When a band doesn't rely on a set list, they often find other ways to communicate on stage during the music. Phish, a band utterly reliant on improvisation, has gotten particularly good at this. In fact, they have created a whole non-verbal language to let its members know what song to go into next. ... More >>
The outdoor crowd of some 6,000 fans in Boise that night in April probably remember a few distinct things about the show they'd come to see. One: It was great. Of course it was. This was Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, after all — the raucous but tight-as-a-drum soul powerhouse fronted by a n ... More >>
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Better Than: "Thinking about dying alone" If you saw Majical Cloudz play before they signed to Matador in February, it probably felt like you were watching an awkwardly mesmerizing high school talent show performance. Perhaps you were used to the Devon Welsh who sits in the back of your history cla ... More >>
Still salty, less wounded
Trevor Powers doesn't really get it. The musician -- who performs under the moniker Youth Lagoon -- caught the ink of critics back when his debut record, The Year in Hibernation, was released in late 2011. The album is a sprawling, introspective sonic and lyrical examination of crippling anxiety. P ... More >>
Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>
We hope you had a nice Thanksgiving and if you went shopping the next day you weren't trampled. You may have heard that President Obama got some grief from conservatives for failing to mention God in his Thanksgiving proclamation. But for our rightblogger subjects, this was not the worst outrage of ... More >>
Mark GhuneimYouth Lagoon Mercury Lounge November 15 Better Than: Sitting at home waiting for Questlove's predictions about OWS to come true. Before Youth Lagoon's set at the Mercury Lounge, I had tried to describe the Boise, Idaho native's music to a friend by saying that his debut album Th ... More >>
The best of the 2010-2011 Off-Broadway theater season
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Last weekend rallies were held in all 50 states in support of the teachers' union in Wisconsin. And at the Wisconsin state capitol, at least 70,000 people came out on Saturday to protest Governor Walker's attempt to break the union. Sounds like a big deal, right? Hundreds of thousands of people tur ... More >>
Which of these represents the true future of pizza? The fastidious cone ($5.90) or the sloppy slice ($2.50)? You decide... Just this afternoon I found myself standing in a long line that snaked out the door of a new pizza parlor opposite the Empire State Building. When I say new, I mean rea ... More >>
If you're a fan of any college football team except the Alabama Crimson Tide, tonight should be a good time to catch up on the holiday movies. In the Bowl Championship Series national title game in Pasadena, the number one-ranked Tide is favored over the number two-ranked Texas Longhorms by 3 ... More >>
Downtown HEADS for the hills!
Rightbloggers had a big project last week: A series of "tea parties" across the country to protest Obama and his stimulus bill, inspired by comments by CNBC's Rick Santelli (and, it has been suggested, by some rightwing pressure groups). The results were not a great success, at least in the ob ... More >>
SXSW 2009: the sound of a thousand Babydick jokes cracking. Full list, with arbitrarily bolded highlights, below.
Your own private Idaho. When you can no longer afford even a night out in Boise, Idaho, your country's in deep financial trouble. In a clever immorality tale about 21st century capitalism, the Wall Street Journal tells us this morning that people in the Intermountain West are having to give up m ... More >>
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