AURAL FIXATION: Lawrence Rothman

Tucson is like Phoenix’s less popular but naturally prettier, down-to-earth sister. When it comes to attracting national touring musicians, though, her allure is often all for naught. They’re just bands passing through, not suitors looking for love. I adore Tucson, but sometimes I’m embarrassed for her, especially when good artists decide to grace us with their presence and end up playing to a nearly empty room.

Sadly, this was the case when Lawrence Rothman stopped here on his way to support Little Dragon on tour. There was a crowd of no more than ten people, and I’m pretty sure half were club employees. Despite the poor turnout, Rothman did not disappoint.

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RECIPE: M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies

Fact: Sometimes you just need a cookie. Good news! I’m here to help.

What’s better than a chewy, soft-on-the-inside, crispy-on-the-outside, buttery, chocolatey cookie? One that’s super easy to make, that’s what. Chances are you might even have all the ingredients on hand. I added chocolate chips and M&Ms, but this dough recipe could be used as a base for all kinds of cookie creations. Go wild!

You may have sworn your loyalty to another cookie recipe. I’m challenging you to cheat on your beloved. Go ahead. You won’t regret it.

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CeDell Davis, Last of the Delta Bluesmen

I’ll never forget the first time I heard CeDell Davis. I was a junior in high school, and I’d made my way to Mississippi for the first of many blues festivals to come. CeDell had a unique style of guitar playing, imposed by a merciless teacher—Polio. Unable to maneuver his crippled hands, he used a butter knife as a slide, creating a beautifully raw and original sound. A stroke has since robbed him of his ability to play guitar, but at 89 years old, he is still living the blues and chasing his dreams.

A photo I took of CeDell Davis at the Sunflower River Blues Festival in Clarksdale, MS, 2000

A photo I took of CeDell Davis at the Sunflower River Blues Festival in Clarksdale, MS, 2000

If you can, help CeDell make a new record by contributing to his Kickstarter campaign. He’s a real-deal Delta bluesman who has paid his dues and deserves your support.

Lessons from Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon

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:  a person of integrity and honor

He was responsible for Alice Cooper’s infamous chicken incident at the1969 Toronto Rock and Roll Revival. To prove his worth as a manager, he went on a 3-day bender with Teddy Pendergrass. He invented the notion of the “celebrity chef.” The story of Shep Gordon—talent manager, film agent and producer—is peppered with one salacious moment after another and will make any rock n’ roll enthusiast or pop culture buff (myself included) lament how utterly boring her life is.

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