Country music is currently dominated by vapid “bro country” bands and pop-infused megastars like Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood. If mainstream country isn’t you thing, we can’t blame you (although we do encourage you to check out Luke Bryan’s butt, which transcends all genres). However, if you’ve been writing country off completely, you’re seriously missing out. Look beyond the top 40 countdowns, and there are some truly amazing bands making music in the country/folk/Americana category right now. Thoughtful lyrics? Check. Lovely harmonies? Check. Banjos? Double check. Whether they’ve been recording under the radar for years or are just making their debut, here are 11 emerging folk/country artists we can’t get enough of. Keep reading »
Today is March 14th, Pi Day, and in honor of this nerdiest of holidays, we thought we’d help you infuse some math swagger into your flirting game. Because come on, what is sexier than math? Nothing. Nothing is sexier than math. Here are 10 pickup lines sure to charm your way into a hot date, or at least score you a sexy romp on your horizontal axis, if you know what we mean…
Today a very special day, friends. It’s Connie Britton’s birthday! To say we love Connie would be a massive understatement. We are ridiculously obsessed with Connie. As Tami Taylor, she gave us the mother/best friend/wife/sister we always wanted. As Rayna James, she became our new favorite fictional country singer. As Vivien Harmon on the first season of “American Horror Story,” we prayed for her triumph over that scary haunted house. In real life, she’s a Planned Parenthood-supporting badass. There are countless ways we could pay homage to the Goddess that is Connie, but today we’d like to focus on just one of her many, many amazing features: her hair. So many valuable life lessons can be gleaned from Connie Britton’s famous golden mane, such as… Keep reading »
We might be a bit biased, but we think hyphenated last names are awesome. They’re more unique and egalitarian than a single last name, and trust us, they’re great conversation starters. The only problem? Some of the conversations they start are not particularly enjoyable. Yes, it is “a lot of letters.” Yes, our moms were feminists, WHAT OF IT?! And oh lord, don’t even get us started on trying to spell them out for people over the phone. Here are 14 signs your hyphenated last name — no matter how much you love it — is giving you a headache. Keep reading »
It recently came to our attention that for the low, low price of $69.99, you can make a 3D-printed customized “Star Trek” action figure of yourself. Let us just say that again: you can turn yourself into a shockingly detailed, miniature member of Starfleet. LIFE DREAM STATUS ALERT. Obviously we have already spent multiple hours discussing our preferred ranks, poses, uniform options, the inherent risks involved with being a member of Command, and how unflattering the Starfleet jumpsuits are, even on our plastic doppelgangers. In the process, we realized that these action figures would make the perfect Christmas gift, and not just for Trekkies like us, but for every single person on our (and your!) holiday gift lists. Here’s why: Keep reading »
While the latest “Star Trek” movie is facing criticism for its portrayal (or lack thereof) of female characters, let us not forget that the “Star Trek” franchise actually has a very impressive history of strong women characters. Growing up watching “The Original Series,” “The Next Generation,” “Deep Space Nine” and “Voyager,” we found plenty of smart, outspoken, compassionate, powerful women to look up to. In fact, the ladies of “Star Trek” taught us some of our most enduring feminist lessons. Click through to check out our favorite Starfleet feminists–and the important lessons we learned from them!