The Letter the Stanford Victim Read Aloud to Her Attacker

Katie J.M. Baker, writing for Buzzfeed:

A former Stanford swimmer who sexually assaulted an unconscious woman was sentenced to six months in jail because a longer sentence would have “a severe impact on him,” according to a judge. At his sentencing Thursday, his victim read him a letter describing the “severe impact” the assault had on her.

This is exceptional. Please read, please share.

Staircase Spirits – “Last Song”

Staircase Spirits (featuring website contributor Anna Acosta) has released their new song, “Last Song,” on Apple Music. When this was sent to me I think I felt like how a parent must feel when their kid wants to show them their latest drawing. Like, you gotta say you like it right? Then they turn it around and you’re like “did that little brat trace this?!?” — yeah, this is really good, check it out and keep your eyes peeled for an EP in the near future.

R.I.P. Muhammad Ali (1942-2016)

Muhammad Ali has passed away. He was 74. From the Washington Post:

Muhammad Ali, the charismatic three-time heavyweight boxing champion of the world and Olympic gold medalist who transcended the world of sports to become a symbol of the antiwar movement of the 1960s and ultimately a global ambassador for cross-cultural understanding, died Friday night at a hospital in Phoenix, where he was living.

The Ultimate Brand New Setlist

In case you haven’t heard, it’s been an interesting week for Brand New. The band just kicked off their Canadian headlining tour as the start of a packed schedule of summer concerts. And in typical Brand New fashion, the start of that tour was overshadowed by their cryptic messaging of t-shirts and stage banter and upside down flower crosses. I’m glad I was given two years notice that Brand New were hanging it up, because it’s going to take me at least that long to prepare my tear ducts for that final tour. Because they’ve been on our minds this week, I decided I should probably devote one of our ultimate setlist playlists to the band.

‘Breaking a Monster’ Trailer

The trailer for Breaking a Monster, the documentary about the teenage metal group Unlocking the Truth, has been released.

Breaking a Monster chronicles the break-out year of the band Unlocking the Truth, following 13-year-old members Alec Atkins, Malcolm Brickhouse and Jarad Dawkins as they first encounter stardom and the music industry, transcending childhood to become the rock stars they always dreamed of being.

June Declared “African-American Music Appreciation Month”

From the official Presidential proclamation:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2016 as African-American Music Appreciation Month. I call upon public officials, educators, and all the people of the United States to observe this month with appropriate activities and programs that raise awareness and foster appreciation of music that is composed, arranged, or performed by African Americans.

Ten Best Things We Saw At Shaky Knees Festival

A few weekends ago, I was able to attend Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to being held in one of the best cities I have visited on the East Coast thus far, Shaky Knees also had the added benefit of putting on the most killer festival lineup this side of Riot Fest. With fantastic sets across all of the days and stages from the earliest Sunday doldrums (more on that later) to the main stage headlining acts. Below you’ll find my 10 favorite things from the festival along with some photos I took over the weekend.