A former Miss Canada finalist has become the first graduate of a Liverpool university's groundbreaking degree program based on analyzing the Beatles' music and their impact on Western culture. Liverpool Hope University officials believe the master's program offers the first advanced degree based on the life and times of the Fab Four.
In the dead of winter, it's nice to be taken on a journey, if only in our minds. A new album called Cape Dory does just that. The retro-pop record was written and recorded by the band Tennis, the husband-and-wife team of Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore, while they journeyed on the Atlantic. After saving up together, the couple bought a 30-foot sailboat and embarked on a yearlong tour of the Eastern Seaboard.
Although the stories of the journey have now materialized as songs, music did not play a significant role during the couple's time spent sailing.
Back in 2002, Iron and Wine made delicate, tender home recordings that brought legions of fans to the band. But in those days, it wasn't much of a band at all: Iron and Wine was a man named Sam Beam, alone with his guitar.
Now, nearly a decade after its debut, the band has undergone a series of transformations. The latest album, Kiss Each Other Clean, showcases a whole new Iron and Wine.