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  • George Weber found fame in Denver, death in New York City

    published May 7, 2009

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  • Fados at Starz

    published May 7, 2009

    Director Carlos Saura is an elegant stylist with a passion for song and dance that comes through in every frame of Fados, opening... More >>

  • Elvis Perkins tries to move out of the darkness

    published May 7, 2009

    At times, singer-songwriter Elvis Perkins admits, anonymity is more appealing to him than personal acclaim. "I didn't do any singing in... More >>

  • The Virgins

    published May 7, 2009

    No surprise that the Virgins, appearing with Anya Marina and Lissy Trullie, have become New York City's latest candidate for musical celebrity.... More >>

  • Wolves in the Throne Room

    published May 7, 2009

    According to Nathan Weaver, guitarist for Washington-based Wolves in the Throne Room (joined on this bill by Gojira and Krallice), his band... More >>

  • ClobberJaw

    published May 7, 2009

    Great recordings? Easy to review: Just use the enthusiasm the music stirs, and the words take care of themselves. Terrible albums? A snap, too,... More >>

  • The Lady From Shanghai

    published April 30, 2009

    Among the most pleasurable entries in director Orson Welles's filmography are those projects that find him trying to wedge his eccentricities... More >>

  • Crystal Antlers

    published April 30, 2009

    The only thing delicate about the band called Crystal Antlers is its name — and then only just. The music on Tentacles, the first... More >>

  • Vivian Girls

    published April 30, 2009

    The goal of this youthful Brooklyn trio, appearing alongside the Pseudo Dates and Eyes and Ears, probably wasn't to push the buttons of most... More >>

  • Spring Creek

    published April 30, 2009

    This Lyons-based quartet's latest album, which will be celebrated during a May 9 gig at the Boulder Theater (followed by appearances at the... More >>

  • Flick Pick

    published April 30, 2009

    Among the most pleasurable entries in director Orson Welles’s filmography are those projects that find him trying to wedge his eccentricities... More >>

  • The Song of Sparrows at Starz

    published April 23, 2009

    The sophistication and cynicism of the typical film-goer these days means that cinematic simplicity is damnably hard to pull off — but... More >>

  • The Gaslight Anthem

    published April 23, 2009

    Bruce Springsteen has influenced many artists over the years, and not always in a positive way: We have him to blame for the all-too-often... More >>

  • Lady Antebellum

    published April 23, 2009

    Plenty of music-biz tastemakers see Lady Antebellum as the next big country crossover act. So a 2009 Grammy nomination as Best New Artist,... More >>

  • Dan Allen

    published April 23, 2009

    The latest from electrified proto-folkie Dan Allen is a throwback to local recordings that were commonplace during the bad old days, before... More >>

  • Flick Pick

    published April 23, 2009

    The sophistication and cynicism of the typical film-goer these days means that cinematic simplicity is damnably hard to pull off — but... More >>

  • Scandinavian Film Festival at Starz FilmCenter

    published April 16, 2009

    The inaugural Scandinavian Film Festival is a modest affair in terms of numbers — just four films, only one of which is feature... More >>

  • Cameron McGill & What Army

    published April 16, 2009

    McGill's "autobiography" claims that he was born in 1877 and lived in seclusion in Illinois until his death in 2056 — a joke that,... More >>

  • Synthetic Elements

    published April 16, 2009

    The April 2007 review of Standing Still, a previous release by these ska-punkers, declared, "There's nothing new in the band's sound,... More >>

  • Independence Day

    published April 16, 2009

    Not that long ago, mom-and-pop record stores were common – but no more. Today only the strongest continue to survive, and many of them are... More >>

  • Harvard Beats Yale 29-29

    published April 9, 2009

    Even the finest documentarians need great material — and filmmaker Kevin Rafferty's got plenty of it in Harvard Beats Yale... More >>

  • Lily Allen

    published April 9, 2009

    From the moment Lily Allen surfaced on the pop radar, she seemed destined to be a short-lived phenomenon. The daughter of a comedian who came... More >>

  • Mastodon

    published April 9, 2009

    It'll probably take Mastodon fans a while to warm up to Crack the Skye. The band's latest trades some of the brutal crunch associated... More >>

  • Council of Word

    published April 9, 2009

    Danny One Shoe and Deep Rawk Dave, this Council's members, come by their old-school sound honestly. They've been making Mile High hip-hop since... More >>

  • Black Kids' Reggie Youngblood is a product of his contradictions

    published April 9, 2009

    Among the first original songs penned by Black Kids frontman Reggie Youngblood were birthday tributes meant to impress girls who'd gotten a... More >>

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