12 years ago
On Carnabailito, Gaby Kerpel moves into the culturally and technologically hybrid neighborhood settled by Chicano Latin Playboys, Brazilian Tom Zé, and French-Catalan Manu Chao. A New York-based Buenos Aires native, Kerpel created the ritua...
13 years ago
When I lived in London in the post-swinging '60s, the Indian-run cornershop that would inspire an indie band's ironic name was far from a fixture. My own neighborhood didn't have one, for example. In those years, the stereotypical immigrant from t...
14 years ago
With dissent looking dangerous in a nation suddenly too unified for its own good, the unlikely saga of the Plastic People of the Universe, the Czech art-rock band who fought the law and the law lost, seems timelier in Jana Chytlová's made-f...
15 years ago
For Lou Reed and Patti Smith, old heroes with new product, maturity's not exactly a breaking story. Lou's goes back 18 years to The Blue Mask, and while Patti's official seniority starts in 1995, when the androgynous poet turned widowed mother ret...
17 years ago
In certain kinds of boy's music, a touch of repression, of uncool, of uptightness, life not on the edge, can cut its own mysterious groove. Even Dave Brubeck's collegiate jazz had some buzz just because he had the nerve to look (and sound) so squa...
18 years ago
On Thanksgiving night, trailing a history of British blues, Christian dropouts, pop megasuccess, marital breakups, personal breakdowns, solo breakaways, and this year's reunion, megatour, and surprise-hit live CD, Fleetwood Mac found their way bac...