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The Bravery, (International) Noise Conspiracy

Latecomers to the postpunk boy-band derby, THE BRAVERY have been called calculated and derivative–as if that weren’t the basic job description. Front man Sam Endicott gets singled out in particular, especially for copping moves from Julian Casablancas, but I’m not sure when the Strokes became poster boys for whole-cloth invention–or how JC’s heavily affected drawl, […]

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Criticspeak for “God”

In her review of Schizowave’s upcoming EP, Love [Section 3, September 23], Monica Kendrick says of my friend Lena’s vocals: “her stark, growling drawl is positively castrating.” Jesus, what the hell is wrong with her? I was pretty happy for the band when I heard they got a review in your rag, but now I’m […]

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Tony Takitani

Quiet and subdued but finally heartrending, this Japanese drama by Jun Ichikawa goes bone-deep into its title character, a solitary technical illustrator who fails to comprehend his own piercing loneliness until he falls in love with his young assistant. She turns out to be as emotionally starved as he is, and though caring for her […]

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Local 386

This six-member troupe performs character-driven sketches often rich in observation. They embrace physical comedy, develop varied personas, and explore awkward situations with abandon. A silent scene of passion going painfully awry and a smart but not-so-scary murder mystery are particularly entertaining. But this late-night show isn’t entirely successful. Director Piero Procaccini should have cut the […]

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The feminine mystique doesn’t get much more mysterious than this. Bianca and Sierra Casady, estranged half-Cherokee sisters who began a new life together two years ago, are open secrets: they lay out all the information you could need on Noah’s Ark (Touch and Go), the tender milkmaid melodies adorned with tattered, lacy frills of toy […]

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Lyrics Born, Pigeon John

Most MCs are all about asserting their alpha-male status, but PIGEON JOHN is content to be an omega male. He’s a relentlessly self-deprecating dork, and really he barely even qualifies as a rapper: on Pigeon John Sings the Blues (Basement) he croons more than raps, about the sad state of his Toyota Tercel, his love […]

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Andrew D’Angelo

One of the most mercurial musicians in New York’s jazz scene, reedist Andrew D’Angelo has made a virtue of unpredictability. He knows how to play it (relatively) straight–he’s done stints with Boston groups like Either/Orchestra and Orange Then Blue–but since moving to New York in 1986 he’s expanded his range. He can still swing like […]

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Bebe Miller Company

Bebe Miller’s new evening-length piece, Landing/Place, has its origins in a 1999 trip she took to Eritrea to teach. Nervous before her first class, she became so involved in warming up she failed to notice that a group of 25 dancers had gathered round and were all trying to copy her stretching movements. Startled by […]