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Witch-house lightning rods Salem return with newfound purpose

Salem seemed briefly ubiquitous in 2010, but history has been kinder to this midwestern electronic trio than anyone would’ve predicted from their rapid rise and equally rapid dismissal. That’s largely due to timing. The members of Salem—vocalists and producers Jack Donoghue, John Holland, and Heather Marlatt—fused narcotized, chopped-and-screwed hip-hop to even drowsier dance music, and […]

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A Night in Havana: Dizzy Gillespie in Cuba

For viewers (and listeners) who feel that the great Dizzy Gillespie didn’t receive his due in Bird, this conventionally made but charismatic and enjoyable documentary by John Holland about the jazz trumpeter’s concert in Cuba, occasioned by the fifth International Jazz Festival of Havana, goes a long way toward making up the difference. Gillespie’s personality […]