Drew Ailes

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  • 22 days ago | Lists

    There’s nothing quite like a Minnesota summer. Canoeing across a lake, having a cold beverage in the hot sun, laying on the grass under the shade of a majestic ash tree — we’re convinced that, for a few months, we live in one of the most beautiful...

  • 6 months ago | Advice

    As musicians love to explain to anyone stupid enough to listen to them, organizing and playing shows can be a lot of work for little reward. In addition to wrangling multiple groups of morons in the same room at the same time, setting up shows als...

  • 7 months ago | Advice

    View image | gettyimages.com Drew Ailes is an outspoken degenerate who recently ate a mint chocolate candy bar he found on the ground during a mosh pit. If you don't like his advice, then why the hell did you ask? Dear Drew, I want to be involved ...

  • 7 months ago | Essays

    You've seen those memes: the ones about how musicians spend thousands of dollars on gear, hours rehearsing and loading/unloading, and drive 40 minutes to just play a show for $100. How noble and brave our poor musicians are, selflessly sacrificing...

  • 8 months ago | Essays

    As a teenager, I spent whole paychecks earned from working drive thrus and shipping fax machine parts in three places: Root Cellar Records in St. Paul, Nightfall Records in Minneapolis, and with whatever local idiot in Bloomington was selling pot ...

  • 8 months ago | Essays

    In case you haven't been flooded with hundreds of cheering reposts on your social-media feeds, Scott Stapp is having a hard time. When bad things happen, people laugh. Whether it's out of some sort of genuine happiness for the pain of someone that...

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