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Chris Abani's Vehicle for Hope

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 13, 2012
The theme of The Mercantile Library’s Harriet Beecher Stowe Lecture series is “writing to change the world.” Few writers live up to that idea better than Chris Abani, who was imprisoned in his native Nigeria after the publication of his first novel, 1985’s Masters of the Board.
  

’Yards Sail

Merrill Garbus’ worldly musical curiosity and theatrical background inform tUnE-YaRdS

1 Comments · Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Started as a one-woman project in 2006 by New England native Merrill Garbus, tUnE-YaRdS is set apart via its meld of Appalachian Folk (ukulele being the most obvious signifier) and numerous African elements, none more visceral than Garbus’ versatile vocal delivery, which alternates between low-key crooning, honest-to-goodness yodeling and full-on wailing.  

2012 Summer Film Preview

Typical sequels dominate the summer slate, but smaller festival favorites offer hope

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The visions are as fresh as the day they entered my impressionable head. As a child weaned at the entertaining teat of 1980s blockbusters like Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Ghostbusters and Back to the Future, I have a soft spot in my movie-snob heart for a good summer popcorn movie.  

Marley (Review)

Reggae legend is straightforwardly rendered in this fascinating documentary

0 Comments · Thursday, May 3, 2012
Why does Bob Marley — the man and his music — still resonant more than 30 years after his death? That’s a question director Kevin MacDonald tries to unpack in this straightforwardly rendered, often fascinating documentary about the Reggae legend.   

Damsels in Distress (Review)

Whit Stillman’s much-anticipated film arrives with the writer/director’s singular voice intact

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Whit Stillman creates a place that seems hermetically sealed off from the rest of the world — cinematographer Doug Emmett notably bathes the proceedings in unnaturally bright light — a place that posits the major problem in contemporary social life as “the tendency to always seek someone cooler than yourself” without a whiff of irony.  

Enigmatic For the People

Annie Clark: Not your average ‘suburban-middle-class-American weirdo’

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 1, 2012
St. Vincent’s music is rife with contradictions. Take the first song on the outfit’s most recent album, last year’s Strange Mercy, which opens with this vague but provocative imagery, delivered by Annie Clark — the band’s 29-year-old creative ringleader.   

A Combo Platter

With Tramp, evolving singer/songwriter Sharon Van Etten opens up to collaboration

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Sharon Van Etten began winning admirers with a pair of intimate, soul-bearing albums — 2009’s Because I Was In Love and 2010’s Epic — that explored love gone bad via a voice that was so big and expressive and sad-sounding that one feared for the woman from which it was emanating.   

Film: The Hunter

0 Comments · Monday, April 16, 2012
Is there a more underappreciated American actor than Willem Dafoe? The 56-year-old Wisconsin native has been in more than 75 movies since his breakthrough roles in To Live and Die in LA and Platoon.  

Sleepy Sun with White Hills

April 18 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Friday, April 13, 2012
 Sleepy Sun has evolved from precocious northern California Psychedelic upstarts to seasoned veterans in the time it takes some bands to inhale a single bong hit. Coalescing in 2008, the Santa Cruz, Calif., crew moved to their genre of choice’s creative and spiritual birthplace, San Francisco, and quickly dropped a pair of well-received albums.
  
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Sandro Perri Q&A

Multitalented Toronto-based musician plays MusicNOW Thursday

{CommentsCant} · Wednesday, March 28, 2012
An avalanche of adjectives comes to mind when listening to the music that has spilled from the boundless mind of Sandro Perri over the last dozen years. The multitalented Toronto native has immersed himself in everything from Jazz guitar to ambient-driven Electronic Dance music (under the moniker Polmo Polpo), has worked on film scores, collaborated with like-mindedly adventurous sonic sculptors o...