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Gig Report: The Antlers in Brooklyn, 3/30/19: Death and Rebirth

The church of the First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn Heights is a neo-gothic beauty; its vaulted ceilings rise in smooth organic lines like the bones of a long-abandoned ribcage, setting the stage for a night of lingering in the… Continue Reading →

The Mysteries and Intrigues of the Phoebe/Conor Cash-Grabbin’ Community Center

Who can remember all the way back to January 24th of 2019?  Was it sunny? Stormy? Ominously without weather?  Unknown; HOWEVER, as has been written in the fading pages of history, there was a sudden surprise Thursday album drop. A… Continue Reading →

Release Day 2/22/19: A Loving Retrospective

For those of us who were SO OVER the releases from February 15th, there could be no remedy to our suffering other than the glorious arrival of Friday the 22nd: NEW RELEASE DAY! Like the delivery of a pristine stack… Continue Reading →

An Extra Nichey 2018

Now, with a whole day’s perspective, it’s time for me to look back at 2018 with clear and focused eyes! All of the secrets have been revealed… All of the mysteries, UNLOCKED, by the swift passage of time!  Or I… Continue Reading →

The Ancients Still Speak: Gig Report from The Lantern Tour at Town Hall, 10/28/18

Their hair was white or missing altogether, their steps were uneven and precarious, their faces scrunched in the concentrated effort of maintaining verticality, but the old and seemingly cantankerous crowd climbing the elderly’s version of Everest up Town Hall’s balcony… Continue Reading →

Music Review Review: Pitchfork Needs to Chill Out By Actually Listening to Mutual Benefit

Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan, I really didn’t want to do this. There’s so much negativity floating around the world right now; we should be posting nothing but shiny happy posts.  But, y’know, one morning I was enjoying my office tupperware full of Barbara’s… Continue Reading →

Low Ratings: A Dive into the Double Negative

There’s a vocal passage in “Tempest”, the fourth song on Low’s newest album, Double Negative, that carves out a beautiful place inside my head, a glimmering crack in an infinite rough and jagged cavernous geode. Its melody can live there… Continue Reading →

Grayson Haver Currin on the State of His Art (with an Appearance by Gabriel Kahane)

Grayson Haver Currin reviewing a Gabriel Kahane album might just be the rare case of the reviewer being equally as well-known as the reviewed. After all, GHC, along with his wife Tina, are a fair degree of Internet Famous for… Continue Reading →

Invest in The Family Crest – The War: Act I

Lately, choosing a movie to see in the theater has become a value-based decision. Not in a matinee-price-vs-primetime-price kind of way, but in terms of the viewer’s value system. A number of movies this year have been cash-stormed through a… Continue Reading →

We Critique Music Critics: Pitchfork Hates Luluc, But Why?

For those many, many souls not in The Know, Luluc are a gentle Australian duo who play über-low-key tunes with a peaceful hippy-hint of the winter of ’69 canyon sound. It’s a thoroughly relaxing listening experience, and it really, really… Continue Reading →

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