Erica Banas: Writing Samples

Specializing in rock/classic rock news coverage and commentary with the occasional flair for TV/film.

Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert: 5 Best Performances

Freddie Mercury left this Earth on November 24, 1991. While he left a void in the rock landscape that is still felt today, his inspiration has transcended his era, and he continues to influence new generations of music fans. He also transcended musical genres: about five months after his death, Queen, along with an all-star lineup, put on The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness. The concert was held at Wembley Stadium before a massive crowd of 72,000. Proceeds from the show went

Bob’s Burgers: All Thanksgiving Holiday Episodes Ranked

Bob’s Burgers has become a beloved part of Fox’s Animation Domination lineup on Sunday nights. Now in its 12th season, one of its seasonal highlights every year is seeing how the Belcher family takes on the holiday season, including some hilarious Thanksgiving shenanigans that are always a hit with fans. There have been eight different Thanksgiving-themed episodes in Bob’s Burgers history. In honor of the pending Thanksgiving holiday, we look back on those episodes and ranked them. Order up!

80 Essential Hits of the '80s

The ’80s were a transformative time for music from the launch of MTV to seeing the rise of pop and rock icons like Madonna, Michael Jackson, U2, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard and many more. With The Final Countdown: 80 Essential Hits of the ’80s, we explore some of the biggest songs from the aforementioned artists and take a look at the decade’s biggest one-hit wonders, greatest duets and collaborations and see just how much film and film soundtracks had an impact on the culture. (Spoiler: It’s a lot!)

5 Infamous Film Scenes Actors Will Never Live Down

Jon Favreau, who celebrates his birthday today (October 19), has made a name for himself as of late as a major producer/director, but let’s never forget the film that started it all: 1996’s Swingers. The film is a perfect time capsule of the decade. (We’re looking at you swing revival!) But the hands-down most 90’s moment in the film is Favreau’s answering machine scene, which is as cringe-inducing as it is poetic and a scene Favreau will never live down. Naturally, a scene like this makes us

Pumpkin Spice Food: 6 Abominations That Actual Existed

Pumpkin Spice is one of those things that bring a lot of joy and a lot of disgust. Truthfully, it’s easy to see both sides of this popular Fall flavor. At one point, it seemed to be confined to just the Pumpkin Spice Latte found at your local Starbucks, but like a Mogwai getting wet, things started to take a turn. Seemingly every Fall, you can’t turn your head without being greeted by a new Pumpkin Spice product, and not all of them are winners. Some of them were just…well…some of them were th
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