cookouts, pool openings, and rising temperatures. It also begs the question: what will be the Song of the Summer? Every year has that earworm you can’t shake, and whether it’s 2011’s “Sexy & I Know It” or “I Gotta Feeling” from 2009, it seems […]

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Sounds of the Summer: This Season’s Tour and Festival Highlights

Across North America, temperatures are finally starting to warm up and here on the east coast, we’re finally starting to see the sun after what felt like the Winter That Would Not End, summer is finally in sight. I’m definitely having visions of everything that goes along with it – pools, margaritas, sand and the […]

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