Posts Tagged ‘The xx’

Arts Roundup: “Do We Really Need a Smurfs Movie?” Edition

The new chairman of the Kennedy Center, financier David M. Rubenstein, told the New York Times that he wants to attract "people who don’t have hair color like mine" (read: young people) to the institution. Also, Democrats and Republicans, preferably at the same time. More: WaPo.
The buzzy, skuzzy, poppy Dum Dum Girls' upcoming cassette-only compilation [...]

Arts Roundup: Bonnaroo, Jack White, and Another Free Willy

Good morning, snowed-in readers.
*The 2010 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival line-up was announced yesterday over a painstakingly long unveiling process. Some of the artists for the four-day Tennessee-based festival include: Kings of Leon (the first band to go from a tent stage to a headliner), Dave Matthews Band, Phoenix, Jay-Z, Norah Jones, The xx, Stevie [...]

Georgia O’Keeffe at the Phillips: The iTunes Visualizer Treatment

It's tough these days to address the work of Georgia O'Keeffe without undue reference to Alfred Stieglitz, or to vaginas. In fact, there are those who claim it can't be done. To these people, we say: sometimes a throbblingly detailed rendering of the reproductive organs of flowers is just a throbbingly detailed rendering of the [...]

Music in Review: Idolating Pitchfork in Maura Johnson’s Absence

After reading my critique of Pitchfork’s P2K: The Decade in Music list in City Paper's Music in Review issue, a friend commented that “sometimes I don't know what's more cliché: reading Pitchfork or complaining about Pitchfork.” Reductionist arguments like that are easy swipes, but they speak to the incessant griping, legitimate or [...]

Clip Job: Five Minimalistic Indie Bands with Soul

Former Black and White Jacksons guitarist Tim George formed Dizzy Spells with Kelela Mizanekristos, and the group's songs can be ethereal and deeply felt or playful and jagged. The band describes itself as "Rock/Americana/Neo-Soul," which is pretty apt, but it ignores the woozy trip-hop sound that's all over "Laser Light." You can stream that song [...]