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by Evan Sawdey

5 Apr 2011


The title—Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind—is kind of wacky.  The content, however, is downright unpredictable.

Greg Allen crafted “Neo-Futurism” after spending much time studying the Italian Futurists while at Oberlin College, eventually bringing Too Much Light to Chicago in December of 1988.  Since then, this show—wherein 30 plays are performed within one hour, the plays themselves changing on a weekly basis—has not only become the longest running show in Chicago, but has also spawned a branch out in New York as well.  Between his work with the Neos, Allen has also written and directed plays all around the country, often to great acclaim.

Here, in this exclusive interview with PopMatters, Allen sits down with us to discuss the Neo-Futurist aesthetic, responds to the charge that Too Much Light is “short attention span theatre”, and attempts to turn a table upside down with only the help of audience applause ...

by Chris Colgan

4 Apr 2011


Photo: Shawn Brackbill

The idea of adding synthesizers to progressive rock is nothing new, but no band has made it sound quite as refreshing and deep as the Pittsburgh-based duo known as Zombi. On the surface, bassist Steve Moore and drummer A.E. Paterra may not look like much, but with the addition of the synth elements to their sound, there may as well be twenty people in Zombie instead of two. The rich color and intricate layering of their instrumental prog rock is entrancing, recalling instrumentals by Pink Floyd and the sound shifts of mid-‘80s Rush. Letting the synthesizers do the talking, Zombi’s newest album Escape Velocity is a tutorial in utilizing seemingly disparate elements for synergistic, harmonized outcomes. Listen to “Slow Oscillations” here for proof, as Zombi prove themselves in under three minutes to be more enthralling than most bands can be in twice that amount of time.

Zombi’s new album Escape Velocity is out May 10th on Relapse Records. You can pre-order the album in various packages, as well as purchase their back catalogue, at this location.

by Martin Zeller-Jacques

4 Apr 2011


Joss Whedon once claimed that he and his friends loved shows like Dawson’s Creek and Party of Five but that they really didn’t have enough rocket launchers or people kicking each other in the face – something that explains a lot of the unique pleasure of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  Fans of Whedon’s style of action-heavy teen angst might also want to take a chance on the upcoming Aussie action spectacular, Tomorrow, When the War Began.

Based upon the book of the same name by John Marsden, a popular novel for teens and common set text in Australian schools, the film is the first of a planned trilogy of Australian-made action blockbusters.  Already out in the Antipodes, it’s been garnering praise from fans of the novel and a generally positive critical reception, but in the UK we’ll have to wait until April 8th for our fix of meaningful teen bonding and hardcore ass-kicking.

by Allison Taich

1 Apr 2011


PBS original series Live from the Artists Den premieres its third season on public TV April 1, 2011. The show features intimate and unique performances by a spectrum of musicians in extraordinary settings. Season three features Robert Plant, Ray LaMontagne, Elvis Costello, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, and more. Check your local listings for details on channels and times. In the mean time enjoy this chilling sneak peak of Ray LaMontage live at the Don Strange Ranch in Boerne, TX. Full schedule after the jump.

by PopMatters Staff

1 Apr 2011


We love Duran Duran’s 13th album All You Need Is Now and so does Jimmy Fallon. The British new wavers played Fallon’s show last night spotlighting “Leave a Light On” from the new record.

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