Articles tagged music

‘Bellweather Rhapsody’ Is an Entertaining and Enthralling Yarn

What makes this novel interesting is that it is peppered with a cast of characters who are still living in the past, or are afraid of the future.

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Chuck Klosterman Is Making a Career of Evil in ‘I Wear the Black Hat’

If anything, I Wear the Black Hat makes you think about what is culturally acceptable when it comes to malicious behavior.

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BUKU Music and Art Project: 8-9 March 2013 - New Orleans

With a diverse lineup, BUKU intended to incorporate the post-industrial vibe as well as the garish festivity of Mardi Gras World, which it pulled off with varying degrees of success.

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‘Maxwell Street Blues’ Is a Toe-Tapping Time Capsule

Viewing Maxwell Street Blues paradoxically stirs simultaneous emotions of melancholy and elation. Much like what happens when singing the blues.

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Beyoncé Rocks It Slow and ‘90s Style for Her 1+1 Video

When Beyoncé released her fourth solo album, aptly titled 4, many were confused as to which direction she was going. There were moments of psychedelic electro

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24 Aug 2011 // 10:22 AM

OK Go vs. the Muppets

The Muppets drifted out of coolness when they were relegated to children’s entertainment in the ‘90s. They came back with a vengeance though through

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Tori Amos’ Latest Video Continues Her Tradition of Cheese

Tori Amos' latest video continues her long running awkward relationship with the visual medium.

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Robyn Writhes in an Empty Gym While Pleading to “Call Your Girlfriend”

The video for Robyn‘s truly magnificent track (possibly the best from Body Talk, vol.3) is a simple one-take video where we see the electro

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30 May 2011 // 8:58 PM

Scarlet Season: The Taxidermist

Scarlet Season falls flat with The Taxidermist, resorting to cheesy metaphors and cliché angst-rock beats.

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25 May 2011 // 9:00 PM

Amon Tobin: ISAM

After four years of work, Amon Tobin returns with the most forward-thinking electronic album you're likely to hear for quite some time: the stunning ISAM.

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The Trio of Oz: The Trio of Oz

Not the Wizard, but the Trio. Popular rock tunes translated into drums, piano, and bass. There's no place like jazz, there's no place like jazz, there's no place like jazz…

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26 Jan 2011 // 8:56 PM

Jimmy Edgar: XXX

Three ways to tell if taking your production to the 1980s is a bad idea: (1) you'll sound like a robot; (2) your compositions will become too jittery; and (3) your music will sound like a parody.

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Cheyenne Marie Mize: Before Lately

Vulnerable but never rebuffed, this Kentucky singer navigates the extremes.

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24 Jan 2011 // 8:56 PM

Christina Martin: I Can Too

Vocal excellence and musical craftsmanship combine for the front end of this powerhouse's album.

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‘Michael Jackson’s Vision’ Into the Future

The Moonwalker's short films are brought together here in a single collection. Are you still down with Michael? Are you down? Are you bad?!

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11 Nov 2010 // 5:34 AM

The Top Ten Pop Culture Podcasts

The exhilarating world of podcasting opens up new opportunities for pop culture analysis in the relatively young medium. Here is a list of ten particularly rewarding podcasts covering the worlds of film, television, music, and literature.

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Ultimate Fakebook Release Free Full-Length Album

Power-pop favorites Ultimate Fakebook release their first full-length album since their seven-year hiatus. Daydream Radio is Smiling Static is a collection of lost recordings from 200

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‘Jass’ Gives You the Feel for Early American History

Take a tour of Storyville where Jazz began and murder prevails, bringing in the likes of David Fulmer's hero who is as good at solving crime as he's crippled by his love of an irresistible whore.

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Paranoid Android: Is Music the Opiate of the iPod-Owning Masses?

Wherein our curmudgeonly record shop owner realizes that his store with its bins full of vinyl was his own personal iPod long before the iPod was ever invented.

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An Impressive Group of Artists Attempt to Explain our Essential Bond With the Beat

Even the most eloquent speakers struggle to truly describe their unending passion for music.

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'Staircase' Is Gay in a Melancholy Way

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"Unfairly cast aside as tasteless during its time for its depiction of homosexuality, Staircase is a serious film in need of a second critical appraisal.

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