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The Shape of Noise to Come

Iannis Xenakis La legende d’Eer (The Legend of Er) (Montaigne) By Jim Dorling They say the squeaky wheel gets the oil, but that only goes so far in explaining the surges of interest over the last two decades in a rock subgenre variously known as noise, hard noise, industrial noise, power electronics, and no wave. […]

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Newberry Consort

NEWBERRY CONSORT Music from the distant past deemed worthy of scholarly investigation and revival tends to be either sacred or courtly–works originally written and performed for the elite. The focus of the Newberry Consort’s season opener, however, is on the popular music of Paris in the late 1400s and early 1500s, when a thriving professional […]

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Just Short of Freedom

Ornette Coleman Sound Museum–Three Women Sound Museum–Hidden Man (Harmolodic/Verve) By Peter Margasak Most discussion of the two new Ornette Coleman recordings has focused on the presence of piano, and understandably so: apart from the insignificant keyboard presence on last year’s Tone Dialing, Coleman has steered clear of piano since 1958–the year of both the legendary […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Stories Road trips: In July fed-up citizens of Medford, Oregon, installed their own professional-looking–but illegal–speed bump on a street where residents had long complained to local authorities about speeding. In the same month a city official in Culemborg, Netherlands, put six sheep on a busy road at rush hour in order to slow down […]

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Painter Julian Schnabel’s feature is a biopic about Jean-Michel Basquiat (Jeffrey Wright), a black graffitist in New York who became famous in 1981 and died seven years later. Art critic Robert Hughes titled his obituary for Basquiat “Requiem for a Featherweight,” and part of what’s so interesting and unexpected about this picture is that it […]

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Paradise Lost

A fascinating, revealing, and deeply disturbing–if highly imperfect–documentary feature by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, codirectors of the excellent Brother’s Keeper, about the trials and convictions resulting from the brutal murder and mutilation of three eight-year-old boys in West Memphis, Arkansas. Most of what we see persuades us that two teenage boys have been convicted […]

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Polish Film Festival

The eighth annual Polish Film Festival continues through Sunday, September 29, at the Gateway Movie Theater in the Copernicus Foundation building, 5216 W. Lawrence. Unless otherwise stated, all films are shown with English subtitles. Tickets are $6. For more information call 486-9612. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 The Sword From the Commander A 1995 parable about a […]

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Savage Love

Hey, Faggot: I need your help fast! I am going overseas to visit my lover, whom I have not seen for four months. We are deeply in love and when we get together we are going to hump like bunnies! The problem is that, for a variety of reasons too complicated to go into, we […]

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SEBADOH No one was supposed to like Sebadoh, a “project” started by Lou Barlow in 1988 before he was tossed unceremoniously out of Dinosaur Jr; he and cofounder Eric Gaffney did everything they could to guarantee that, designing their erratic, sloppy, noisy performances as endurance tests for audiences. But Barlow’s folky sense of melody and […]