The Bang on a Can All-Stars ensemble formed in 1992 almost out of necessity. In 1987, composers Julia Wolfe, David Lang, and Michael Gordon inaugurated what would become an annual tradition: the Bang on a Can Marathon, a 12-hour concert meant to explore a vast range of musical styles and build an appreciation for new music. But in the [...]
Posts Tagged ‘Dirty Projectors’
Over the weekend in New York, a bunch of contemporary indie rockers covered a bunch of '80s indie rockers on the 10th anniversary of the release of Our Band Could Be Your Life. Black Flag was covered by Dirty Projectors. Dinosaur Jr. was covered by Wye Oak. Fugazi was covered by...Buke and Gass? Well, OK. [...]
*The New Republic launches The Book, a new blog dedicated to video games! Just kidding. It's about books. And whether or not you agree with Exec. Editor Isaac Chotiner that "the absence of any site for the serious consideration of serious books is also a fact of the web" (hey, Isaac—what about excellent personal [...]
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A sugary sweet cover of a snarling punk anthem is by no means a new concept. But Nouvelle Vague's version of the Dead Kennedys' "Too Drunk to Fuck" is anything but your run-of-the-mill makeover.
U2: "Get on Your Boots"
U2 apparently traveled all the way to Fez, Morocco to work on its forthcoming album No Line on the Horizon, and if "Get on Your Boots" is any indication, they've soaked up plenty of culture. Ethnic percussion, check. Eastern sounding harmonic minor riffs, also check. But there's really no telling [...]
The Dirty Projectors weren't in DC this New Years, but I followed them to Manhattan where they played an all-star show curated by Akron/Family. What better way to usher in 2009 than with Dave Longstreth's prowling stage presence and oscillating vibrato?