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Rolling Stone: Four stars for Big Star doc soundtrack

Rolling Stone magazine has given the soundtrack to the Big Star documentary “Nothing can hurt me” four stars. From the review:

“This soundtrack to the fine documentary on the classic-rock era’s greatest cult band makes Big Star’s fame-fumble sting anew. The selections, all ‘previously unissued,’ include most of the band’s best songs. If the alternate versions aren’t all that different from the originals, they’re no less dazzling, dense with harmonies and hooks whose perfectly turned imperfections make their aches leap out of the speakers.”

“Nothing can hurt me” is out later this week on demand and on iTunes.

Another fitness-focused tenant at Overton Square

Cardio Barre, a high energy, no-impact exercise class that combines dance-based barre work and light weights, signed a 2,310-square-foot lease on second floor space in Overton Square, the third lease signed by a fitness-focused user at Overton Square.
“We really are assembling a nice mix of health-conscious tenants at Overton Square,” said Aaron Petree, who represented the landlord, Loeb Properties INC. “We think the unique fitness specialties of CARDIO BARRE, Breakaway Running and Delta Groove Yoga are all nice compliments to the variety of cuisine in the area and the arts experiences offered by the area’s theatres.”
“The increased daytime traffic generated by CARDIO BARRE also makes Overton Square more attractive to other retail operators,” said Petree. “We are very excited that they are joining us.”
CARDIO BARRE, a franchise founded by choreographer and dancer Richard Giorla, offers the benefits of ballet training with fat-burning and muscle-sculpting exercises that do not involve any of the usual suspects – no kicking, no punching and no jumping up and down. The exercise focuses on on a steady flowing set of movements that lengthen and strengthen muscles.
Native Memphian Allison Steward is the franchisee.
“When I returned to Memphis, I was searching for a fitness program to bring the maximum benefit of fitness and dance combined,” said Steward, who studied as a dance major at Loyola Marymount University and pursued a dancing career in Los Angeles.

Holiday Inn Express enlists Daily Show comedian for new campaign

Holiday Inn Express has launched StaySmart.com, a new website where customers are invited to share, in a humorous way, things they’ve learned on their travels, as well as other tidbits, in the form of videos, images and tweets. As part of that, the hotel chain has brought on Daily Show comedian Jason Jones to create videos for the site, and several of them are live now. Here’s an example (click the image) of Jones, offering his advice on things to pack:

Obsidian launches digital engagement survey

Obsidian Public Relations is once again conducting its Mid-South Digital Engagement Survey.

The firm is partnering with Research Dynamics Inc., and the survey is available June 24 to July 5 at www.digitalmidsouth.com.

The survey has 28 questions and will try to get into peoples’ online habits and digital usage. It probably goes without saying, but to be eligible to participant, respondents have to be “digitally engaged” and reside in the Memphis area.

New questions for 2013 will look at app usage, digital marketing and more in-depth questions about use of social media platforms.  Also, one participant will win an iPad mini.

 

Kroger announces big price-cutting initiative

Kroger’s Delta Division is launching a new price campaign this week.

Starting June 26, the company is cutting prices on thousands of items, including those in grocery, produce, organics, natural foods and general merchandise, a move the company says represents a multimillion-dollar investment.

In addition to the price reductions on groceries and merchandise, Kroger will continue to offer weekly and everyday sales, its Fuel Program, its $4 and $10 Prescription Program, weekly specials and themed events.

Kroger also is expanding digital coupons on Kroger.com. A Kroger spokesman said a growing number of customers are accessing store promotions and coupons from the company’s digital apps versus using traditional print coupons.

To register for free downloadable clip-less coupons daily, customers can visit Kroger.com. In addition, customers can also download the store’s mobile app in the iPhone and Android app stores.

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