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SXSW Notebook Dump, Day 3

Friday started at Flatstock, a show of poster art at the convention center. The last time I saw it a few years ago, it was dominated by B-movie images – […]

SXSW Notebook Dump, Day 2

Thursday morning, Lou Reed sat for the keynote interview with producer and friend Hal Willner, Willner likely chosen because Reed respected him enough to take his questions seriously. Willner started […]

SXSW Notebook Dump, Day 1

My afternoon started at the Guitartown/Conqueroo party with James McMurtry, whose set illustrated the power of an angry guitar. McMurtry’s songs depict people living in hard times, and they frequently […]

What to Do, What to Do?

I recently reviewed the new Ray Davies album, Working Man’s Cafe, and faced the question of what you say about a new album by an artist who has the sort […]

Oh My Stars

Recently, Robert Christgau weighed in the Maxim/Black Crowes dust-up. According to Maxim writer David Peisner, the piece was only supposed to be a preview, and it was his editors who […]

What I’m Listening to Today

To make OffBeat‘s “Pop Life” more of a dialogue, I’ve temporarily moved it to this site. It’s also easier to write more regularly and spontaneously, more accurately reflecting how and […]

Wilco at Tipitina’s

Tuesday night’s show was typical Wilco; by now I’m not sure there’s much left to say beyond a few beautiful Nels Cline solos that recalled Tom Verlaine with Television. I […]

Hillary on the Daily Show

Hillary Clinton’s appearance on The Daily Show could only have gone worse if there had been an on-screen breakout of the Ebola virus. Let’s count the ways: 1. The fish-eye lens […]

An Interim Solution

I’ve wanted “Pop Life,” my weekly online column at OffBeat.com to be a blog so that it can function as a conversation instead of a pronouncement. Since changes to our […]