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by Jane Jansen Seymour

13 Jun 2012


This time around the New Music Seminar (NMS) will present four nights of music June 17 - 20 at 17 locations around New York City. The NMS New York Music Festival is enlisting partners BMI, eMusic, Filter Magazine, Folk Alliance, OurStage, ReverbNation and SESAC, to bring emerging acts to mid-sized venues such as Irving Plaza and Webster Hall as well as smaller clubs in the Lower East Side and Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The full line-up of over 150 artists is available on the NMS website, with a handy function allowing anyone interested in the concerts to narrow results by day or one of 16 genres from folk to indie, R&B or simply singer-songwriter.  All NMS Festival shows (excluding the NMS Opening Night Party) are open to the public with tickets available for purchase in advance and at the door of each respective participating venue.

by Steve Jansen

13 Jun 2012


Save their debut, I’d wager Behaviour is by far the Pet Shop Boys’ best, certainly most consistent, well-rounded album to date. Defined by lead single “Being Boring”, the album tilted the duo’s bitter-sweet axis to also take in melancholy. Granted, the album also created a cul-de-sac problem; comfortable and mature, at least by pop rules is a dangerously short road into irrelevance. Nevertheless, it was a great album while it lasted; even if it did leave me wondering, across far too many subsequently mediocre reappearances, why the Pet Shop Boys couldn’t just hanker down and write something that fantastic again. 

So imagine my delight upon clicking play on “Invisible” this morning, the new single in waiting by Messrs Tennant and Lowe. Within ten seconds I was caught. By 20, I was right back in headphones, late at night circa 1990, drifting. Then, a little after 30 seconds in, and a first line admission that “After being, for so many years, the life and soul of the party, it’s weird… I’m invisible…” I was in heaven.

by Cynthia Fuchs

12 Jun 2012


“I think it was a neat idea, and I’m proud of what we accomplished.” As Oliver North looks back on the Iran-Contra Affair, he hardly seems bothered by the fallout for his illegal gun running, or the facts that the scheme became a scandal and he became a scapegoat. Seven years later, in 1994, when the born again Christian North ran for a Virginia Senate seat, he faced what many observers considered long odds, running against Democratic incumbent Chuck Robb and an independent candidate, Marshall Coleman, endorsed by former Republican Senator John Warner. Still, as recorded in A> Perfect Candidate, his campaign received remarkable support, raising over $20 million through a smart direct marketing effort (including direct mail and telemarketing), as well as contributions from major donors.

by Steve Horowitz

11 Jun 2012


Enter the heavy metal keyboard world of Larry Sievers at your own risk. He just might mesmerize you into hearing sounds you did not know exist, or transport you to worlds of magic and danger, or conjure up brave and spiritual souls. No matter. Living is easy in his tree, and you know he may be high or he may be low, but it is all right. Fantasy is its own reward with its own special kind of riches. Here be the place where reason ends and dreams begin. Watch out for dragons, especially the ones already inside of you eating away at your consciousness!

by John Garratt

11 Jun 2012


Photo: Shervin Lainez

In 2002, Brooklyn-based They Might Be Giants released their first family-friendly album No!. Ten years and many Grammy’s later, the album is getting a deluxe makeover with seven bonus tracks, most of which are live versions of No! songs. This package drops June 26th courtesy of TMBG’s Idlewild Recordings, but you can download the live version of “Clap Your Hands” below.

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