Song Diaries: Iris by The Goo Goo Dolls (1998)

My lifelong battle with mental health…

By Antonia Elms

There were many nights when my family spent dinner at my father’s best friend’s house. Guillermo’s home had a beautiful front yard, with two floss silk trees, pointy-barked and full of pink flowers in the fall and winter. The backyard was lush with a green lawn, always trimmed, decorated with intricate, black ceramic tables and chairs.

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Artists to Love: Hüsker Dü

Why this legendary Minneapolis band should be in everyone’s library…

The first time I ever heard of Hüsker Dü was on some VH1 special where they and fellow Minneapolis legends The Replacements were cited as influences by Green Day.

As an angsty 16-year-old, I was naturally fiending for punk music. At that point in time, I had a ways to go before I really got into it, but this felt like the right first step. I loved Green Day and wanted to hear more bands that sounded like them, so I searched up “Don’t Wanna Know If You Are Lonely” online, and my ears weren’t quite the same.

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