Jem Aswad

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  • 12 months ago | Concert Reviews

    Better Than: Watching a great show while actually being inside a constantly shaking can of sardines   For a pop artist -- even one some would condescendingly term an "intelligent" pop artist, as if pop is by nature stupid -- Robyn doesn't rea...

  • 1 year ago | Concert Reviews

    Better Than: A loud-rock band that's actually "into weed and wizards and dragons and shit." Maybe I'm just trying to make myself feel better, but there's something oddly fitting about taking the G-train shuttle bus and then walking eight long aven...

  • 1 year ago | Musicals

    Throughout history, musicals have come with some pretty outrageous premises. But it's safe to say that none before Revolution In The Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter -- a rock musical written by a little-known, reclusive Icelandic songw...

  • 1 year ago | Concert Reviews

    Better Than: Every other multimillion-dollar concert I've seen As someone who suffered through David Bowie's excruciating *Glass Spider* show (when Katy Perry was, er, three years old), I can say with some authority that just because a concert is ...

  • 1 year ago | Concert Reviews

    Better Than: Many of the riot grrrls who inspired them. "Thanks for coming to our matinee," White Lung singer Mish Way said in a voice dripping with sarcasm, as if that were another self-aware punk-rock trope the band were adding to its arsenal. (...

  • 1 year ago | Concert Reviews

    Better Than: A night in with real cartoons -- this show was live-action animation The last night of a good tour feels like a high-school graduation: There are lots of hugs and "We love you guys!," guesting during each others' sets and/or hijinx, w...

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