Down in Alphabet City, I'm waiting for White Magic to appear. Voted Best New Band in these pages in 2004 (and making critics' lists elsewhere) based on one EP, the then trio promptly disappeared. Standing near one of the neighborhood's innumerable parks, looking for what's since become a duo (singer-pianist Mira Billotte and guitarist Sleepy Douglas Shaw), I stare at a nearby "relaxation garden," smiling at the dangling papier-mâché butterflies and stuffed songbirds, before I suddenly... More >>>