When Is Art Beautiful? When Is It Just Boring?

When Is Art Beautiful? When Is It Just Boring?

By Robert Loss

10 Feb 2016 // 2:30 AM

To paraphrase art critic Peter Schjeldahl, beauty is a kind of action and reaction between the work and the viewer, or the listener, or the reader. Beauty happens....

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Hangin' Loose: Exploring British Soul in the Music of Loose Ends

By Imran Khan

10 Feb 2016 // 2:00 AM

Loose Ends cultivated an art in supreme sophistication with their groundbreaking experiments in British soul and R&B during the '80s. Decades later, their music remains as potent as it was when it first graced the airwaves and clubs of both the UK and US....

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Counterbalance: Elvis Costello's 'Imperial Bedroom'

// Sound Affects

"History repeats the old conceits, the glib replies, the same defeats. Keep your finger on important issues, and keep listening to the 275th most acclaimed album of all time. A 1982 masterpiece is this week's Counterbalance.

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