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Benjamin Hedge Olson

Benjamin Hedge Olson is a writer, ethnographer, scholar, and teacher based in Greensboro, North Carolina.  He holds a PhD in American Studies from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, and an MA in Popular Culture from Bowling Green State University.  Dr. Olson is currently an Instructor in Cultural Studies at American InterContinental University. You can contact him via LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/benjamin-hedge-olson/86/b74/a5a


Features

Tuesday, September 24 2013

The Performance of Summertime and Regional Identity at Bumbershoot

At Bumbershoot, Seattleites pat themselves on the back with enough force to crack vertebrae, reinforcing their sense of civic and regional pride, saying to one another over and over again: this is who we are, and right now we are at our most perfect.


Reviews

Wednesday, October 15 2014

Pharmakon: Bestial Burden

Bestial Burden really knows how to work a mood, and beat that sense of claustrophobic misery right into the ground.


Thursday, October 9 2014

Caribou: Our Love

By tweaking the sound of his previous record, Caribou's Dan Snaith has created one of the most enjoyable, crowd-pleasing records of the year.


Friday, September 26 2014

Getting Lost in the South: The Hopscotch Music Festival 2014

Did I truly experience "the Real South" over the course of the Hopscotch Music Festival weekend?


Thursday, September 25 2014

Dustin Wong and Takako Minekawa: Savage Imagination

Almost every single moment of Savage Imagination is pretty and melodic, but these tracks tend to just drift by before dissolving into the next pretty, sweet bit of noodling.


Thursday, September 11 2014

Tricky: Adrian Thaws

Adrian Thaws is one of Tricky's most successful attempts to achieve reconciliation between the strengths of his established sound, and his need to progress as an artist.


Ben Frost: Aurora [26.May.14]
Yann Tiersen: ∞ [20.May.14]
King Dude: Fear [7.May.14]
Tweens: Tweens [6.Apr.14]
Týr: Valkyrja [13.Oct.13]
múm: Smilewound [16.Sep.13]
Otep: Hydra [25.Feb.13]
Abiotic: Symbiosis [28.Nov.12]
ERAAS: ERASS [4.Nov.12]
Four Tet: Pink [11.Oct.12]
Fennesz: Fa 2012 [30.Sep.12]

Blogs

Tuesday, April 1 2014

Remembering GWAR's Dave Brockie: Scumdog of the Universe, Artist, Hero

Dave Brockie forced GWAR fans to take absurdity very seriously. He gave hope to kids all over the world, suggesting that creativity, humor, and heavy metal might be infinitely more powerful than the stultifying, small-minded idiocy that they saw all around them.


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