January 7, 2005 |
I was never a big Moldy Peaches fan, so I mistakenly ignored Kimya Dawson's solo albums until my friend Anthony urged me to give her another listen. So this weekend I spent some time with Dawson's latest, "Hidden Vagenda" (K Records), and I feel like I made a new friend. Stripped of the Moldy Peaches' hipster schtick, her songs are as intimate and conversational as her online LiveJournal (called "Kimya Dawson Loves You"). When she tells tales of sadness and silliness, love and loss and rock-star dreams, you believe every one of them.
January 18, 2008 |
Along with teen thespian Ellen Page and stripper-turned-screenwriter Diablo Cody, a third woman played a key role in the success of Juno, the hit indie flick about a clever-as-can-be pregnant high school student played with Golden Globe-nominated gumption by Page. The key contributor not seen on screen in Jason Reitman's comedy would be Kimya Dawson, the anti-folk singer whose sweet and smart music dominates the Juno soundtrack, which now sits behind only Alicia Keys' As I Am and Radiohead's In Rainbows as the No. 3 album in the country.
January 7, 2005 |
Critics, as well as your in-the-know hip-hop friends, have been shepherding you toward Jean Grae, but still you go astray. But then, the South African native - a recent guest of the Roots on The Tipping Point - has lent her illness to Talib Kweli, Mr. Len, Masta Ace, and so many others that you may have heard her and not realized it. Her proclivity for guest shots has garnered her the title "cameo queen. " Yet Grae's appearances haven't kept her from being deft on her own projects, the most recent being This Week, a roller-coaster ride of emotions from a week in her life.
January 6, 2003 |
As the intimate, introspective confines of the singer/songwriter genre open to the buoyant and the brusque, the funny and the freakish, folk like David Poe waltz in. While not woolly, raunchy or punkish as alterna-folk practitioners Kimya Dawson or Adam Brodsky, Poe is a wily lyricist and a handsome presence. He sold out Tin Angel on Friday to a crowd of familiar, youngish fans. With only an acoustic guitar - and with tousled hair, black suit jacket, and unknotted skinny tie bringing to mind a hybrid of '60s-Dylan and Ryan Adams - Poe joked through his set about being the "sensitive singer/songwriter type.
April 16, 2004 |
Tonight, Gate to Moonbase Alpha, a monthly celebration of all things interstellar and electronic, is back with Music for Isolation Tanks, space music duo Orbital Decay debuting an original video and music score just for the event, the very Godspeed-like Arkitekchur, Buchla Music Easel wiz Charles Cohen with laptop accompanist Joe Lentini, and performance artist The Great Quentini and oil projectionist David Gerbstadt (8 to midnight at the Rotunda, 4014...
January 30, 2004 |
Here's one surefire way for a musician to get noticed: Write a song about a popular celebrity, and how her fake plastic lifestyle will lead to a tragic downfall. That's exactly what singer-songwriter Adam Green, 23, did with "Jessica," a melancholy, string-laden ode to cream-puff pop singer-cum-reality show star Jessica Simpson "It wasn't like I set out to write a song about some celebrity, and then I picked Jessica Simpson," Green says on the phone from a tour stop in Canada. "I just saw a picture of her in a teen magazine, and later that day I found myself in the middle of writing a song about her. At the time, I thought the lyrics were only placeholders for the melody, so I wouldn't forget it. But as the days went by, I ended up keeping those words.
May 24, 2013
Sun Ra Arkestra It's Marshall Allen's 89th birthday on Saturday, and we're all invited to the party. Allen joined Sun Ra's Arkestra in 1958, and he has led the big band since 1995, following Sun Ra's passing in 1993. The saxophonist and flute player, who still lives in the Sun Ra Residence in Philadelphia, has kept the band active touring, recording new arrangements, and guesting with others (the Arkestra appears on the new album from U.K. band Primal Scream, for one). The band can number up to two dozen players, including bassist Charles Davis, who became part of the Arkestra in 1955 (he turned 80 this month)
May 31, 2013 |
Like vulcanized rubber or a Reese's peanut butter cup, the combination of freak-folk naïveté and verbose alt-rap that makes up the Uncluded's music sounds like the result of a happy accident. Listening to their debut album, Hokey Fright , which was released earlier this month, it feels at first as though Kimya Dawson and Aesop Rock were recording albums in adjacent studios and their songs magically, if imprecisely, aligned. Onstage at World Cafe Live for only their second public performance, Dawson and Aesop, whose real name is Ian Bavitz, were a perfect match, augmenting each other's strengths and offsetting their weaknesses.
June 24, 2005 |
Louder-than-bombs guitar and thundering drums open Sleater-Kinney's "The Woods," their first album in three years, with a new sonic direction that's more Led Zeppelin than Liliput. The three women from Olympia, Wash., harness classic rock's power without its cliches and deliver a unique personal and political statement about everything from nostalgia to domesticity. Even in quieter moments, such as the song "Jumpers," they still shine brighter than ever. Complementing Sleater-Kinney's new sound nicely is opening act Dead Meadow (8 tonight, Trocadero, 10th and Arch streets, $15, all ages, 215-922-LIVE, www.thetroc.
December 14, 2007 |
Juno, a bittersweet 16, is named for the Roman goddess of fertility. Had she time to reflect, the smartmouth might snark that the unusual name foretold that she'd be a "fertile Myrtle," conceiving the first time she had sex. But the Minneapolis high school junior is too busy chugging SunnyD and juggling choices. Abortion? Teen motherhood? Adoption? An improbably endearing comedy about a decidedly unfunny situation, Juno marks the sparkling screenwriting debut of Diablo Cody, the distinctive sophomore effort of Jason Reitman ( Thank You for Smoking )