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The Mayfest Affair

Ithaca, New York — Come mid-May in the Finger Lakes of central New York the landscape transforms itself as if overnight. Little more than a month ago there was ice…

FIFA’s Music

FIFA’s Music

If forced to choose between a close-range battering from the vuvuzela—the infamous plastic horn that pierced the global eardrum during the last World Cup held in South Africa—and the current…

The Music of Release

The Music of Release

The viral video released this week by the Taliban trumpeting their victory in the five-for-one prisoner exchange that will bring Bowe Bergdahl back to the US to face the court…

The San Francisco JAZZ Center

The San Francisco JAZZ Center

The SF JAZZ Center opened its doors little more than a year ago in San Francisco’s once seedy Hayes Valley, a place now bustling with boutiques and restaurants. Come evening…

The Food Of Love

Patches of snow cling to the muddy earth in the city’s picturesque nineteenth-century cemetery just to our north. Down in the gorge immediately to our south the creek builds momentum…

The Bondage of Bad Taste & the Bottom Line

The Bondage of Bad Taste & the Bottom Line

Rather than heading south with the droves of springbreak-bound students fleeing the endless winter of Upstate New York, I spent a couple hours last week in a local venue at…

Bach Was Never This Buff, Never This Bad

Since medieval Germans attached pedals to their organs way back in the 14th Century, the instrument has been as much a gymnastic apparatus as a tool for musical expression. The…

Carpenter’s Gothic

Carpenter’s Gothic

This past weekend at New York’s Lincoln Center the iconoclastic organ virtuoso Cameron Carpenter unswaddled his restive imagination’s latest brainchild, a year-and-a-half in gestation. Midwife was the firm of Marshall…

Hollywood Space Cadets

There is no more oxygen-hungry corner of the cosmos than Hollywood on Academy Awards night. Consumption of the life-sustaining substance reaches dangerously high levels each year on the first Sunday…

The Kitschy Myths Of Mother Russia

The Kitschy Myths Of Mother Russia

There are two approaches to watching the Olympics—and to listening to them. The first is to sail over the contradictions of the Games like you’ve launched from the ninety-meter jump:…

The Shameless Descent Of Bob Dylan

The Shameless Descent Of Bob Dylan

...the unsavory vision of Bob Dylan sliding into Chevrolet’s latest sedan and gurgling patriotic garbage about American pride above ambient guitar chords…

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