April 19, 2016 |
The world can seem like a pretty bleak place some days, but we do live in a time when the Feelies tour regularly. After guitarist and co-founder Bill Million decamped for Florida in 1991, it seemed as if the book had been shut for good on the influential - if never huge-selling - pride of Passaic County, N.J. Rumors were that even Million's erstwhile bandmates didn't know how to get in touch with him. But at the urging of Sonic Youth - just...
April 16, 2016
Songhoy Blues Most of the bands who have brought North African desert blues to the U.S. in recent years - Tinariwen, Terakaft, and Tamikrest, to name three - are of the Tuareg ethnic minority. The musicians in Songhoy Blues are Songhoy people who in 2012 fled persecution from jihadists in Timbuktu to relocate to the music-friendly capital of Bamako in southern Mali. The group, led by Garba Touré, Aliou Touré, and Oumar Touré, who are not related, came to the attention of Western ears after Blur leader Damon Albarn's Africa Express went on a collaboration tour of Mali in 2013.
January 4, 2016 |
Chris Brown Royalty (RCA **) Chris Brown might not be your cup of energy drink, but his last two solo albums - 2012's Fortune and 2014's X - were glorious testaments to outré electro R&B and wickedly eccentric hip-hop. He managed to keep these escapades commercial and catchy with his dynamic vocal prowess and bad-boy charm. But 2015 has been lousy, between the awful Fan of a Fan: The Album with Tyga (blame Tyga: He's blandly terrible) and now Royalty . Named for his year-old daughter (she's on the cover, clinging to Dad's chest)
March 22, 2013
Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside In their showcase set at Antone's at the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas, last week, Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside rumbled like Link Wray while their fishnet-stocking-wearing bespectacled leader declared herself an "Untamed Beast," in the title song to their new album. The Portland, Ore., quartet sport a vintage 1950s look that threatens to pigeonhole them as mere genre revivalist. The same fate threatens other early-rock fetishizing acts like JD McPherson, as well as the untold numbers of suit-and-tie-wearing retro-soul acts roaming stages across the land.
August 3, 2012 |
Question: My wife and I have been together for 16 years, married for 14. We had children late and have two lovely kids. We both never wanted children, and then suddenly she wants a child and I acquiesce, consequently I fall in love with said child. Eventually one child is not enough and we must have another - and do. Now I feel trapped and resentful. I do love our second child, but suddenly really resent my wife. Our love life sucks and is totally up to her. I do try to add romance to our lives with notes, flowers, dinners out; the extra effort seems to matter none.
May 5, 2012 |
If Zac Braff's Garden State was The Graduate for the iPod generation, the Shins' "New Slang" was its "Sound of Silence. " "You have to hear this one song, it will change your life," Natalie Portman beseeched us all in Braff's film. That scene sure changed the Shins' life, for better and for worse — depending on where you stand on the two albums that followed, 2007's winsome Wincing the Night Away and the new Port of Morrow. I like 'em fine, but they sound like the work of a different band from the one that made Oh, Inverted World and Chutes Too Narrow in the early '00s.
March 29, 2012 |
Making your way through the creepy, funky, and inspiring FiberPhiladelphia exhibition "Outside/Inside the Box," in the Crane Arts Building's Icebox Project Space, is unexpectedly affecting. There is a surprising intimacy to these materials that makes the art very direct and personal, and it tends to follow you around throughout your day. And why not? When Brenna K. Murphy is using hair in her art, or Riccardo Berlingeri is transforming burned newspapers (and one hopeful green shoot)
June 12, 2011
Pop Cults (In The Name Of . ) The Brooklyn duo of Madeline Follin and Brian O'Blivion - good name, that - first got attention with a three-song EP early in 2010. So it's taken an eternity in Internet time for the band's self-titled debut, which is the first release on Lily Allen's In The Name Of label, a partnership with Sony Music. So what's the buzz about? For starters, it was the single "Go Outside," which cleverly upped the intriguing factor of a super-catchy, Supremes-flavored, girl-group throwback song by dressing it up with the sampled voice of People's Temple doomsday cult leader Jim Jones.
April 16, 2010 |
When Crazy Rhythms, the Feelies' first album, came out in 1980, it was deeply loved by a small set of devotees, but it fit awkwardly into the pop music landscape of the time. The intricate but minimalist percussion, the interlocking, tightly wound guitars, the understated, undemonstrative vocals - characteristics derived from the Velvet Underground - were anomalies amid the aggressive post-punk and the arty, quirky New Wave that dominated the New York scene that they frequented. But the Feelies albums have held up better than many of their more-popular contemporaries.
January 9, 2010 |
Everything about the little cabaret musical called Have a Nice Life - which has done very well for the evolving Nice People Theatre Company, and is in revival through the weekend - seems 40 years old. It's about six people in a group therapy session and a seventh character, their cloying, naive leader. The all-about-me group therapy sessions that Have a Nice Life depicts were popular in the '60s and '70s, replete with role-playing and other "exercises," as the show's leader calls them, to destroy your inhibited self so you could share all your worst parts.