Things We Love: Alive staff picks

From the August 28, 2014 edition


Shabazz Palaces’ Lese Majesty

Former Digable Planets MC Ishmael Butler was the star of the experimental hip-hop group’s first LP, Black Up. His Shabazz Palaces partner-in-crime, multi-instrumentalist Tendai "Baba" Maraire, steps to the fore on this one, illustrating why his astral suites are the perfect foil for Butler’s dense and heady bars.


Lo-Pan's "Regulus"

New track from Columbus band's forthcoming album "Colossus" has me all kinds of stoked.


5K Runner app

I hate running, but this app makes it somewhat bearable.

Lauren K.

David’s Tea

This Canada-based tea company has wacky seasonal tea collections; summer was carnival-themed. I just tried cotton candy, and it tasted like I was eating a big poof of the sugary stuff. Up next: root beer float!


Justin Townes Earle’s Single Mothers

The latest from the Nashville singer/songwriter is among his most graceful, and it has me excited for his Sept. 7 show at the Bluestone.


“Breaking Bad” Emmy wins

The greatest TV series of all-time deserved all the wins, even if I wanted to see Rust Cohle do the “Locked Room” monologue as his acceptance speech.



Even Freddie Kruger can’t handle the hair metal majesty of Dokken.


Pocket Wizards

These little guys let me set up what seems to be an infinite number of wireless flashes that will fire off in sync and with the camera. They entirely change the way you look at dark spaces.