Last Call: What I read on my Mexican vacation

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Last CallLast CallLast Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.

Sunflower Bean

I don’t see brand new live music very much, but last year a friend dragged me out to see the New York trio Sunflower Bean, and I hadn’t been rocked like that in awhile. Now a new single is out for the band’s sophomore release, and I’m very much addicted to it. Unlike the triangular fierceness on Sunflower Bean’s first album, “Crisis Fest” finds the power in the pop, even as the band’s three young twentysomethings rant against an older generation that is hopefully on its way out: “If you hold us back you know that we can shout / We brought you into this place, you know we’ll take you out.” A worthy, deceptively sunny anthem for a long-overdue new age of rebellion. [Gwen Ihnat]

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Because I Wanted To Write You A Pop Song

While on vacation this past week, I quickly devoured Kara Vernor’s Because I Wanted To Write You A Pop Song, a collection of memorable short short stories. Some are only a page long, a handy length when you’re bopping between buses and lunches and airports and hotels. Reading her stories is like riding a roller coaster (which figures prominently in one of them): You’re heading head-first downward before you know it, then there’s a fast adrenaline rush, and then you want to do it all over again. [Kate Bernot]

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About the author

Gwen Ihnat

Gwen Ihnat is the Editorial Coordinator for The A.V. Club.

Kevin Pang

Kevin Pang was the founder and editor-in-chief of The Takeout, and director of the documentary For Grace on Netflix.

Kate Bernot

Kate Bernot is managing editor at The Takeout and a certified beer judge.