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And Then There Were None

Written by Jerry Portwood on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Just when you thought that the alt media couldn’t get anymore corporate, it goes and swallows more of its own. It was just announced that Creative Loafing Inc. acquired longtime independent papers, Chicago Reader and Washington City Paper. It’s a surprise to some of us since there had been major rumblings that Creative Loafing (which [&hellip
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The Decemberists Put NYC To Sleep, In A Good Way

Written by Jerry Portwood on . Posted in Music, Posts



Maybe it’s just the fact that there’s trees around. It certainly can’t be the uncomfortable Astroturf over concrete. Whatever it is, Central Park SummerStage seems to bring out the uninhibited kid in New Yorkers.

It was earlier this week, before the rain (although it threatened to dampen spirits) and steam explosions and we were all there to have a good time at Rumsey Field. After Land of Talk left the stage and Grizzly Bear did their hippie gay thing (really we needed a little more patchouli and maybe some ‘shrooms to make all of that work), the sun began to set and The Decemberists came out. It’s still surprising that Colin Meloy has managed to turn wordy songs with references to vagabonds, pirates and literary nomenclature into such a crowd pleaser, but it works. And much of the credit goes to the band’s enthusiasm and unpretentious nature on stage. They seem to be happy to be up there and enjoy putting on a rollicking performance.

But during the encore, when he managed to put everyone “to sleep”—starting with the band, who literally collapsed on the stage—and convinced the hundreds to also cop a squat on that unforgiving turf during “The Chimbley Sweep,” Meloy’s true charisma and power were fully realized.

It was one of those crazy moments that people tell their friends about later. “You should have been there, everyone really got down on the ground!” But those moments don’t have to be rare. Tomorrow night Neko Case takes over the same stage for a free show, and even when she’s not with her New Porno pals, she knows how to have a good time. But we’ll just have to wait and see if she gets the kiddies walking around in circles til they’re crazy during “The Tigers Have Spoken.” We can hope, can’t we?

Click here to see more photos of The Decemberists and Grizzly Bear

Photos courtesy of Jonny-Leather
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In (Solar) Situ

Written by Jerry Portwood on . Posted in Posts

Sure, last weekend we got the overblown, over-hyped popfest for the environment, and yeah, Live Earth may have attracted 2 billion+ people (we’re still trying to figure out how that number was actually calculated—mommies and daddies in front of the TV) to pay attention for a day to a slew of bands in the name [&hellip
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Splasher

Written by Jerry Portwood on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Perhaps you don’t know about the Splasher, the infamous "art critic" who goes around defacing all that valuable graf art. Well New York magazine certainly expected everyone to know and care when they published the extended 6,000+ word story that tracked the elusive street art bomber. And now there’s more purported info on the splasher [&hellip
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Homo History

Written by Jerry Portwood on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

It’s the big gay pride weekend. So here’s a public service announcment from our friends  at The Stranger over on the Left Coast: just in time for your weekend reading pleasure, enjoy Eli Sanders’ "The Comprehensive, Unabridged, and Completely Indispensable Guide to Everything a Queer Person Needs to Know About Queer History from the Dawn [&hellip
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