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Janet Jackson Unbreakable
Janet Jackson Unbreakable
Janet Jackson Unbreakable

"We want to make the artist sound great and give everyone their own sound," says writer/producer James Samuel "Jimmy Jam" Harris III about working with Terry Steven Lewis on Janet Jackson's albums.

 
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Woolamaloo sails international waters
Woolamaloo sails international waters
Woolamaloo sails international waters
 

Sailing takes Jim Away to Erieau

 
September 23, 2014
 



Back in the mid-90’s, I met a woman who had just landed on her first trip to Cleveland. Her flight circled out over Lake Erie – like they often do – before landing at Hopkins. After getting a good look at Lake Erie and later ex...

 
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Bonaire
Bonaire
Bonaire

Usually, I describe Bonaire’s location by holding up three fingers of my left hand like I’m covering each island with a finger and say, “There are three islands: Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire. They’re about 50 miles off the coast ...

 
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Orion Music and More
Orion Music and More
Orion Music and More

Whopperjaw headed to Detroit for Orion Music and More. The two-day outdoor music and lifestyle fest launched in New Jersey in 2012, but moved to Michigan for its second year. While (thankfully) not overcrowded, initial reports ...

 
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Donut Friend, Mark Trombino
Donut Friend, Mark Trombino
Donut Friend, Mark Trombino

Los Angeles musician and engineer/producer Mark Trombino earned his props as the drummer behind San Diego rock ‘n’ roll juggernaut Drive Like Jehu before he produced an array of punk-pop gems for groups including Bl...

 
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Las Vegas January 2013
Las Vegas January 2013
Las Vegas January 2013

I’ve been to Sin City at least once a year for the last few years. Why? It’s definitely not the gambling.  Sure, I’ve thrown away a few bucks in the hopes I’d win big, but I’ve never been very lucky on games of chance and when ...

 
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Macy's Window in Chicago
Macy's Window in Chicago
Macy's Window in Chicago
 

Chicago for the Holidays

 
December 13, 2012
 



Whopperjaw took a very short, unexpected trip to the Windy City for the weekend. We’re pretty familiar with Chicago, usually visiting at least twice a year–once for Lollapalooza and once to take advantage of a too-good-to...

 
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At the Drive-In
At the Drive-In
At the Drive-In

Sunday’s headliners at Day three of Lollapalooza provided another study in contrasts. On one end of Grant Park, singer-guitarist Jack White of White Stripes/Raconteurs/Dead Weather fame played a solo show that touched on a litt...

 
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Flea, Red Hot Chili Peppers
Flea, Red Hot Chili Peppers
Flea, Red Hot Chili Peppers

Day two of Lollapalooza was cut in two by a huge mid-afternoon thunderstorm that ripped through the city. The storm was so ominous, the festival grounds had to be evacuated until the rain passed. That’s no easy task given that ...

 
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The Black Keys at 2012 Lollapalooza
The Black Keys at 2012 Lollapalooza
The Black Keys at 2012 Lollapalooza

Day One of Lollapalooza (check out our photos) featured two very different headlining acts, and we had a hard time deciding which band we wanted to see more. On the one hand, we wanted to see The Black Keys, especially since we...