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2010 Stories by Rob Harvilla

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  • Warpaint Wallow Exuberantly

    published December 8, 2010

    Warpaint live is a disconcerting experience. They're smiling! The bass player is dancing (and wearing overalls)! People in the crowd are... More >>

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    Best Of NYC: Worrying About Nicki Minaj

    published October 20, 2010

    We’ve fallen in love with stupendously bizarre Queens rapper Nicki Minaj in our own way—each of us with our own customized trigger.... More >>

  • Queens of the Stone Age's Super Sad True Love Story

    published August 11, 2010

    It is, objectively speaking, the best opening track of the past decade, any record, any genre; it is a list of drugs. The lyrics to "Feel Good... More >>

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    The Arcade Fire Get Serious

    published August 4, 2010

    I wish the new Arcade Fire record were funnier. The Canadian arena-rockers (yes, arena-rockers! Two shows at Madison Square Garden this week!... More >>

  • Gary Shteyngart Writes Another Smelly Book

    published July 27, 2010

    Gary Shteyngart's Super Sad True Love Story tries to be many things—tragicomic 1984 update, poignant May-December romance... More >>

  • M.I.A. Is Mad at You

    published July 13, 2010

    The gulf between how much fun it is to talk about M.I.A. and how much fun it is to actually listen to M.I.A.'s music has stretched into a... More >>

  • Big Boi Is Not Too Artsy

    published July 6, 2010

    Big Boi's Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty is out this week. Seriously. You can hear it and buy it and everything. For... More >>

  • The Brilliant Stupidity of The-Dream

    published June 29, 2010

    "What rhyme with 'asshole'? Asshole." Thereby does Terius Nash, a/k/a deliciously absurd r&b semi-superstar The-Dream, deliver the best... More >>

  • Laurie Anderson Doesn't Have Any Answers

    published June 22, 2010

    "You know the reason I really love the stars?" asks Laurie Anderson, in the electronically treated, increasingly resigned baritone alter-ego... More >>

  • A People's History of Summer Jam 2010

    published June 8, 2010

    Summer Jam, Hot 97's annual hip-hop bacchanal, this year infiltrated New Meadowlands Stadium for a mercifully not-tornado-besotted Sunday... More >>

  • The Planet-Obliterating Joys of Sleigh Bells

    published May 18, 2010

    Alexis Krauss customarily sheds several spandex-based layers while onstage with her pulverizingly loud Brooklyn electro-rock duo, Sleigh Bells,... More >>

  • The Hold Steady Age Gracefully

    published May 4, 2010

    You have to remember: The Hold Steady were wizened, wistful veterans when they started. Frontman Craig Finn, fresh off a bruising stint... More >>

  • The Eerie Relief of Sam Amidon

    published April 27, 2010

    "We'll do an old murder ballad," announces Sam Amidon with laconic good cheer, acknowledging our demand for an encore. It's an early April... More >>

  • On Green Day's Vivid, Lurid, Somewhat Vapid American Idiot Musical

    published April 20, 2010

    Fuck-fuck-fuck-fuck-fuck, goes the Green Day musical. Fuck this, fuck that, fuck me, fuck you. Like mall-punk Mamet. The 10-pound curse words... More >>

  • The Gleeful Self-Sabotage of MGMT

    published April 13, 2010

    So MGMT, a couple years after a gold record, a handful of legitimately stupendous electro-pop singles, involuntary inclusion in several... More >>

  • Erykah Badu, In Love

    published March 30, 2010

    You'll get over it, your initial disappointment that Erykah Badu's New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh, daffy title aside, is not... More >>

  • The Resurrection of Alice in Chains

    published March 16, 2010

    Let's quickly dispense with the super-ugly aspects of Alice in Chains' nearly 25-year career arc; this will require harkening back to the... More >>

  • SXSW Cheat Sheet 2010

    published March 9, 2010

    So South by Southwest is upon us again, whereupon thousands of fledgling bands (and this year, for some reason, Stone Temple Pilots) descend... More >>

  • Welcome Back, Mr. Riffer: Sam Lipsyte's The Ask

    published March 2, 2010

    Sam Lipsyte's corrosive, obscene, unpleasantly hilarious The Ask is a novel full of morally unsound, spiritually beleaguered New Yorkers... More >>

  • John Mayer Shuts Up and Sings

    published March 2, 2010

    John Mayer, in person, is startlingly handsome, until he opens his mouth. Except this time, he is not announcing that his dick is a white... More >>

  • Oh, Yoko Ono

    published February 23, 2010

    Yoko Ono still does that Yoko Ono thing. You know the one. The one that requires italics, or caps lock, or maybe both. She crouches slightly,... More >>

  • Re-Surrender to Jonathan Richman

    published February 16, 2010

    A couple years back, Jonathan Richman released a song called "You Can Have a Cell Phone That's OK But Not Me." It is, like most of his... More >>

  • Yeasayer: The Jam Band Goes Digital

    published February 9, 2010

    New iTunes genre tag: "LOL Brooklyn." New entry under said tag: Yeasayer's Odd Blood, wherein the fanciest of boroughs gets its very own... More >>

  • An Interview With tUnE-yArDs: 'Get People's Attention or Die'

    published February 2, 2010

    Tune-Yards—which, if you're feeling typographically adventurous, you are welcome to render, per her preference, as... More >>

  • Tales From Aventura Land

    published January 26, 2010

    When a guy named Romeo points at your girl, who is sitting right next to you, and purrs, "He can't be your man, 'cause I'm your man,"... More >>

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