Raise the Dead.

Gary L. Wenk, a professor at the Ohio State University and Medical Center, recently published a paper called “Is Chocolate Better Than Exercise For the Brain?”

Notice he didn't say body.

In his paper, he cites a study in which a group of scientists from Columbia University and NYU gave elderly subjects highly concentrated flavanol extracts, which in turn, helped greatly improve their memory. Still, according to Wenk, you'd have to consume about 44 pounds of regular consumer chocolate candy to get the same doses of flavanol as the participants in the study.

Oh well. On to the next debate, then.

How about this one: Is going out tonight better for your brain than staying in? What's say we put that theory to the test?

Big Business at Three Links
In 2006 Seattle sludge metal duo Big Business became the rhythm section of the Melvins, drumming and bassing on that legendary outfit's most recent few albums, and at times opening for, essentially themselves, on those tours. Since then, vocalist Jared Warren (previously of Karp) and Coady Willis (Murder City Devils) have added a guitarist to round out their bombastic, low-end attack. From Beyond and Mothership open.

Blood on the Dance Floor at Trees
Much has been written online about Orlando electro-pop duo Blood on the Dance Floor, but none of it has managed to capture the band's essence quite as succinctly as this Urban Dictionary entry: “A worthless techno band that only talks about sex, yet somehow passes with metal heads, emos, goths, etc.”

Caravan of Thieves at Dan's Silverleaf
Connecticut Gypsy folk outfit fancies itself a bit quirkier than reality might otherwise dictate, putting bon mots like, “If Django Reinhardt, the cast of Stomp and The Beatles all had a party at Tim Burton's house, Caravan of Thieves would be the band they hired,” in its bio. Doing Western Swing covers of songs like The Talking Heads' “Psycho Killer” or “Bohemian Rhapsody” in one's set is fairly entertaining, sure, but it's really not that bizarre, honestly.

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