Lori Henriques: One Year Later


A little over a year ago, I told you about the jazz-based children’s album from Portland singer-songwriter-pianist Lori Henriques, ‘How Great Can This Day Be’; it was recently announced that the album has been nominated for a Grammy award for Best Children’s Album of the year. I gave her a call to see what else has happened in the past year. Continue reading

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: #5 Geek Culture


Geek Culture is a many faceted thing with the term meaning different things to most geeks. This category highlights some of the things we feel define us as geeks. Music, movies, books, and games are all a part of the culture and here we try to celebrate that diversity. No matter the type of geek you are shopping for, there should be some great suggestions here. When shopping I always look for things that they would never buy themselves and this category if flush with them.
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Creative Soundblaster Roar 2: The Swiss Army Knife of Bluetooth Speakers

Soundblaster Roar 2

I’ve reviewed quite a collection of Bluetooth speakers in recent months, but the Creative Soundblaster Roar 2 has managed to leave a lasting impression. It not only holds its own against other speakers in its class when it comes to audio quality, it’s packed with additional features and capabilities. Continue reading

Radio Free Hipster Ep. 16: Flesh and Blood and Brain and Bone

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Halloween is nigh, so here’s another collection of seasonal songs for your listening pleasure. Prepare for 40 minutes of swears and scares in this, the second installment of my annual Radio Free Hipster Halloween Crap-tacular. Continue reading

Casio’s CGP-700: A Powerful Alternative to an Expensive Piano


Recently, I was given the opportunity to test out Casio’s new CGP-700, a full (88-key) electric piano. With a musician in the family (my wife) and a budding musician in the making (my daughter), we definitely put it through the wringer. Continue reading

GeekDad Review: Tree Labs’ Minimalist Astro Speaker Delivers

Astro by Tree Labs

I was recently sent a review unit of an interesting new Bluetooth speaker set to launch on Kickstarter. The Astro speaker from Tree Labs takes a minimalist approach, both visually and in terms of digital tweaking of sound. It’s a different approach than most speakers offer and it’s kind of refreshing… Continue reading

‘DC Super Hero Girls’ Is Officially Live


The much anticipated ‘DC Super Hero Girls’ is finally live with the first three episodes of the cartoon, more details about both the action dolls and action figures, a new web based video game (who says girls aren’t gamers?), and interactive bios of the seven main heroes. Continue reading

Nestled Among the Monuments, Landmark Makes a Mark


The Landmark Music Festival recently set up camp in Washington DC’s West Potomac Park (that’s between the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials for you out-of-towners) for the first time. Officially, the event drew approximately 50,000 people and raised about $570,000 for its cause. Continue reading