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Bryan Rodgers
Bryan Rodgers
A veteran of over 1000 concerts and festivals, Bryan Rodgers has been writing about music since 1992 and recently began writing about beer and food. He graduated from East Carolina University in 1999. Editor and content manager at Best Thinking, he also works in social media and music merchandise.


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Mar. 28, 2013 12:06 pm
I'm smitten with the beers of Mikkeller , a so-called "gypsy" brewer based in Denmark. Though my enjoyment rate is somewhere around 75% when it comes to the actual flavor of the beers, it's hard not to flip completely for a brewer doing so many wild and different things with so many ingredients. Naturally, not all of the beers, which are brewed at various sites (hence the unofficial "gypsy"...  Read More
Feb. 26, 2013 12:56 pm
To all Thinkers: Best Thinking and Thinker Media have plenty of presence in social media, and we want to connect with you! See below for links to all of our social entities. These are great resources to help you (and us) promote your content. Best Thinking Facebook Page , Twitter Feed , and Pinterest Thinker Media Facebook Page , Twitter Feed , Goodreads , and Pinterest  Read More
Jan. 8, 2013 3:19 pm
After dealing with a contentious, mentally draining election and plenty of tragedy in 2012, including the inexplicable and ever-looming events in Connecticut a day prior, the capacity crowd at Warren Haynes' 24th Christmas Jam seemed to need the marathon Saturday night of music more than ever. Appropriately, there was a surplus of emotion, spiritual energy, and camaraderie in the venerable old...  Read More
Dec. 18, 2012 2:47 pm
If I replace a top “ten” albums or concerts of the year list with a number corresponding to the year, by 2030 I won’t even have to decide anymore. It’s dangerous and a bit cheesy, just like most popular music. But I will give in to the urge to not have to chop two more albums off this list and roll with my top 12 albums of 2012, in alphabetical order. Ben Folds Five – The Sound of the Life of...  Read More
Dec. 13, 2012 11:31 am
Now that gobs of money have been raised to help still-struggling areas of NYC and Jersey move forward in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, it's time to consider the musical impact of the marathon 12/12/12 Hurricane Sandy Relief Concert at New York's Madison Square Garden. Though the lineup was considerably geriatric, I'd hope that people would take into account the dearth of worthy modern music before...  Read More
Dec. 11, 2012 2:53 pm
The Infamous Stringdusters traffic in a particularly gripping style of bluegrass, and listening to their new album, Silver Sky, is like sitting on the edge of your seat at the end of a great suspense flick. The band's instrumental work, already intensely dramatic, is magnified here by the production style of Billy Hume (Nas, Ludacris, Lil Jon, Nelly). The vocals are mixed clearly and intimately,...  Read More
Dec. 4, 2012 2:11 pm
Raleigh's Lincoln Theater felt just a little like Manchester, Tennessee when the Bonnaroo 365 tour stopped there on the first day of November. It wasn't because of heat or odors, but high-quality music. White Denim, who proved to be one of the real festival's biggest hits this past summer, anchored the show along with fast-rising Chicago quartet Maps and Atlases and brand-new Brooklyn duo Tiny...  Read More
Nov. 20, 2012 12:41 pm
There are many things to love about the way The Hold Steady does business in the live setting. Among them: The no-nonsense equipment setup, the case or so of Tecate that waits on stage, and the band's apparent inability to offer anything less than maximum effort. They can turn any situation into a dizzying life experience full of the vibrant characters and relatable tribulations that inhabit...  Read More
Nov. 1, 2012 5:53 pm
There are but a few certainties when it comes to the Hopscotch Music Festival: Attendees will experience music they’ve never experienced before, their tastes and perceptions will be challenged by much of this music, and they’ll love every shin-shattering city street step they take while doing it. Part of the beauty of Hopscotch is that one can experience all that a thriving major city has to...  Read More
Oct. 9, 2012 9:59 pm
Patterson Hood excels at crafting lyrics about southern despair and human fallacy. His third solo album, Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance, is a gripping listen, full of the desperate and downtrodden characters he’s so adept at understanding. Much like his work with the Drive-By Truckers, the songs here are full of hard times, hard liquor and hard lessons; the titular weather occurrence is...  Read More
Sep. 17, 2012 10:09 pm
There’s an awful lot of information to be gleaned from merely looking at Jimmy Herring’s latest disc, Subject To Change Without Notice. The album’s title seems to be a wry allusion to the 10 stylistically distinct tracks found within, setting the stage for variety. It was produced by southern studio stalwart John Keane, features Jeff “Apt. Q-258” Sipe on drums, lists Col. Bruce Hampton in the...  Read More
Aug. 24, 2012 3:35 pm
Spotify , the controversial music service that puts a good chunk of recorded musical history at your beck and call, is as beloved by its devotees as it is reviled by artists and naysayers. I use it daily and can’t think of a web-based music service with more depth and potential. The ability to “star” tracks means that users create a de facto playlist of their “starred” tracks. But Spotify’s...  Read More
Aug. 15, 2012 8:58 pm
Every year around the middle of August, beer forums light up with seasonal beer discussion and pumpkin beers are always at the forefront of the conversation. Whether you love or hate pumpkin beers, or debate whether some examples of the style should be called “pumpkin” beers at all, there’s no denying the popularity and appeal of these unique beverages. I decided to gather a bunch of pumpkin...  Read More
Aug. 2, 2012 3:04 pm
If you attended college in the 90’s, there’s a good chance that the bands comprising the Last Summer On Earth Tour could be heard emanating from a dorm room or apartment near you, if not from your own. There’s an album’s worth of hits to be culled from the catalogs of Cracker, Big Head Todd And The Monsters, Blues Traveler, and Barenaked Ladies, and nearly every tune was trotted out at the...  Read More
Jul. 26, 2012 9:39 pm
After a series of steadily evolving but largely similar albums with his own band, Ryan Montbleau found himself evolving. He wrote songs for Trombone Shorty and collaborated on tunes with Eric Krasno, and soon found himself headed to New Orleans to record an album with “musicians for hire” – some of the city’s most revered, at that. Montbleau is backed by nothing short of a dream group on For...  Read More
Jul. 20, 2012 10:32 pm
The label on bottles of B’s Nuts might lead you to believe that there’s something not quite right about Brian Pesci, who won Olde Hickory’s 3rd Annual Pro-Am brewing standoff with this beer. It’s true, for all I know. But there’s nothing wrong with his work, that’s for sure. In homage to his outstanding English Brown Ale brewed with many, many pecans, the brewery decided to make it themselves as...  Read More
Jul. 19, 2012 4:32 pm
View a slideshow of my best photos from Bonnaroo 2012, including Phish, The Beach Boys, Bon Iver, Foster the People, D'Angelo, The Roots, The Avett Brothers, Ben Folds, Umphrey's McGee, Puscifer, Trampled By Turtles, The Word, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Orgone, White Denim, Alabama Shakes , and some atmospheric shots! VIEW SLIDESHOW  Read More
Jun. 24, 2012 3:13 pm
Frank Zappa’s gigantic and strange musical legacy, fraught with continuous lineup changes and eternal disagreement among those involved, is no less complicated in 2012. The notoriously fickle Zappa Estate is, presumably, less than pleased with the continued existence of the GrandMothers of Invention, a group that currently features three prominent Zappa alumni from the original Mothers. (The...  Read More
May 10, 2012 3:58 pm
Cake’s appearance at the Raleigh Amphitheater didn’t include their disaffected traffic serenade “Long Line of Cars,” but it did contain a long line of songs from the band’s 20-year career. In fact, “Long Line of Cars” was about the only song they didn’t play that would be expected by the 3,000 or so people in attendance. Armed with a disdain for cameras of any kind and a relatively modest...  Read More
May 1, 2012 6:13 pm
Goose Island Beer Company’s Sofie is, in my experience, one of the most loved niche beers in the midwest. I’ve seen it flow freely at Chicago weddings, fly off the shelves at Twin Cities stores, and even make a dedicated beer drinker out of a hardcore wine snob. Sofie, like many Goose Island beers, sports a proposition on the label that encourages the owner to allow the beer to develop in the...  Read More to Shut Down Permanently on December 31, 2017

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