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Lisa Kasanicky, What Are You Listening To?

Lisa Kasanicky

Kasanicky is the founder of Arizona Spa Girls and author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Girlfriend Getaways.
When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? Uh, sadly, NPR but I'll switch it to 103.9 FM if the topic puts me in a driving coma.

What's the first album you bought? Synchronicity, by The Police. Or at least, it was the first album I ever bought that I played until the vinyl wore out.

What's the first concert you saw? Journey in Greensboro, N.C. Am I showing my age or what?

What's your favorite concert you've ever been to? Well, since I've already revealed that I was born in the stone age, it would have to be R.E.M. back when they were more of an underground band in the late 1980's. An unknown band at the time, 10,000 Maniacs, opened for them at a show at Duke University. Love at first listen.

What's the last song played on your music player? "Pumped Up Kicks," by Foster the People.

Preferred format: CD, vinyl, cassette, 8-Track or digital? I've got to give props to digital. Less clutter.

What's your favorite album? Favorite album of all-time is the soundtrack to the movie Singles. Pearl Jam and Screaming Trees mixed in with a little Jimi Hendrix. Priceless.

Who is your favorite singer or band? I'll forever love Sting. I just can't help it. And Eddie Vedder, Bob Marley, and Natalie Merchant. They all shaped my music taste.

What one song would you play if you had a world-wide radio audience? Florence + the Machine, "Dog Days Are Over".

Who is your favorite local artist? Bad Lucy. The band was started by a friend of mine, J. Miller. They named the group after a puppy they found behind The Sail Inn in Tempe one night after a gig. Lucy, aka Bad Lucy, is now part of my family. So there's that, but they're also awesome. Check them out here.

What's your favorite local venue? Compound Grill. Great food, solid beer selection, an eclectic line-up of bands, and a laid-back atmosphere.

What is your favorite music video? Well, duh, I'm a child of the '80s. Gotta be "Video Killed the Radio Star," right?!

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