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Bohemian rhapsodize!

Published November 1, 2007

Agent provocateur Eugene Hütz, he of the indelible saloon-style moustache, glimmer of gold teeth and perpetual layer of stage sweat, has three words cocked, loaded and steeped in his syrupy-thick,...

Bewitched BFAs perform ‘The Crucible’

Published October 25, 2007

Each year, within the University's bustling pack of BFA Actor Training Program students, a blood-curdling rumor has continued to swell: The class of 2008, upper- and underclassmen swore, were kissed with...

The Surreal World

Published October 18, 2007

Theirs is a private universe made public, an outer space both delicately and calamitously pressed together by spare parts and photo rag paper. Equal parts chaos and order, the objects and images within...

Random lover’s rock

Published October 11, 2007

First comes the screeching, "totally excellent!" guitar riff. Then, the aggressive, plunking chords of a very minor-key piano. Then, a tambourine, followed by the too-hurried crash of cymbals and - why...

An American in a Paris all his own

Published October 11, 2007

More surprising than the clamoring Balkan gypsy-folk revival brought about by Beirut's 2006 debut, "Gulang Orkestar," was its creator, a then 19-year-old Albuquerque kid confined to his bedroom with a...

Toys are us (and the universe)

Published October 4, 2007

When you were a kid, you knew - you just knew! - that your toys were more than toys; that their shiny plastic or fur-and-button exteriors were easily transcended. These objects had names, personalities,...

The ghost of Miss Harvey

Published October 4, 2007

PJ Harvey's last studio album, the stripped-down and stubbornly raw "Uh Huh Her," made like a love-hate letter (parts of which were allegedly addressed to alleged ex Vincent Gallo) where every last taste...

All tomorrow’s parties

Published September 27, 2007

It seems like everyone who's been to a Black Lips show has a tale to tell - and they're usually never too tall. Since their inception, Atlanta's fearless foursome of lo-fi garage-punk warriors can always...

Friends with benefits

Published September 27, 2007

It's been six years, Les Savy Fav. Six years! You never wrote. You never called. You all moved onward - and allegedly apart - after the release of 2001's jolty dance-punk-infected "Go Forth." Your spectacular,...

Hooks by the books

Published September 20, 2007

Perhaps there's something to be said for bands that show no sign of veering off toward unexpected crossroads. And really, if you were responsible for some of the most intricately and expertly woven indie...

The sweet side of wild animals

Published September 13, 2007

Recorded in Tucson, Ariz., the nine carefully selected songs on Animal Collective's "Strawberry Jam" (many of which were performed in one embodiment or another during their 2005 and 2006 tours) seem to...

Femme de la cin

Published September 13, 2007

What is it with potentially doomed lovers and their film-inspired but ultimately fictitious hopes for Paris, anyway? For some reason, both onscreen and off, scores of starry-eyed buffoons always seem to...

House of Band and Fog

Published August 15, 2007

Andrew Broder's been at it under the Fog moniker, in one free-flying, shape-shifting form or another, since 1999. Until now, the catalog of full-lengths and EPs that surfaced from his initial test-tube...

The science of adolescence

Published August 15, 2007

Though you'd probably rather not have to, go ahead and channel the undoubtedly more awkward kid version of yourself, attempting to wiggle into teenaged transition like it was a pair of secondhand pants...

The Pocketknife is mightier than the sword

Published August 8, 2007

For the hundredth time already, Laura Larson is not an angry person. Despite what so many of her interviewers and Isaac, that one radio listener hailing all the way from Alaska's freezing bowels ("What...

We’re off to see the aftermath

Published August 1, 2007

Sure, it's awfully easy to gripe about John Vanderslice's decision to follow up 2005's "Pixel Revolt," a haunting, haunted portrait of post-Sept.11 paranoia, with "Emerald City," an equally troubled venture...

The Q & A at play

Published August 1, 2007

No matter how righteous their reasoning, journalists by trade must use people for information. Most of the time they're ruthless about it too, willing to lie, cheat and steal in order to snatch up even...

From Minneapolis with love, and fur

Published July 25, 2007

When coupled Montreal twosome Handsome Furs released "Plague Park" in May, the debut demonstration of their minimalist robot rock, it seemed like every responding review was waist deep in the "cold/desolate/...

Ga ga for ‘Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga’

Published July 18, 2007

Is there any sweeter sound than a good band hitting an even better stride? Next to the excitement of unexpectedly tuning into something fresh and innovative - an artist's initial ability to really, truly...

Interpol turns off their bright lights

Published July 18, 2007

What's to admire again, exactly? Interpol has kept everyone dangling in their clutches for nearly three years now without any new material - or, hell, any word at all - since 2004's so-so sophomore album...

Liger still pretty much our favorite animal

Published July 11, 2007

Meet Lily, lovingly portrayed by Loren Horsley in the New Zealand Sundance smash, "Eagle vs. Shark." She is a hyper-shy, waifish fast food cashier with a crooked grin and a big ol' beating heart. She lives...

This is not irony

Published July 3, 2007

Nowadays, it seems the new musical pretentiousness is to exhaustingly emphasize one's unpretentiousness. Ditch the heavily publicized substance abuse, rumors of gargantuan penis size, bedpost tic marks...

‘Mix-Up,’ mess-up, same thing

Published July 3, 2007

Veteran Beastie Boys members Adam Horovitz, Adam Yauch and Mike Diamond are all respectably pushing their mid-40s. They've enjoyed more than 20 years of critical applause and commercial success over their...

Un-sticky ‘Icky’ Ooohhwweee!

Published June 27, 2007

The White Stripes have always walked a thin tightrope between genius and compulsion, but it was only a matter of time before Jack and Meg fully outgrew the strict limitations they first started out with,...

The freaks come out at night…naked!

Published June 27, 2007

This makes like the beginning of a wham-bam white- leisure-suit-soaked exploitation film from the 1980s: By day, four dashing-but-detached gents masquerade as white-collar working stiffs; then when night...

Band ofBrazzilian outsiders

Published June 20, 2007

Ah, summer. So fun, so fleeting, so freakin' sweaty. There is still plenty of pleasure to be had in the humidity, so before the leaves start to fall and cold weather is called in to cover August's shift,...

Dear indie kid: your relationship with Shellac, it’s OK

Published June 20, 2007

Shellac probably couldn't care less about you, or anyone else for that matter. They haven't cared since the early '90s, so why start now? Shellac ALBUM: Excellent Italian Greyhound LABEL: Touch and Go Unlike...

No hits and no misses from ‘Boxer’

Published June 13, 2007

Much of the content buried beneath "Boxer," Brooklyn-based quartet The National's fourth outing, details a pure and desperate struggle against indifference. And rightfully so. C'mon, admit it - their name...

Hootenanny on punk rock’s back porch

Published June 6, 2007

Many moons ago, rambunctious, punk-country hellions The Knotwells were still honing their skills in the East Harvard Market basement when they made the bold (or, possibly, suicidal) move to play one of...

More Dungen, less dragons

Published May 30, 2007

Sorry, dudes. Hazy, overly repetitive psych-rock (filled with extended jams and, like, totally NO lyrics, maaaaan!) has never really been my bag. I just tend to hate music that makes dropping acid a prerequisite. Dungen ALBUM:...

Danger! Danger! High Volta!

Published May 23, 2007

Pop can be a dirty and destructive concept comfortably at home in an often cruel genre. Within it, not even the notoriously monotonous have it this bad: all those branded with the title of "forward-thinking...

Shiloh, you are my friend

Published April 26, 2007

In her denim jumpers and cardigan twin sets, Peggy (Molly Shannon) is the atypical invisible singleton secretary, the type who thoughtfully brings treats to the office for her higher-ranking co-workers...

The band that leaves lipstick traces

Published April 26, 2007

If Blonde Redhead was personified, she would likely be of the classic noir femme fatale type, the willingly detached seductress who burns her bridges and shape-shifts as needed into a sexy beast all at...

Good Night Sweet Prince

Published April 19, 2007

Put aside all Disney-distorted notions of bright blue genies and bejeweled, belly-baring garb - "Aladdin" this ain't. Story collection "The Arabian Nights" may be the fabled "book with no author," home...

Off the chain

Published April 12, 2007

An aerodynamic road bike to travel 'round town with, free from traffic or those criminal gas and parking expenses; a rugged mountain hardtail for a backwoods trail or two; a charming cruiser for leisurely...

Pa rum pa pum pum

Published April 12, 2007

If horror movies have taught us anything, it's that the truly terrifying moments can often be accomplished with little to no sound. The final jolt might come with its share of Hell's bells and whistles,...

Fortissimo Fashionistas

Published April 5, 2007

Madonna's cone boobs. J-Lo's plunging Versache "dress." Angry-girl Chan Marshall of Cat Power Ö repping Chanel jewelry? It's no secret that the music and fashion industries have overlapped time and time...

Celebrating life through death

Published March 29, 2007

It's very tempting to peg Cloud Cult ringleader Craig Minowa as a hippie. He does, after all, use words like "centering" and "evolutionary" on a regular basis to describe ordinary, everyday things. Plus,...

Lookin’ for some hot stuff

Published March 29, 2007

There's always a tendency after February's end to try to drag summer in at the first given chance. Though only 40 degrees outside this past week, I was still so excited, I donned a pair of cutoff shorts...

This ain’t an indie scene, it’s a hit race

Published March 22, 2007

Modest Mouse's spontaneous burst into fame was totally bizarre for a brief period of time after the 2004 release of "Good News for People Who Love Bad News." The album - a swirl of energetic, emotional,...

I love you, but I’ve chosen sunlight

Published March 22, 2007

Having once claimed during an interview that all their songs were simply "about blow jobs," Air has never shied from the seductive. With their slow-burning electronic grooves, the French duo of Nicolas...

Pillow talk and pillow fights

Published March 8, 2007

Hey, cats, listen up. You're invited to a pajama party of epic proportions, dig? Lace up your lingerie, bring your beau or bird, and get ready to cut a rug! First, the straight facts: WHO: The West Bank...

Religion becomes electric

Published March 8, 2007

Good evening, my children. My name is Win Butler, and I am joined tonight by my wife Régine Chassagne and our seven (or eight, or nine, depending on whether we're feeling particularly brotherly)...

The Pope who cried witch

Published March 1, 2007

If for some reason you haven't yet heard about "The Pope and the Witch" and its upcoming University Mainstage run, give it a Google and you'll likely find scores of people trying to tell you how to feel...

Like a deer in psychedelic-lights

Published March 1, 2007

OK, fine. For all the toil and trouble that went into completing the album "Cryptograms," Deerhunter can have a generous A for effort. Deerhunter ALBUM: "Cryptograms" LABEL: Kranky Records The Atlanta...

Three-chord trinity

Published February 22, 2007

Portland post-pop punk outfit The Thermals want to teach you how to fight fascism in three chords or less, and "The Body, The Blood, The Machine" is their instructional, and far more liberating, alternative...

I should’ve shot Andy Warhol

Published February 22, 2007

There is a scene toward the end of "Factory Girl" where former Andy Warhol-deemed "It Girl" Edie Sedgwick, now impossibly doped up and watching her fame tick-tock well past its 15 minutes, phones an art...

Dorm elevator music

Published February 15, 2007

Undoubtedly one of The Shins' biggest strengths is their ability to conjure up and offer an overwhelming sense of solace and intimacy, especially within the sharp-edged boundaries of pretentious, skeptical...

Twice around the bloc

Published February 15, 2007

Despite the myriad of comparisons that suggest otherwise, Bloc Party is not punk. They're not really post-punk, either. Even after they were inevitably shot down and tagged with the "younger, hipper Gang...

A frown turned upside down

Published February 8, 2007

During her recent Saturday Night Live performance of sudden smash hit "Smile," UK popster Lily Allen did anything but. Lily Allen ALBUM: "Alright, Still" LABEL: Capito In fact, she was downright awkward....

Don’t get the clap

Published February 8, 2007

When Clap Your Hands Say Yeah achieved surprising popularity from the release of their 2005 self-titled debut, it wasn't from some huge major-label deal (or the smothering mass marketing that inevitably...

Melancholy, hopefully not infinite sadness

Published February 1, 2007

Under normal, more fabulous circumstances, Of Montreal ringleader Kevin Barnes would poo-poo confessional, introspective music of any kind. The cross-dressing, falsetto-boasting maestro has always favored...

Walking on broken glass

Published February 1, 2007

Before he mastered the art of the Southern Gothic storytelling style and penned Pulitzer Prize-winning greats like "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof," legendary American playwright...

So-So Deaf All-Stars

Published January 25, 2007

Judging by the droning grindcore sludge of St. Paul outfit The Deaf's debut album "This Bunny Bites," it's not unfair to assume the three members could very well be self-important, self-destructing metalheads,...

Why can’t we be friends?

Published January 25, 2007

For those familiar, it generally seems there are two types of reactions to the band Deerhoof: those who savagely adore the group, who see their magically bizarre brand of art rock as some of the greatest...

Holly, jolly and gay Christmas

Published December 7, 2006

Three priorities consume Daniel Hennagir's life. "My partner, my job and the chorus," said an AT&T collections agent by day, and 11-year member of the Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus by night. "I never...

Desperate housewife

Published November 30, 2006

At a time when every other photographer (including her own husband) wanted merely to photograph housewives or pin-ups, Diane Arbus offered abrasive, intimate portraits of society's strange. From drag queens,...

Round about midnight

Published November 22, 2006

For the sleepy family audience filing out of a late screening of Jerry Bruckheimer's swashbuckling blockbuster cheese "Pirates of the Caribbean 2," stumbling upon a seven-foot tall transvestite lounging...

Bilbo Baggins seeks revenge

Published November 16, 2006

In the psych-folk class of 2004 that included popular kids like Devendra Banhart and Animal Collective, Joanna Newsom seemed more likely to be voted "Sprightly Elfin Girl With Harp," or "The Twee Fairy...

Double-sided brat

Published November 9, 2006

Columbia Records should have known what they were in for. When they first signed ivory-tickling chanteuse Nellie McKay back in 2003, she was a bored, precocious Manhattan School of Music dropout and former...

A room without a view

Published November 2, 2006

Victorian-era Norway was certainly not the proper setting for bra (or, in this case, corset) burning. To some, Henrik Ibsen may be remembered as just another dead guy everyone had to trudge through in...

Test tube pop

Published October 26, 2006

After a handful of years tending to various test tubes under the Blow moniker, Portland pop chemist Khaela Maricich has finally mixed the perfect formula. Her 2002 debut "Bonus Album" found Maricich crooning...

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