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  • T Party

    published July 10, 2007

    In the molten crucible of last summer, I stood in the steamy basement of the Cake Shop watching the punk-funk !!! side project Free Blood. I... More >>

  • Cred Sheet

    published July 3, 2007

    poignant video imagery R. Kelly and Usher playing pickup basketball in the "Same... More >>

  • Sailin' On

    published June 26, 2007

    To assess the true character and worth of a concert audience, observe the moshpit. It is the most accurate measure of douche-ocity. Do the sweaty... More >>

  • Beauty in the Beast

    published June 19, 2007

    At My Age, Nick Lowe's fourth straight utterly fantastic sad-sack country record, has a benevolent, whimsical, grandfatherly air that's... More >>

  • Cred Sheet

    published June 12, 2007

    GUILTY PLEASURES Expressing genuine excitement over the upcoming Cake B-sides album. Not generally a sign that you have... More >>

  • TV in the Park

    published June 12, 2007

    It is a temporarily glorious Saturday afternoon in Central Park, and the Frisbee-wielding denizens herein are visibly disturbed by the amorphous... More >>

  • Cred Sheet

    published June 5, 2007

    Poor Graphic Design The New Pornographers' titanic struggle to come up with a halfway-decent album cover. At least this... More >>

  • Doodle on U

    published June 5, 2007

    Most likely by now you have fully absorbed Double Up, the latest chart-topping treatise from crazed/brilliant r&b... More >>

  • Marathon Men

    published May 29, 2007

    It was about 1:30 a.m. Saturday night/Sunday morning in the World Financial Center's Winter Garden, just as the first movement of Brian Eno's... More >>

  • The Main Event

    published May 22, 2007

    No one on earth makes electric bass look more fun to play than Rose Thomson. With two bare hands, she slaps the strings with vicious cartoon... More >>

  • Smurf Attack!

    published May 15, 2007

    The largest, most prominent cymbal on Battles drummer John Stanier's kit stands about seven feet high, towering over everything and everyone:... More >>

  • Cred Sheet

    published May 15, 2007

    EFFECTIVE ADVERTISING Bruce Campbell, in an Old Spice ad, at a grand piano, singing Duran Duran's "Hungry Like the Wolf" while... More >>

  • The National's Anthems

    published May 8, 2007

    No one knew quite how to react Tuesday night when Matt Berninger, frontman for Brooklyn quintet the National, started hopping around maniacally on... More >>

  • Stuff You Need To Know This Week To Avoid Cultural Ostracism

    published May 8, 2007

    SPORTING TRIFLES Yankee Stadium blaring Basement Jaxx's "Where's Your Head At?" during JumboTron blooper... More >>

  • Lowlifes of the High Line

    published May 1, 2007

    Crabby midsong soundman harassment ranks among the worst rock-star offenses, but like so many other unbendable rules, Lou Reed is permitted to... More >>

  • Stuff You Need To Know This Week To Avoid Cultural Ostracism

    published May 1, 2007

    CINEMATIC MASTERWORK Tone Loc's "Funky Cold Medina" figures prominently in the Shrek 3 trailer. Rich Boy's... More >>

  • There, There

    published May 1, 2007

    Rihanna (Ft. Jay-Z) "Umbrella" From Good Girl Gone Bad In the event of inclement weather, by all means seek shelter... More >>

  • Moving (to the Suburbs) in Stereo

    published April 24, 2007

    Ah, MILF. The most loathsome catchphrase in our cultural lexicon. Meme I'd Like to Fuck. I regret, in my capacity as critic and ostensible... More >>

  • Music

    published April 24, 2007

    PERTINENT JOURNALISM Hey, thanks for your detailed Coachella reports, everybody. God dammit, I wasn't there, so who... More >>

  • Axes of Fire

    published April 17, 2007

    Zoologists and rock critics alike have lately observed the sudden glut of panda bands: Panda, the Pandas, the Panda Band, Panda Bear, Panda Watch,... More >>

  • Stuff You Need To Know To Avoid Cultural Ostracism

    published April 17, 2007

    PRESS DARLINGS Glowing Feist profile mania! A veritable Feist feast! Feistmas! The Feistgeist! AWKWARD IM... More >>

  • Yo! YouTube Raps

    published April 3, 2007

    Someone needs to compile a 10-minute YouTube retrospective of "lame white people" scenes in rap videos. Tell me you're not watching this. Who... More >>

  • Stuff You Need to Know This Week To Avoid Cultural Ostracism

    published March 27, 2007

    CINEMATIC MASTERWORK Adam Sandler's profoundly disturbing resemblance to Bob Dylan in Reign Over Me. Though it... More >>

  • Music

    published March 20, 2007

    CINEMATIC TRIVIA The imdb.com headline "Sinbad Dismisses Death Reports." Unconvincing. EXQUISITE SONG... More >>

  • The Power of Soul Compels You

    published March 20, 2007

    As quickly, blithely, and painlessly as possible, let us now dispense with the obligatory SXSW recap. Too much brisket. No vegetables.... More >>

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