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St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago

Chicagoans, rejoice! Arguably one of the best days of the year in Chicago is quickly approaching—St. Patrick’s Day! From special cruises down the Chicago River during the river dyeing to delicious specials throughout Chicagoland, here are some of the best ways to celebrate the festive holiday this year. 

Chicagoans and out of towners are invited to cruise the newly dyed river on Saturday, March 12 with a selection of St. Patrick’s Day cruises with City Cruises Chicago! City Cruise’s Seadog cruise will be up close and personal to the river dyeing on the morning of March 12, allowing a unique viewpoint unlike anywhere else in the city, all while also providing unforgettable views of the city’s architecture down the Chicago River. Boarding for the cruise begins at 7:45 AM, so patrons don’t miss out on any of the festivities. For those who would prefer to cruise the lake instead, themed cruises down Lake Michigan will also be available, that include Irish-themed menu items such as a Corned Beef special, along with Irish tunes playing and St. Patrick’s Day décor throughout to keep the party going. To book a cruise today, please click HERE.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Kennedy Rooftop, fittingly named after the First Irish-Catholic President, JFK. Known for spectacular, unobstructed views of the Chicago skyline from the John Hancock to the Willis Tower, the rooftop boasts both a vibrant ambiance and a wide variety of delicious drinks and dishes to enjoy atop the Hyatt Place Wicker Park. For a limited time, the rooftop is also offering private igloo reservations with special food and drink packages and a rooftop curling rink for a little friendly competition and fun. For more information or to make an igloo reservation, please click HERE

Thorn Restaurant Lounge, located inside The Rose Hotel in Rosemont, is offering a classic Rueben special on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17 for those traveling in and out of town, with house braised corn beef, sauerkraut, aged swiss, Thousand Island dressing, rye bread, and a side of fries; plus, their draft beers will all be available to turn green, along with Guinness beers on special for $5 and $8 Irish Car Bombs. 

Ocean Prime, located on the iconic corner of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive on the second level of the LondonHouse at 87 E. Wacker Dr., invites guests to watch the Chicago River dyeing in style on Saturday, March 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Open for lunch for one day only with a special Green River Day menu, guests can indulge in a variety of appetizers, soups, salads, seafood and steak entrees, signature cocktails, and a Wine Spectator honored wine list. For the best views of this year’s festivities, guests are encouraged to make a reservation on OpenTable.

North Shore Chicagoans are in luck! Oaken Bistro + Bar will be offering specials perfect for celebrating on Thursday, March 17. Enjoy delicious Stout-Braised Beef Tenderloin Tips with Colcannon Potatoes, Candied Bacon Green Beans, and a variety of drinks on special including Irish Mint Juleps with Proper Twelve Irish Whiskey, margaritas, and Green Draft Beer. For more information and to make a reservation, please click HERE

St. Patrick’s Day calls for all things festive, and Paper Source offers a wide variety of products to take the celebration to new heights this year. Offering everything from a wide selection of themed greeting cards for those you’ll be missing to supplies to get the party going including themed photo props, cocktail napkins and more, Paper Source is a one-stop shop to make the holiday one to remember.

Luft Balloons is SHAMROCKING Chicago this St. Patrick’s Day with a variety of seasonal balloon offerings. For a limited time only, the premier balloon store is offering festive items including rainbow balloons, colorful balloon bouquets, and more. To place an order, Chicagoans can call the storefront directly or visit the Luft Balloons website to schedule a pickup or delivery.  

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CIAN DUCROT NEWEST RELEASE

RELEASES HIS DEBUT EP, MAKE BELIEVE

OUT NOW ON DARKROOM/INTERSCOPE RECORDS

CHOSEN AS ONE OF AMAZON MUSIC’S ‘ARTIST TO WATCH’ IN 2022!

RELEASES LIVE VISUALIZER FOR SINGLE “HAPPIER WITHOUT ME”

Praise for Cian Ducrot

“…rooted in a refreshing sense of honesty.” — CLASH

“Infectious and exactly what you need to listen to if you’re caught up in your ~ feels ~” — Ones To Watch

“A phenomenal songwriter” — Jack Saunders (BBC Radio 1) 

Irish songwriter, producer and artist Cian Ducrot has released his debut EP titled Make Believe. Composed of eight emotively poignant tunes that spotlights Cian’s mastery in songwriting and melody making, Make Believe EP stands to be the young artist’s strongest foot forward in his debut year. This was also taken notice by Amazon Music who have included Cian in their ‘Artist to Watch in 2022’ programming. Each song delves into the deeply emotional renderings of Cian’s own past and present, allowing for anthemic ballads like “Make Believe” and “Not Usually Like This” while tracks like “Crocodiles” and “Hello Gorgeous” wrench the heart harder in its reflection.

Speaking about the EP, Cian says:

“Making this EP was a very strange but amazing process for me as half of the songs were written before I even knew I was making an EP. It’s been years in the making and pulls from so many moments in my life. I have loved discovering new directions and new music and also rediscovering old songs and bringing them to life and, most of all, discovering myself and what matters to me. Most of the EP was made throughout lockdown and the pandemic so it was a lot of days and nights alone and of course on the other side of the planet away from my team at Darkroom & Interscope.” — Cian Ducrot

In celebration of the EP’s release, Cian has also released a beautiful live visualizer for the EP single “Happier Without Me” — a track he teased on his many live shows across the U.K. and adored by many fans upon its performance. 

Make Believe Tracklist — EP by Cian Ducrot

  1. Crocodiles
  2. Chewing Gum
  3. Not Usually Like This
  4. Make Believe
  5. Know Me Again
  6. Happier Without Me
  7. Hello Gorgeous
  8. Blue

With live shows on the horizon, more than 28 million artist streams to date, his first EP released via Darkroom/Interscope Records, and a place on Amazon Music’s ‘Artists To Watch 2022’ list, Cian Ducrot continues to grow as an artist ahead of a much anticipated breakout year in 2022

About Cian Ducrot

Raised in Cork and based in London but just as likely to be found recording in LA, Cian Ducrot takes a nomadic approach to pop music. Home for this 24-year-old singer, songwriter, producer and classically-trained multi-instrumentalist is wherever he happens to find his laptop and guitar — but no matter where he is. Growing up in a broken home, Cian sought relief in music, listening to his Mum playing everything from Bach to Chopin — often finding that music was a way to escape the trials of abuse, a turbulent family dynamic and more. It’s no surprise that he went on to focus on music in school, joining musicals, drama clubs, mastered different instruments and performing from a young age. Cian will eventually win a full scholarship to study classical flute at the Royal Academy of Music — one of the most prestigious performing arts schools in the world. Around the same time, Cian knew that to create original music he would have to teach himself how to produce. And so he did.

A couple of years into his schooling, Cian took a short trip to Los Angeles, CA — a trip that inspired him to pursue his dream of becoming a pop artist instead of a classical flautist. He decided to take a risk leaving his schooling (and the full ride scholarship that came with it) and moved back to Ireland to plan for his new dream. Cian was steadfast in his new writing journey, with money being tight he would often couch surf between London and L.A. The product of these experiences was his debut release; started in college (2020) — a mixtape that chronicles his unconventional road into the music industry. The risk ended up paying off when he was discovered by Darkroom/Interscope Records last Summer; promptly signed him to the label. Capitalizing on his natural talent and years of dedication, the Irish songwriter/producer and artist is at work on a new project and aims to showcase his diverse talents exploring revealing issues of love, loss, masculinity and frustration. Cian wishes to create music that listeners can relate to and find solace in – not unlike how a young Cian once did.

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Joy Crookes × New York Times

Joy Crookes — who is already garnering Amy Winehouse and Lauryn Hill comparisons from her own songs—began her musical journey years before her magpie-like introduction to brass. The daughter of a Bengali mother and an Irish father, she grew up listening to an eclectic mix of genres. Every week, while driving her to Irish dancing lessons, they would listen to a different album. Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ one week ‘Soon Forward’ by Gregory Isaac the next. As a curious, passionate, and music-obsessed 12-year-old, Joy decided to start writing her own song and honing her modern soul sound. Her first song “Seaside” was penned after falling head over heels for a boy by the beach. Seven years later, her songs might have grown more sophisticated, but the approach remains the same: whether she’s dealing with heartbreak or trying to come to terms with the latest Trump headline, Joy is committed to translating her most honest and vulnerable feelings to music. While her candid song-writing and fearless attitude have won her dedicated grassroots following, it was a baby-faced Joy singing a cover of Hit the Road Jack, which caught the attention of 600,000 viewers, and her first management company. Now she has a feature in the New York Times.

READ FEATURE HERE

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WATCH JOY DISCUSS HER “FIRSTS” FOR BRITISH VOGUE
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“Listening to Crookes’s soulful, intimate music can feel like intruding on a private conversation or cracking open a diary” – The New York Times”

“In her music, Crookes offers listeners a nuanced and candid exploration of her multiracial identity. At a time when many conversations about race in the arts and calls for change have only recently begun, Crookes’s commitment to vulnerability in her storytelling has helped her connect with a growing — and loyal — fan base.” – The New York Times

2021 UK IN-STORE PERFORMANCES

10/16 – Resident – Brighton

10/17 – Banquet – Kingston

10/8 – Rough Trade East – London

10/20 – HMV Manchester

10/21 – HMV Westfield White City

10/23 – Rough Trade – Bristol

10/24 – Rough Trade –Nottingham

2021 UK TOUR DATES

10/24 – Dublin

10/26 – Glasgow

10/28 – Sheffield

10/29 – Leeds

10/31 – Newcastle

11/2 – Manchester

11/3 – Birmingham

11/4 – Norwich

11/6 – Southampton

11/7 – Bristol

11/8 – London (Kentish Town Forum)

11/9 – London (Kentish Town Forum)

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Foy Vance × Hair Of The Dog

Award-winning Northern Irish singer/songwriter Foy Vance has released “Hair Of The Dog”, the latest track off his forthcoming album Signs Of Life. The song is available to stream and download starting today HERE. Signs Of Life is due for release on September 10 via Ed Sheeran’s Gingerbread Man Records/Elektra Records. The album is available for pre-order now HERE.
Signs Of Life is the sound of a beloved singer-songwriter at the peak of his powers. It’s also the sound of a man, a husband, a father, a sinner, a drinker belatedly coming to terms with his demons. Namely, after years and years of almost constant touring, an addiction to alcohol and painkillers. In the bluesy, woozy “Hair Of The Dog” Vance tackles the subject head on, listing his self-medicating crutches while confessing :You no longer make me happy / You no longer make me smile / You take everything that’s good within me.”
“I had my first extended period off the road for twenty years, and I realised: wow, I drink two bottles of wine and at least a half bottle of vodka a day,” Vance explains. “I’d start the day with codeine to get myself sorted, and I’d smoke joints throughout the day. I’m showing all the signs of death, getting ashen, grey, smoking more, drinking more, smoking more I hit a wall.”
“The idea for Hair Of The Dog had been around for a while,” he continues. “I was smiling as I wrote it. I thought it was a bit too on-the-nose, but then, the situation is on-the-nose. And the feel is a tip of the hat to the woozy-ness of the beginning of this journey. I want it to make you almost feel a bit seasick.”
“Hair Of The Dog” follows previously released tracks “If Christopher Calls,” “Time Stand Still,” “Signs Of Life” and “Sapling”. Upon its release, The New York Times featured “Sapling” in The Playlist and Clash Music applauded the song as “An instant fan favorite a song about renewal and survival” The album’s early tracks have received additional praise from Entertainment Tonight, Americana UK, and more.
Vance will celebrate Signs Of Life’s arrival with An Evening With Foy Vance, an intimate tour of the UK and US, including stops in Los Angeles, New York, and Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium. Remaining tickets for the largely sold-out run of shows are available now HERE.
Signs Of Life was recorded in three locations: Vance’s Pilgrim studio at home on the shores of Loch Tay in Highland Perthshire, another recording set-up in a nearby Dunvarlich House, and at Plan B’s Kings X studio in London. The album was written and played more or less entirely by Vance, with assistance from young Northern Irish producer Gareth Dunlop. Serendipitously, Dunlop had been inspired on his career path by a chance encounter with Vance in a coffee shop 18 years ago.
Commenting on the album’s timely subject matter, Vance shared, “Signs of Life is about re-emergence me in my own soft revolution, the world re-emerging in what we’re about to see as we hopefully go back to some semblance of normality. But just life in general  flowers growing through the cracks in Chernobyl. Life finds a way, doesn’t it?”
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Foy Vance × Signs Of Life

Award-winning Northern Irish singer/songwriter Foy Vance has released “If Christopher Calls”, the fourth track off his forthcoming album Signs Of Life. The song is available to stream and download starting today HERE. Signs Of Life is due for release on September 10, and is available for pre-order now HERE. The album marks Vance’s second LP on Ed Sheeran’s Gingerbread Man Records/Elektra Records and follows 2016’s critically acclaimed The Wild Swan.
Vance will celebrate Signs Of Life’s arrival with An Evening With Foy Vance, an intimate tour of the UK and US, including stops in Los Angeles, New York, and Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium. Remaining tickets for the largely sold-out run of shows are available now HERE.
Written for his wife about her late father, “If Christopher Calls” is at once beautiful yet quietly devastating. Over a gorgeous, swelling melody Vance delivers a restrained yet palpably emotional vocal. “Christopher was Marie, my wife’s father, who passed away suddenly a few years back,” Vance explains. “When it happened, Marie was in London and I was in Scotland. Her mum had phoned her to say Christopher had dropped in the kitchen but they weren’t sure if he was dead. Marie wasn’t there, she was a few miles away and just talking to her mum on the phone, trying to tell her what to do.”
“Marie then called me and when she explained the situation it was clear to me that he was already dead. But she was still holding out hope that he would be alive when she got there, and I let her think that, rather than tell her what I was certain to be true. And it was. He died immediately. Her hope of hearing his voice again was heartbreaking,” Vance recalls. “She then came to Nashville with me while I was recording an album, and every day we would wake in the morning then go and sit out the back with a coffee, and that is where I would leave her – and that is where I would find her when I got home.”
“If Christopher Calls” follows Signs of Life’s previously released tracks “Time Stand Still”, “Signs Of Life”, and “Sapling”. Upon its release, The New York Times featured “Sapling” in The Playlist and Clash Music applauded the song as “An instant fan favorite a song about renewal and survival.” The album’s early tracks have received additional praise from Entertainment Tonight, Americana UK, and more.
Signs Of Life was recorded in three locations: Vance’s Pilgrim studio at home on the shores of Loch Tay in Highland Perthshire, another recording set-up in a nearby Dunvarlich House, and at Plan B’s Kings X studio in London. The album was written and played more or less entirely by Vance, with assistance from young Northern Irish producer Gareth Dunlop. Serendipitously, Dunlop had been inspired on his career path by a chance encounter with Vance in a coffee shop 18 years ago.
Created out of the grimness of 2020, Signs of Life is an album of dawn after darkness, hope after despair, engagement after isolation, uplift after lockdown. The album’s bold artwork reflects Vance’s desire to embrace all sides of everything, all humanity’s textures. Shot on a 160-year-old camera, the back image is of Vance as a bare-chested, bare-knuckle boxer. On the front, he’s in a dress, blonde wig and theatrical make-up. “They’re just mad, striking images, and I loved the fact that it was male and female. You know, life’s extreme, life’s volatile, life explodes into reality sometimes, and stops just as quick. So to be struck by images on the cover made sense.”
Commenting on the album’s timely subject matter, Vance shared, “Signs of Life is about re-emergence me in my own soft revolution, the world re-emerging in what we’re about to see as we hopefully go back to some semblance of normality. But just life in general flowers growing through the cracks in Chernobyl. Life finds a way, doesn’t it?”
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THE ACADEMIC – “KIDS (DON’T END UP LIKE ME)”

The Academic return today with the track “Kids (Don’t End Up Like Me)” and an accompanying video. In tandem with today’s release comes the announcement of the band’s new EP Community Spirit, which is slated to be released July 9 via Capitol Records. Listen to the single here. Watch the video here.

“Kids (Don’t End Up Like Me)” is the first taste of the upcoming EP, hinting at the new sonic direction the band is moving in. Streaming now, the song is a thumping return for a band absolutely straining at the leash to take their sky-scraping indie-pop anthems out on the road and into the ears of their ever-expanding fanbase.

Community Spirit was written, recorded and produced by the band throughout lockdown. The past 14 months put their touring plans on ice just as serious momentum started gaining outside of Ireland, but The Academic have dusted themselves down and are ready to go again.

Vocalist Craig Fitzgerald said, ““Kids (Don’t End Up Like Me)” is one of the first songs I remember writing back when I was a teenager. It was the first time that lyrics had come very easy to me. It’s written about the fear of not getting out of your hometown and amounting to anything. Thanks to the lockdown, I had plenty of time on my hands, but nothing to write about, so I started looking through all my old notebooks and found this song fully written. I had a gut feeling that it might come to life now with a few more years of living behind me since it was originally written.”

While Kaiser Chief’s Nick Hodgson produced last year’s Anything Could Happen EP, Craig himself swung behind the metaphorical glass to take control of production on the Community Spirit EP. “I’d spend a lot of time during lockdown working on my production chops, trying to get the most out of the little equipment I had. The band put their faith in me to take a stab at producing this. Whilst it’s definitely super DIY, it’s been a cool experience and helped us realize we can make music on our own,” he said.

It’s perhaps too early to suggest that a new band has a signature sound, but The Academic seem incapable of writing anything less than golden, infectious, guitar-fueled indie-pop. It’s bold, heart-thumping, cinematic disco music for indie kids, that instantly recalls some of the better guitar bands that lit up the early 2000s, but brings it sharply into focus with the energy of four young Irish lads bursting at the seams to introduce themselves properly to audiences across the globe. They’re already deemed hometown heroes, but as the new song suggests, while Mullinger and Ireland might have opened their arms to The Academic first, there are towns, cities, states and countries still eagerly awaiting that first embrace.

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Inhaler Announces 2022 Tour

INHALER ANNOUNCE MARCH 2022 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR, TICKETS ON SALE MAY 21, Dublin Quartet To Release Debut Album It Won’t Always Be Like This July 9th

Inhaler announce their North American tour kicking off March 4, 2022 in Atlanta at Terminal West and wrapping up March 31, 2022 in Los Angeles at The Belasco Theatre (see below for complete itinerary).   Tickets are available to the general public on May 21 at 10am local time. Tickets can be purchased here.  The Dublin quartet’s first full-length, It Won’t Always Be Like This, will be released on July 9th on Interscope Records and is available to pre-order here. It’s a record that sees Elijah Hewson (vocals and guitar), Josh Jenkinson (guitar), Robert Keating (bass) and Ryan McMahon (drums) turn their early promise into something special, an album teeming with expansive indie-rock grooves and soaring anthems. We really had the opportunity to explore our sound, says Hewson.

We’re extremely happy to announce our next American venture, says Inhaler. Hard to believe we’ve gone this long without each other.  Can’t wait to play you new music.

The album includes the single Cheer Up Baby, a swooping, epic singalong alongside early fan favorites My Honest Face and title track It Won’t Always Be Like This. Inhaler made their U.S. television debut on The Late Late Show with James Corden in March where they performed  Cheer Up Baby.  Inhaler has amassed a diehard fan base despite only releasing a handful of singles which have been streamed over 52 million times.   

Inhaler will play a full tour of the UK and Ireland later this year before heading to the states for their March 2022 North American headline tour.  The dates in September, October and December include brand new UK tour dates alongside the band’s rescheduled tour of Ireland. Click here for a complete list of UK and Ireland tour dates. 

See below for a complete list of Inhaler’s 2022 North American tour dates

March 4 – Atlanta, Terminal West

March 5 – Nashville, The Basement East

March 7 – Washington DC, 9:30 Club

March 8 – Philadelphia, Theatre Of Living Arts

March 10 – New York, Irving Plaza

March 11 – Brooklyn, Warsaw

March 12 – Boston, Royale

March 14 – Toronto, Phoenix Concert Theatre

March 15 – Detroit, St Andrews Hall

March 17 – Chicago, House Of Blues

March 18 – Milwaukee, Rave II

March 19 – Minneapolis, First Avenue

March 21 – Denver, Summit Music Hall

March 22 – Salt Lake City, The Depot

March 24 – Vancouver, The Commodore Ballroom

March 25 – Seattle, The Showbox

March 26 – Portland, Wonder Ballroom

March 28 – San Francisco, The Fillmore

March 29 – San Diego, The Observatory North Park

March 31 – Los Angeles, The Belasco  

Inhaler formed while still at school in Dublin, bonding over a love of Joy Division, The Stone Roses, Kings Of Leon, The Strokes, Interpol, The Cure and more. A string of captivating singles and their fevered live show have earned them a diehard fanbase. The band were originally meant to begin recording It Won’t Always Be Like This in March 2020 but their plans were derailed by lockdown. Instead of moping, they used the period as a time to rethink and reimagine what their debut album could be.

Follow Inhaler via their Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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KILT VS TROUSERS – A LONG BATTLE

Are you confused about what you should wear at the next Scottish event you attend? Well, you are at the right place. Here, you will find everything that you need to know before the event regarding kilts for men and trousers. Many Scottish men point out that real men should put on kilts, but younger generations may be more flexible in their wardrobe choices. For example, Jaden Smith is known to rock a kilt on occasion. Of course, the choice differs from person to person–not all of us like the same food, do we? No! Similarly, some may like the kilt and others prefer trousers. Let’s discuss the pros and cons of each, so that you can decide which is most appropriate to wear for your upcoming event.

Men’s Kilts

A kilt is among the earliest and most popular types of Scottish apparel. Men, and even kings, have worn kilts since hundreds of years ago; and they are still a popular part of Scottish culture today. Many men and women–even those who are not located in Scotland–wear kilts as they are a comfortable and versatile part of their wardrobe. So, let’s see exactly why they love wearing kilts so much.

Trousers/Pants

Everyone prefers wearing pants–until the first time they try wearing a kilt for a day. Pants are everywhere in modern fashion, because according to the modern generation, kilts are considered very girlish. We have simply accepted trousers, but the following discussion is going to make pant-wearers reconsider their thoughts.

Comparing Kilts & Trousers

1- Comfort

No matter if you’re wearing a traditional Scottish kilt or a modern utility kilt, it will make you feel pleasantly surprised by its comfortability. In comparison, trousers make you feel bunched up  and limit your movements. Compared to the limited movements trousers allow, your legs get complete freedom to move in kilts.

2- Keeps You Cool in Summer

Kilts keep you cool when the weather is hot, but you may not realize this until you compare wearing both kilts and trousers in the hot climate. You’ll feel your legs drenched in sweat in trousers, whereas kilts keep you unbelievably cool, if you choose the fabric accordingly. When it comes to choosing the most breathable and summer-friendly kilt fabric, you should avoid heavy wool that’s used for traditional Scottish or Irish kilts. Instead, try a sport utility kilt made from a lightweight cotton blend for the most breathable feel.

3. Time Limitation

You can’t wear the same pair of trousers you run errands in to go to a formal event, can you? No! Unlike trousers, there’s no such limitation with the kilts. You can wear kilts anywhere and anytime, as long as you pair it with the appropriate accessories and shoes.

4. In Terms of Health

According to the Scottish Medical Journal, men who wear kilts regularly show better sperm quality and fertility when they plan to have a child. Although there’s not a lot of research-based scientific evidence on the topic, it can be something to be considered.

5. Makes You Feel Good About Yourself

Surprisingly, men’s kilts can have positive effects on men’s mental health, making them feel an improved sense of masculinity and pride. According to the Scottish Medical Journal, psychological benefits like these can help men feel more confident. Kilts give men the confidence they need to achieve their personal, as well as relationship, goals. Kilts may help men grow as a person. If you’re suffering from a lack of confidence, I’d suggest you try wearing a kilt–you may be surprised by the positive changes.

Benefits of the Kilt

●      Adjustable fit: kilts allow you to adjust their size according to natural body changes and/or preferred comfortability.

●      No bunching & bending: No more bunching and bending in clothing material will allow you to feel relaxed and free.

●      Keeps you cool in summer and warm in winter: Kilts can keep you cool in summer and maintain your body heat in winter, depending on the fabric. Especially in the summers, kilts can help make a hot summer’s day even more fun. Kilts are a perfect choice for any weather.

●      Health: The design of kilts provide the most breathable option for an outfit. The ventilation helps keep your private parts’ temperature regulated, which can lead to higher sperm counts and higher fertility. A kilt also looks attractive­­, which will keep your partners’ attention on you and, in turn, helps maintaining your relationship goals.

Benefits of Wearing Trousers

●      Trousers are appropriate in all situations. We cannot deny the fact that kilts can be inappropriate to wear in some specific places (usually due to religious or cultural differences,) so trousers come to the rescue.

●      Freedom of movement: Just in case you have to stand on your head, there is no risk of indecent exposure with your trousers, unlike kilts.

●      Keep your calves warm: Long pants cover your calves. We can’t deny the fact that trousers beat out kilts when it comes to keeping your calves warm.

●      Health: An advantage of trouser is that long pants can keep your legs safe from harmful UV rays.

Conclusion

No one can tell whether kilts or trousers are better, as it differs from person to person. In my opinion, it shouldn’t matter which you choose, but you should consider trying on both garments. If you haven’t at least tried a kilt before, you should give it a shot. Once you do, it is likely that you may never want to turn back. In the end, whichever makes you feel more comfortable, confident, and happy is what you should wear. 

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ROOTS OF FIGHT


Roots Of Fight and global superstar Conor McGregor announced the launch of a new clothing collection honoring the fighter’s roots. The capsule collection makes it’s debut ahead of McGregor’s highly anticipated match up against Dustin Poirier on January 23rd.

Considered one of the most fashionable men in sports and entertainment, McGregor joins the lifestyle and apparel brand that pays tribute to heroes and legends of the fight world such as Bruce Lee, Muhammed Ali, Duran, Sugar Ray Robinson, Rocky Marciano, Joe Frazier, and more. Much like the moments in McGregor’s career that have launched him to where he is today, Roots of Fight highlights the moments of these icons and all they stand for. They celebrate the unending fight at the root of every human triumph.

With this collection, Roots of Fight pays respect to the undeniable force of nature that is Conor McGregor. The collection features a variety of styles including tees, a thermal, hoody and sweatpants. Retailing for $48 – $85, the full collection will be available exclusively on rootsoffight.com starting today through January 23rd. All proceeds from the sales of the collection will go towards the Children’s Health Foundation Crumlin in Ireland.

ABOUT CONOR MCGREGOR

Conor Anthony McGregor is a professional boxer and mixed martial artist who has gained fame from his success in fighting. He is a former champion for the Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight and lightweight competitions. As of December 24, 2020, McGregor was ranked fourth in the UFC lightweight rankings. He is also the biggest pay-per-view draw in MMA history and is known for his fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. McGregor also founded Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey.

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Graffiti and art article illustrated by Gabrielle Archuleta for 360 magazine

Graffiti Art: Hobby, Art, or Political Statement

It is perhaps deliberately that this has been framed as a loaded question, is graffiti art considered to be art? But this takes us directly to the heart of the matter, what constitutes something being art is very truly on the eye of the beholder. But some serious debates are surrounding this topic.

Terminology

The term graffiti itself is problematic. Consider this article about prominent Chicago artist Dont Fret, he is referred to as a street artist. This distinction offers a more constructive spin on the entire artform, as street art is a more creative and acceptable term. You can see how celebrated the artist is from the article as he is lauded by a city official.

Criminality

Should we be considering graffiti, or street art, a crime? Well, technically it is, but only in some circumstances. The crux of the matter comes down to permission. If you paint, draw, or write anything on a surface without permission of the property owner, then by the letter of the law, it would be considered illegal vandalism. Would this result in prosecution in reality? This mainly depends on the owners’ attitude since much of the art is done either with permission or in abandoned spaces, the level of prosecution these days seems to be low in most areas. What of art on publicly owned buildings? This is a subject of hot debate as it brings politics into it (more on that later).

Should we Encourage it?

Is it an art form that should be encouraged? You could encourage young people to use it to express themselves. Take an art class, equip them with some Dang Paint and find an area to let them give it a go. Many art schools and colleges have whole courses on graffiti art as a legitimate medium. Reputation still holds it back for some more conservative folks, but it is steadily gaining momentum as a serious and respected medium.

Part of the City

In many places, grafitti art has become a defining feature of the city and its culture. High-quality street art can be stunningly beautiful and show much of the culture and history of a place when done well. Take the series of stunning murals in Glasgow, Scotland that is now a famous feature that residents and visitors to the city rightly marvel at. 

Politics

Politics often, but not always, plays a big part in street art or graffiti art. Take the world-famous Banksy, no-one even knows who he or she is, but many of the pieces are political, showing a real flavor of social commentary. These pieces have sparked more social debate in the last couple of decades than any traditional artform as they reach ordinary people who would never have considered visiting an art gallery. Other more overtly political examples can be seen in communities with a much more overt political struggle, the murals on display in Northern Irish communities, on both sides, are excellent examples.