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Curiouser and Curiouser

August 13, 2008

E WHAT: The Alice Project WHEN: Until Aug. 17, Gallery hours Friday through Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. WHERE: Stevens Square Center for the Arts TICKETS: Free, $3 donation suggested verybody's had that moment...

Murakami taps into a personal well

August 6, 2008

S "What I Talk About When I Talk About Running" Author: Haruki Murakami Publisher: Knopf Pages: 192 Price: $21 ome authors find transcendent limits by taking acid and staring at curtains, but Haruki Murakami...

Traveling pants take on freshman 15

August 6, 2008

T Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 Directed by: Sanaa Hamri Starring: Blake Lively, Amber Tamblyn, Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera he last "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" film was full of tear-jerking...

Poets & wine, writers & rum

July 30, 2008

K "Drunk the Night Before" Author: Marty Roth Publisher: University of Minnesota Press Price : $22.50 paperback Pages: 153 ate, a character in John Steinbeck's "East of Eden ," was a charming, yellow-haired...

Not Tired of Being Sexy Yet

July 30, 2008

C Donkey Artist: CSS Label: Subpop ansei de Ser Sexy are a step away from the DIY, copyright-irreverence of Brazil's latest lovable music export - Baile Funk. While funkees tend to nab beats from old kitschy...

Apples in High Def

July 23, 2008

The Apples in Stereo flew in to the Pitchfork Music Festival just in time to throw in a set between The Dirty Projectors and The Dodos. Singing about energy and human connections with the gusto and the...

The Circle of Life as evidenced by music videos

July 16, 2008

. View a PDF version of this story. CURRENT LION IN THE JUNGLE: YouTube POSSIBLE VICTOR: Copyright law Whether anyone still cares about music videos is uncertain. Sure you can jump on YouTube and see...

Summer Activities Guide

July 9, 2008

>Take a trip to Po-Dunk You probably grew up so close to a Starbucks that your mom could have rocked you to sleep with a bottle of their steamed milk. Get out of the metro area and head to a town that...

Futurama tackles yet another dimension

July 2, 2008

E"The Beast with a Billion Backs" Directed by: Peter Avanzino. Starring: Billy West, Katey Sagal, David Cross Rated: Not rated Distributed by: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment very canceled show may...

The best album you won’t hear

July 2, 2008

Turns out a lot of people in Norway really like Prince. And five discs worth of Norwegian bands love Prince enough to record covers of his songs without getting paid for it. Unfortunately, the love is...

Nothing to Howl, Moon about

June 25, 2008

I Wolf Parade Album: At Mount Zoomer Label: Sub Pop f Kurt Cobain had spent some time discovering his feminine side, or had been raised in a cathouse, Nirvana might have ended up sounding something like...

Like “Flight of the Conchords” + pot brownies

June 11, 2008

I Tim & Eric ALBUM: Awesome Record, Great Songs LABEL: Williams Street Records 've realized that I can entertain almost any guest by sitting them down with a drink and the DVD of "The Tim & Eric...

Carnally cosmopolitan

June 4, 2008

Carrie Bradshaw is the type of woman who wonders if the word "love" is supposed to have a period or an ellipsis after it. Should it be said softly and with a coy pause, or should it be final, with an echo...

Summer music preview

May 8, 2008

We're about to enter what is called "May Term," a limbo land of self-destructive freetime where all one has to worry about is the hysterical weather and whether your crazy old babysitter can be used as...

The smart and the heartless

April 24, 2008

"What's up with smart people?" is what this film's glib, peppy title seems to be asking. Sure we know that they love conservative sweaters, red wine and Victorian poetry, but why are they so square and...

Fresh Terrain

April 3, 2008

While you spend your nights pounding equations into calculators and reading articles in books that you can't wait to sell back, some students are sweating over a bunch of hot metal, revving up their drills,...

Beyond the Dollar Menu

March 27, 2008

Every area of the University has its own eating rituals. For those in the dorms, it begins with knocking on the doors of your dining buddies, deciding whether to get your card swiped or to simply make...

Between iPod and K-mart there’s j-rock

March 13, 2008

Even though Japanese is called "Nihongo" in its native land, it's the Roman "j" we see riding in front of "j-rock," coasting through the waves of satellite MTV to fly the flag of a culture baby-mothered...

‘Jumper’ fails to soar

February 21, 2008

Someday there will be a movie that takes the concept of teleportation, explores its philosophical implications, and does it so well that it leaves little kids through the ages pressing on their belly buttons...

Manga Bible may tempt a taste

February 21, 2008

Ye children, ye college students of Campus Crusade for Christ, and ye students for whom the Bible is not thine bag - or even anyone who has picked up the Daily to do a Sudoku - hear my story of driving...

A few bites of feminist art

February 14, 2008

Women know that apples have had a sour taste ever since we bit in and wound up being blamed for original sin. But when Altered Esthetics came up with the title "Bitter Fruits" for their recent exhibit,...

Class animalia

February 7, 2008

Ever since the first melodic lightning struck a chord sequence of amoebas, animal-christened bands have been evolving into the grizzly, peaced-out, xylophone smashing creatures that walk the planes of...

My professor can out-jam yours

January 31, 2008

There used to be a fork in the road on the pathway to rock, a point where one leaves one's garage and decides whether to follow the terrain of bass amps and dressing rooms or trade in the guitar for a...

Muldoon mulls over nature, candy bars

November 29, 2007

Finally there's a poet to express the less-than-timeless tribulations of the soccer mom. Princeton professor, "New Yorker" poetry editor and garage-band lyricist Paul Muldoon has learned the subtle art...

Winehouse blunt on ‘Frank’

November 29, 2007

Let's admit it: We citizens of the United States only became obsessed with Amy Winehouse once we caught wind of her pro-drinking/shooting/snorting track "Rehab." At the time, a flurry of heroin-chic Hollywood-ites...

Dance Band gets the indie kids swaying

November 29, 2007

The guys from Dance Band are survivors. They're not the kind of band with a tour bus full of tiny beds and different varieties of Cheetos; they toured the country in the backseat of a minivan, without...

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November 21, 2007

Florentino Ariza is somewhere in the 500s on his scrupulous list of lovers when a plump woman with a flower on her lapel realizes that love is spiritual from the waist up, and physical from the waist down....

Supernatural wonders of the world

November 15, 2007

Sigur Rós seemed to appear out of their own fold of reality, creating epic sounds with a subtle futuristic tint, as if banging out symphonies for a far away jungle: a jungle where the elephants...

Freak the folk out

November 15, 2007

For a band that reportedly writes their songs with "murder in mind," and hopes that they sound like "crickets being put into a state-of-the-art wood chipper," Yeasayer's latest album is more like a summer...

Your Momma’s art in a strange land

November 8, 2007

If it seems like the words "festival" and "appropriation" don't go together, you probably haven't heard DJ Dangermouse's "The Grey Album." Reaching one hand into rock 'n' roll at its most fresh-faced and...

Math + rock = electrophoria

November 8, 2007

Tired of the handclaps and cowbells increasingly stuck into indie tracks? Do you skim your iTunes with your chin in your hand and sigh, thinking that your collection just isn't freaky enough these days? Or...

Sun-starved Madtown kids sing to a full moon

November 1, 2007

You can practically hear the beer sloshing out of mugs when the choruses of Pale Young Gentlemen songs wind into expertly crafted moments of late night, smoke-over-the-card table fraternization. The album...

The healing power of a my-size soul mate

November 1, 2007

Bianca the love doll might be one of the most fascinating characters in cinema this year. She's half Brazilian and half Danish, was raised by nuns after her mother died in childbirth, and is taking a break...

Multitudinous manifestations of mummies

October 25, 2007

We're used to seeing giant-sized walls of soup cans at Cub or hundreds of decked-out Barbies at Target, but tunneling through rows of skeletons might still have the ability to make us feel small. In "Art...

Legendary Soap Factory jumps into your nightmares

October 25, 2007

Alfred Hitchcock once advised that those in the horror industry should "always make the audience suffer as long as possible." But there comes a time when movies aren't enough. Watching "Saw" may tickle...

From apple pie to border control

October 18, 2007

Struggles with growing up Irish and baby carrots who are trying to turn him gay have made Stephen Colbert into the man he is today, the self-proclaimed embodiment of America. His America is yours, and...

Put your euros where your headphones are

October 18, 2007

At midnight on Oct. 9, countless music critics, starved of advanced copies, found themselves sitting under a blacklight in their underwear, downloading Radiohead's new album "In Rainbows." The reviews...

The Devil rides past its opposition

October 11, 2007

Set among a backdrop of dry grass, burnt thatched-roof huts and countless dead bodies, "The Devil Came on Horseback" documents the struggle of Brian Steidle, a retired marine who was stationed in Sudan...

Espionage and mah-jongg create friction

October 11, 2007

."Here we are with painted faces, listening to their off-tune song," sighs Mr. Yee, the assassin's target and moon-eyed, belt-wielding sexual playmate of Wang Chia Chi, the woman who has just asked him...

Dance funk to make your dictionary blush

October 4, 2007

I'm in a small red dressing room at the Triple Rock with Bonde do Rolê, the band that sits in the eye of the baile funk (pronounced "buy-lay funkee") hurricane that is making its way from steamier...

LPs and EPs, make way for free MP3s

October 4, 2007

If you could make eggs appear instantly in your fridge, it's doubtful that you'd bother going to the market for your omelet needs. Chicken farmers might start peeping in your windows, but eventually they'd...

‘Beam’ leaves front porch for new album

September 27, 2007

Sam Beam has finally left the Deep South; never mind that the bushy-bearded, banjo-toting force behind Iron & Wine is actually from Miami. One listen to his old LPs, "The Creek Drank the Cradle" and...

The fresh and the flesh in the grotesque

September 27, 2007

This is no kindergarten art. No scented crayons here, no safety-scissors, and absolutely no smiling, Kool-Aid sun in the corner of the page. "Rotten Sun," the current art exhibit put on by the school's...

The Sea and Cake make music for your moon lounge

September 13, 2007

The guys from Chicago-based music group The Sea and Cake are also visual artists, which might explain the expansive landscape that is almost tangible in their songs. The airy vocals of singer Sam Prekop...

Artists make a better stir stick, and more

September 13, 2007

If a college student were to write down everything he or she consumed - ate, read, smoked, etc. - on an average Friday, it might look something like this: three cups of coffee, two cans of Mountain Dew,...

M.I.A. present with presence on ‘Kala’

September 6, 2007

M.I.A. just made one of the best albums of the year, and she's pissed - with just cause. Bloggers, Pitchfork writers and magazine columnists don't seem to know who to credit for her worldly buffet of beats,...

When the pies in the sky collide

September 6, 2007

The word "Segrelicious" was born when Sean Smuda, creator of The Shoebox Art Gallery, was chatting with curators of Obsidian Arts, a neighboring gallery. "It is so delicious when people are forced to combine,...