Rainbow High

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Music, Theater

Photo credit: Christian Coulson Justin Sayre’s lively concert honors Judy Garland and benefits The Ali Forney Center On Monday night, some of New York’s best and brightest stars stepped out to honor one of their greatest heroes – Judy Garland. The third annual “Night of a Thousand Judys,” taking place at the Merkin Concert Hall at the Upper West [&hellip
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Now Take Them Out, Devils: Caitlin Rose & “Except Rap & Country”

Written by Simon Lazarus Vasta on . Posted in Music

“I like everything except Rap and Country.” God, is there a more phrase as simultaneously innocuous and incendiary as that one? It’s the pop music equivalent of “I’m not racist, but…;” a phrase oft repeated by the woefully underinformed and culturally stagnant when they want to appear more evolved than they actually are. By saying [&hellip
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Now Take Them Out, Devils: The Next Day Introduces Bowie, The Mortal (Part 2)

Written by Simon Lazarus Vasta on . Posted in Arts & Film, Music

Missed part one? Read it here. When The Next Day was announced on Bowie’s 66th birthday, I had long since given up any hope of hearing new material. It was as if a limb I had amputated years ago had suddenly reappeared one morning; the phantom pains I had gone through such lengths to banish merely a [&hellip
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Rolling Their Own

Written by Jay Nordlinger on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Music, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

Maazel, two composers and others acquit themselves In an early January column, I made some recommendations for the rest of the classical music season. I said that Lorin Maazel would be conducting Don Carlo at the Metropolitan Opera. Some performances were bound to be “great,” others could be “humdrum.” You had to “pick your night [&hellip
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Now Take Them Out, Devils: The Marriage of Music & Narrative in the Video Game Bastion

Written by Simon Lazarus Vasta on . Posted in Arts & Film, Music

Recently, when I’m not performing diligent research, sifting through a hard drive’s worth of mp3s, resting my chin in my hands contemplatively and having deep deep thoughts about pop songs for you lovely people, I’ve been playing a video game called  Bastion. It’s a really fun game, but more importantly, it’s a genuinely moving experience. If [&hellip
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Downtown, Then and Now with Marc Spitz

Written by Alissa Fleck on . Posted in Music

spitz A walking tour with a music journalist brings his memoir to life If “raucous” and “intimate” can coexist adroitly, that describes the atmosphere at the release party for Marc Spitz’s new memoir Poseur, an affair tucked cozily away up a staircase at the Lower East Side’s Slipper Room. Everyone here knows each other, laughs heartily [&hellip
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