• Blogs

    January 10, 2013

    This 1941 Women's Magazine's Actual Lead Article: "Women Talk Too Much"

    On Thursdays your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from thrift stores, estate sales, and flea markets. The Woman magazine Date: December, 1941 Publisher: Farrell Publishing, Chicago Discovered at: A junkshop in Kokomo, Indiana The Cover Promises: T ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    July 11, 2012


    Best Coast play Terminal 5

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2012

    The Beach Boys' "Kokomo": The Musical And Personal Horrors

    This month, to celebrate the Internet's unbridled love for wallowing in nostalgia and even greater relishing of talking about why certain cultural artifacts are horrible, Sound of the City presents First Worsts, a series in which our writers remember the first time... they ever hated a song enough t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2012

    Live: The Beach Boys Bring The (Mostly) Good Vibrations To The Beacon

    The Beach Boys Beacon Theater Wednesday, May 9 Better than: You were almost definitely expecting. Yes, John Stamos introduced them. And, yeah, they filed onstage, called out one by one by their bandleader in true showbiz style while the backing musicians—twice as many as original members&# ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2012

    Nine Starting Points For A Beach Boys YouTube Wormhole

    Beach Boys YouTube wormholes can take many paths, from sunshine-draped reveries to sudden decisive turns towards the seriously depressing. But no clickbait-enhanced listicle of questionable Mike Love sartorial/dance/aesthetic moves, horrifying Brian Wilson zombie moments, made-for-TV movies, or John ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    Q&A: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. On Detroit, Mike Love's Yacht, And Their Google Juice

    ​At first glance, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. might seem like a gimmick--two guys in racing suits capitalizing on a name-brand stock-car-racing dynasty. Upon listening, however, it's clear their particular type of indie pop is anything but a stunt; the Detroit duo of Josh Epstein and Daniel Zott co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    More Bad Playbills For Rotten Shows: The Final Batch

    ​ I watch them so you don't have to--and I even keep the Playbills. This time, I'm serving you some Dance of the Vampires, the toothless musical with the immortal production number about garlic (which appropriately reeked).

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2009

    Who's Your Favorite 'All That Chat' Regular?

    ​If you're a true-blue theater queen with a home subscription to Playbill, you religiously read ATC, the wildly amusing message board on, to learn about how Matthew Broderick flubbed a line or I offended someone on Theater Talk. And you quickly notice that there are regular ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2008

    Live: Adam Green and Lissy Trullie Cover Biz Markie at Santos

    Adam Green and Lissy Trullie Santos Party House November 18 "We can just do 'Kokomo,' man," said ex-Moldy Peach Adam Green, right at the end of his act at Santos Party House late last night. With that, he discarded his guitar, informed the crowd that they were "barbarians," and flung himself into t ... More >>

  • Music

    October 16, 2007

    Micro-Cosmic Thing

    Black Dice remain willfully obtuse, but at least they're more playful now

  • Music

    September 21, 2004

    Wilsonian Democracy

    Musical genius and his brain trust bring his legendary lost masterpiece into the present

  • News

    March 16, 2004

    Day by Day, Death by Death

    A Chronology of U.S. Military Fatalities Since 'Mission Accomplished,' Part I

  • News

    January 20, 2004

    Howard Dean, Internet Rock Star

    The Screamin' Dean Remix