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Why Do It?

The DVD “A Skin, A Night” accompanies the release of the National’s EP The Virginia. The band’s “Fake Empire” was one of my favorite singles last year despite its dour […]

OffBeat contributor on Outkast

Perfect Sound Forever turned over its editorial chores to critic Robert Christgau, who selected work from his students at Princeton, where he teaches Cultural Criticism. OffBeat contributor Drew Hinshaw was […]

A Look Ahead to Voodoo?

Nate Chinen reviewed the reunited Stone Temple Pilots’ show in New York City on Sunday. Although I hope for the best, he perfectly described my long-time feeling about the band: “The […]

Horses & Masters of Reality

I hoped Philip Shaw’s Horses (Continuum) would help me get closer to Patti Smith’s debut album. Only “Gloria” and “Land” delivered the wild and dangerous art that her early 1970s press […]

The Sound of Percolation

Today I’m trying to get through some recent electropop CDs of one stripe or another, all of which entertain me. Sally Shapiro: Remix Romance Vol. 1 and 2 (Paper Bag): Swedish dance pop […]

Last Call for This Year’s Jazz Fest

I’ve done all the post-Fest writing I’m going to do, and our Jazz Fest wrap-up will appear in the June issue (due out later this week). But writer Larry Blumenfeld has […]

Dr. Michael White an NEA Heritage Fellow

Yesterday, traditional jazz clarinetist and educator Dr. Michael White was awarded an NEA Heritage Fellowship. He is the eighth Louisianan to receive this recognition since 2000. In 2001, Boozoo Chavis was named a […]

Chris Thomas King’s blues

I reviewed Chris Thomas King’s Live on Beale Street for our upcoming issue, and it reminded me of everything great and perplexing about King. The less he tries to seem […]

Best Band?

After seeing the New Orleans Bingo! Show twice in the last few weeks, I wonder if it isn’t the best band in town right now. I didn’t see anybody inspire a […]

Incomprehensible in All Formats

I’m entertained by Coheed and Cambria, but I have no idea what the songs are about, much less the story the collectively tell. I recently read The Amory Wars: The […]