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Pinback

Pinback appeals to emo kiddies and indie-rock oldsters alike: you can hear authentic heartbreak in the band’s melancholy, sculptural melodies, if you have an ear for that kind of thing, or you can take them as proof that these guys have fabulous record collections and know just what to borrow from them. Guitarist Rob Crow […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story The Meow Mix cat food company opened a restaurant for cats and their owners in midtown Manhattan in August, offering a menu pairing varieties of cat food with similar dishes for humans (e.g. mackerel-flavored mix and tuna rolls). And the New York Dog, a 108-page bimonthly magazine, debuted in October, featuring advice from […]

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This Is Our Youth

Kenneth Lonergan’s inexplicably popular 1996 portrait of three disaffected college students meets its match here with a cast comprised of . . . disaffected Columbia College students. After suffering through the reign of George Bush II, the young Hipshot Theatre Company probably has a pretty good sense of what the Reagan administration was about and […]

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Kings of the Sky

Chicagoan Deborah Stratman, who specializes in experimental documentaries, spent four months with tightrope walker Adil Hoxur–cited in the Guinness Book of World Records and the latest descendant of a family of tightrope performers over many centuries–as he and his troupe toured Chinese Turkestan and performed nightly in small villages. Among his biggest fans are fellow […]

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Slayer

Though the band has never enjoyed Metallica’s success or Anthrax’s occasional moments of trendiness, Slayer outstripped its more famous contemporaries long ago through sheer cussed sleeves-rolled determination. Surprisingly, it’s chugged along evilly without attracting much wrath from PMRC types–in the same way that fundies hit J.K. Rowling while ignoring Philip Pullman’s gleeful blasphemies, W.A.S.P. caught […]

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The Lepers of Baile Baiste

With all the news over the past decade about priests sexually abusing young boys, the climactic admission in Ronan Noone’s play is unsurprising. And as we’re waiting for the situation’s full ugliness to be revealed, an uneven cast dulls the drama of discovering the long-term consequences of a priest’s offenses against a classroom of Irish […]

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Sonido Isleno

When I was growing up on Long Island, every town had at least one rock band called the Long Island Sound. In 1996 guitarist and scholar Benjamin Lapidus, who still lives there, founded Sonido Isleno (“Island Sound”), twisting the pun to reflect his interest in Caribbean music. Lapidus focuses on the tres, a small Cuban […]

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Slap at Israelis

Dear Ms. Gronvall: I brought the Reader home with me this evening and proceeded to read through the film descriptions in the film festival guide [October 8]. I was very disturbed by your description of Campfire, because I feel like your personal politics came through in a way that is totally absent from any of […]

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Supersilent

The Norwegian improv quartet Supersilent doesn’t give you much to go on. Its albums and songs have numbers for titles (the lead track on 4, for instance, is “4.1”), and the CD packaging for the last two releases (5 and 6, both on Rune Grammophon) omits any kind of ornament as well as the players’ […]