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Sunday, August 17 2014

Wig in a Nutshell: An Interview with Stephen Trask Co-Creator of 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch'

Hedwig and the Angry Inch co-creator and songwriter Stephen Trask animatedly answers questions about the production’s success on Broadway and more.


Thursday, July 24 2014

Just Hate Nostalgia: Revisiting the Misanthropic Genius of Luke Haines

The Auteurs transcend the music of their time and place and subvert the notion of Britpop, Britishness, and the whole darkness of humanity.


Monday, June 23 2014

At the Core: An Interview with The Antlers

The Antlers' multi-instrumentalist Darby Cicci and singer/lyricist Peter Silberman speak with us about the process of creation, keeping your emotions genuine, and why their music is good for cooking to.


Tuesday, June 3 2014

For All the Misfits and the Losers: 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' Brings the Underdog to Broadway

That Hedwig is claiming so much success without losing its more challenging aspects and picking up “quadruple threat” Neil Patrick Harris in the process is nothing short of a miracle.


Monday, November 19 2012

"You Can't Be Lazy In Stand-Up:": An Interview with Simon Amstell

The British comedian gets candid about himself, his own healing experiences, and the magic of hallucinogens.


Reviews

Monday, November 10 2014

Mark Kozelek: Sings Christmas Carols

For those ready to consider the the real meaning of Christmas rather than the crass commercial aspect, this is the holiday record for you.


Wednesday, October 29 2014

Daniel Lanois: Flesh and Machine

Daniel Lanois has upped the ante with Flesh and the Machine by pledging to search "for something that’s never been heard before".


Monday, October 20 2014

Rowland S Howard: Pop Crimes

Reissue of the final solo album by the hugely overlooked Australian post-punk hero, Rowland S Howard.


Wednesday, October 15 2014

Mount Eerie: New York - 24 September 2014

Phil Elverum brought minimalist arrangements of songs from upcoming Mount Eerie release Sauna to NYC's Le Poisson Rouge, along with plenty of mystery and endearing stage banter.


Sunday, August 17 2014

Fat White Family: Champagne Holocaust

One critic tries to figure out why everyone loves Fat White Family and she doesn't.


Hurts: Exile [18.Mar.13]
Foals: Holy Fire [13.Feb.13]
Beak>: >> [8.Jul.12]
Cate Le Bon: Cyrk [17.Jan.12]
Herzog: Search [12.Jul.11]

Blogs

Thursday, November 6 2014

Tits of Clay's Memorial for Lou Reed: 27 October 2014 - Mercury Lounge, NYC

Tits of Clay and Hedwig co-creator Stephen Trask paid tribute to the passing of Lou Reed with a performance of Transformer.


Monday, October 6 2014

Tinariwen - "Arhegh Danagh" (video) (Premiere)

The Saharan band Tinariwen have been going strong since coming to international acclaim in the late ‘90s, playing the largest music festivals in the world and receiving a Grammy in 2012 for the album Tassili.


Monday, June 16 2014

The Veda Rays - "Wait for Teeth to Show" and "It Led to Nothing and Nowhere" (videos)

We last heard from noirish trio the Veda Rays on the 2012 EP releases Die Fast and Life Kills, which were limited releases that are now out of circulation.


Tuesday, December 3 2013

Casimer & Casimir -- "O Sweet Joe Pye" (video) (Premiere)

Casimer Pascal and Vincent Casimir are an uncle-nephew duo with a fondness for tempered quirkiness and encapsulating the blighted Midwest in song.


Friday, October 11 2013

Shilpa Ray - "Mother Is a Misanthrope" (stream)

Judging from the devastation wrought from last year's Hurricane Sandy and a number of other terrifying natural tragedies, Mother Nature is regarding humanity with a lot of ill will.


Cate Le Bon: 24.Mar.2010 - New York (Notes from the Road) [29.Mar.10]

News

Thursday, August 23 2012

All Tomorrow's Parties: I'll Be Your Mirror USA 2012 (Preview)

The second annual festival -- curated this year by Afghan Whig's Greg Dulli -- promises to be a diverse and epic event. It takes place in New York City from the 21st to the 23rd of September.


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