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Jazz Fest: Plant/Krauss preview

At the Bruce Springsteen set two years ago, a coupld of guys standing near me couldn’t believe that he wasn’t going to do his own songs, and even though the […]

Tribeca Film Festival

For readers in New York City: Faubourg Treme: the Untold Story of Black New Orleans, a recent documentary on the oldest African-American neighborhood in the city, screens at the Tribeca […]

President, Gang Leader or Enforcer?

Last night I heard a soundbite with Hillary Clinton reassuring Pennsylvania voters that she had their backs. Literally. “I’ve got your back; I’ve got all of your backs,” she said. […]

Get to Know Me

DVDs are stacking up like cord wood here, and a couple merit attention. I recently wrote about the Robyn Hitchcock retrospective and how, when it comes down to it, I […]

Throbbing Gristle and the Replacements

I just finished Matmos’ Drew Daniels’ entry in the 33 1/3 series, 20 Jazz Funk Greats. He contemplates the album by industrial music pioneers Throbbing Gristle, and I was left […]


We do too many obits in OffBeat these days (a function of too many people dying), and it’s lousy to read your mail first thing in the morning and find […]

The Desk

Over the course of the last month, CDs have stacked up that I think I care about – at least enough to try to say something about them. Now with […]

New Stuff

The Jazz Fest issue is done, and my soundtrack for it was LCD Soundsystem’s 45:33, Dimitri from Paris’ new mix Return to the Playboy Mansion (particularly his treatment of “Someday […]

EMP Conference notebook dump, pt. 2

The EMP Pop Conference took place last weekend in Seattle, with critics, journalists and academics delivering papers on popular music and popular culture. I was there delivering a paper titled […]

EMP Pop Conference notebook dump pt. 1

The EMP Pop Conference just concluded in Seattle, where I presented a paper, “The First Rule of Hurricanes” – notes on post-Katrina songs. The conference is an odd union of […]