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Saturday, May 4 2002

Working the Borders: The Tijuana and Monterrey Scenes

Tijuana and Monterrey are both closer to the U.S. border than they are to Mexico City, and both have enthusiastic and committed local music scenes that have little to do with trying to sound like 'chilangos' (natives of Mexico City) and everything to do with musical hybridism.


Thursday, May 2 2002

Ain’t Trickin’ Me

As soon as word got out that Left Eye was dead, the news-and-entertainment industry kicked into a depressingly familiar gear.


Explorations: The Brooklyn Jewish Film Festival

The efforts of the Brooklyn Jewish Film Festival to use Jewish identity as a jumping-off point to promote understanding among many groups, are admirable and welcome.


Tuesday, April 30 2002

Tell Me When It’s Over: The Paisley Underground Reconsidered

The Rain Parade Steve Wynn   If you ask Steve Wynn for one of his favorite memories from his days playing on the Los Angeles


Thursday, April 25 2002

Goodbye, Layne

I remember the feeling of sadness when I read that Staley had taken to wearing fingerless gloves, presumably to hide the puncture wounds on the backs on his hands, from injecting heroin when his other veins refused to cooperate.


Friday, April 19 2002

South by Southwest on a Shoestring: A Diary

Schwartz writes about her odyssey at this year's South By Southwest Festival in the 'Home of Live Music' [Austin, Texas]; the place where 'Music Still Matters.'


South by Southwest on a Shoestring: A Diary

Schwartz writes about her odyssey at this year's South By Southwest Festival in the 'Home of Live Music' [Austin, Texas]; the place where 'Music Still Matters.'


South by Southwest on a Shoestring: A Diary

Schwartz writes about her odyssey at this year's South By Southwest Festival in the 'Home of Live Music' [Austin, Texas]; the place where 'Music Still Matters.'


South by Southwest on a Shoestring: A Diary

Schwartz writes about her odyssey at this year's South By Southwest Festival in the 'Home of Live Music' [Austin, Texas]; the place where 'Music Still Matters.'


South by Southwest on a Shoestring: A Diary

Schwartz writes about her odyssey at this year's South By Southwest Festival in the 'Home of Live Music' [Austin, Texas]; the place where 'Music Still Matters.'


South by Southwest on a Shoestring: A Diary

Schwartz writes about her odyssey at this year's South By Southwest Festival in the 'Home of Live Music' [Austin, Texas]; the place where 'Music Still Matters.'


Thursday, April 18 2002

The Wisconsin Film Festival 2002

The Wisconsin Film Festival represents the Badger State's belated but nimble leap onto the festival bandwagon.


Wednesday, April 10 2002

Paranoia Over Privacy

How is a sense of security retained in an environment embedded with hidden policies and clauses that come to the foreground only after the fact? The same security measures put in place to protect our privacy have the capacity to strip them from us.


Freedy in the Aftermath

Something of this clumsy love can get us through a season of war. By way of the benefit concert, pop has seemed like a parade of virtue; by way of everything else, it has sounded like knee-jerk nationalism.


A Cynic’s Demise: Billy Wilder (1906-2002)

To the movie maven, Billy Wilder was the last of his kind, the most visible link to the Golden Age of Hollywood . . . he epitomized the professional spit and polish that the factory system of the major studios promoted.


Thursday, April 4 2002

Eight Years After: A Remembrance of Kurt Cobain’s Troubles and the Music They Inspired

At the start of the '90s, Kurt Cobain appeared to be the savior of rock 'n' roll. He was a beacon of hope to the black and flannel set, who saw him emerge from the fog of macho groups like Guns N' Roses as the only guy who could wear liberalism on his sleeve, begging sexist, racist, and homophobic rednecks not to buy his records, while still gaining their admiration by rocking fucking hard.


Art Forms

When talking about movies, the phrase 'based on a video game' does not have to mean simply 'dumb'.


Tuesday, April 2 2002

Dueling Banjos: Scruggs-style vs. the Clawhammer

What Earl Scruggs brought to banjo was a 'little something extra', that being his middle finger . . . In fact, it can be said with a straight face that Scruggs is the father of industrial music, because his home environment had everything to do with his sound.


Sunday, March 31 2002

Czech New Wave Cinema: The Children of Marx and Kafka

Czech New Wave film was able to hold up a mirror to the other side of the Iron Curtain, and to demystify the influence of the West.


Thursday, March 28 2002

South by Southwest Film Festival 2002

Indications are that the SXSW Film Festival may be soon outgrowing the Music Festival's shadow and stepping into a light all its own.


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