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Music: Matisyahu

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Matisyahu, the 29-year old Hassidic jew MC is an artist that thrives on innovation. He sprang into American consciousness in 2004 with his debut album Shake off the Dust… Arise, an intriguing blend of spirituality and raw power. His Torah-inspired lyrics have mainstreamed Reggae, while giving audiences exposure to the dynamism of the Jewish faith. He plays Bogarts with K'naan and Trevor Hall at 8 p.m.  

The Dally Show

A seat-of-the-pants approach has served Wolf Parade well

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I have an issue with procrastination. It governs my life. It perennially serves me with a perpetual cocktail of nervousness, anxiety and frustration for seemingly infinite periods of time.  

Music: Wolf Parade

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 11, 2008
The Indie Pop quintet, Wolf Parade, was formed three weeks before their first performance when frontman, Spencer Krug, was offered a gig playing with fellow Canadian band, The Arcade Fire. Krug and guitarist Dan Boeckner soon began writing songs and working on arrangements. But they didn’t exactly have a working band at that point. Wolf Parade's modus operandi throughout the release of their EPs and LPs has served as an uncommonly acute model for their success. They basically conduct themselves as if they were lackluster graduate-students cramming for a midterm. Wolf Parade plays The Southgate House with Listening Party at 8 p.m.  

Sacked in the City?

TV on the Radio and the existential crisis of popularity

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Popular taste is often cultivated and pruned in New York City. The city ostensibly excretes popular culture into the atmosphere on a regular basis and the rest of the nation invariably adjusts to what Manhattanites inform them is cool. Many of the television shows and movies you watch are filmed in Manhattan.  

He Knows What Funk Is

Getting schooled by Ohio mixmaster Ruckus Roboticus

0 Comments · Thursday, September 25, 2008
Before the public adoration of narcotics. Before the high-profile relationships with B-list actresses. Before his festive, ornithological stage apparel. Manson was described as being well mannered and easy to talk to. He and the rest of the band were respectful and courteous.   

Homo Thugs

Homosexuality is the last taboo of Hip Hop culture

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 23, 2008
As a casual listener of Hip- Hop since the late ‘90’s, a few things have resonated with me. Way back then, homo sexual artists were either non existent, totally closeted and/or intimidated. Then there appeared staunch anti-gay resolves in many artists’ public personas and lyrics, such as early Eminem, Ja Rule, DMX and Common.   

Comic Book Tattoo elaborates graphically on Tori Amos' narratives

1 Comments · Wednesday, August 13, 2008
It's seldom that two parts of my personality are reconciled in one medium, especially the highly questionable parts.  

Slanted humor and deft Indie Pop propel We Are Scientists

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 6, 2008
My collegiate band experience was an exercise in intellectual masturbation. Consisting of only a friend and I, we spent half-hearted weekends loosely constructing songs about skin diseases  

Former Christian music singer Katy Perry rides faux bisexuality up the charts

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Being a gay icon isn't easy. Judging from the tried and true examples of celebrities that have inadvertently amassed grandiose homosexual appeal, it doesn't appear to be all bunnies and sunshine.  

Music: Forever Young?

Growing up (perhaps) with Nashville punkers Be Your Own Pet

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 4, 2008
At midnight on my 21st birthday, I was painfully sober, driving my unequivocally drunk friends from a party in Clifton to a party in West Chester. Somehow, over the sound of my own drink-less rage