Small Stages, Marquee Names: Theater Thrives in L.A.
>The Miami Herald, July 12, 2009
In a small theater off a back alley in Santa Monica, the eccentric foibles of the nouveau riche were getting riotously ripped. The play was old -- Moliere's Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (The Bourgeois Gentleman) -- but the ripostes, courtesy of a new translation by Frederique Michel and Charles Duncombe, hit their marks squarely here in the Hollywood shadows during the modern gilded age. Read the story.
Shannon: A Poem of the Lewis & Clark Expedition Review
>Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 12, 2009
In this lyrical epic poem of the American frontier, Campbell McGrath uses a specific story as a springboard for larger ruminations. "Shannon" is based on the historical figure of George Shannon, who, as a teenager, was the youngest member of the Lewis and Clark expedition.
Read the story.
Why Iggy Pop Hates Rock
>Los Angeles Times, June 6, 2009
"Iggy Pop, the shaman of punk, metal, glam and alternative rock, the man known for his baritone howl, scarred chest and unsettling stare, is sick of what the music he helped forge has become. 'Rock is worse than "Kumbaya,"'" Pop said from the art-filled Miami riverfront bungalow he uses as a studio and clubhouse. 'I think it's a terrible form.' Read the story.
Coldplay Live in West Palm Beach
>RollingStone.com, May 18, 2009
"Friday’s opening night of the last leg of Coldplay’s Viva La Vida tour in West Palm Beach was an Olympics-esque spectacle, complete with five orbs dangling over the band’s heads that served as screens for more state-of-the-art camera work." Read the review.
The Journey of the Highwaymen Book Review
>The Miami Herald, May 17, 2009
"In her eminently coffee table-worthy collection of 204 plates, Catherine M. Enns, also a Fort Pierce resident, focuses in part on Alfred Hair. The tragically lost artistic and commercial genius spearheaded a movement of 26 artists who, decades later, became known as Highwaymen, because they sold their works out of car trunks along the byways of South Florida's burgeoning tourism industry. "
Jane's Addiction/Nine Inch Nails Review
>RollingStone.com, May 11, 2009
"Taking the stage before Jane’s, while it was still light outside, NIN was at a distinct disadvantage — Reznor does not play summer feel-good hits. He and his three bandmates got straight to their business of calling the world a dark hole full of pathetic humans." Read the whole review.
Sag Harbor Book Review
>The Miami Herald, May 10, 2009
"Think ''Long Island summer home,' and visions of spoiled heiresses romping roughshod through the Hamptons, gay men partying on Fire Island or bohemians body-surfing in Montauk spring to mind. Whichever subculture you imagine, you're most likely picturing a lot of pale people trying to get a tan. Remix. As Colson Whitehead documents in his laugh-till-you-cry autobiographical novel, a privileged but still problem-plagued group of African-American New Yorkers have been enjoying misadventure-filled, life-changing summers in the Nassau County beach community for decades." Read the whole review.
Impossible Man Review
>The Miami Herald, May 3, 2009
"The quest for absent fathers is a contemporary American fixation, animating everyone from our president to our pop stars. As Michael Muhammad Knight tells it, his dad, Wesley Unger, is a paranoid schizophrenic who, in the beginning of Knight's coming-of-age memoir, rapes and terrorizes his mother and, in the end, tells his son that Michael is F. Scott Fitzgerald." Read the whole review.
Roni Size and Reprazent
>Los Angeles Times, April 16, 2009
I caught up with the breakbeat scientist during Winter Music Conference
Winter Music Conference and Ultra
>LA Times, March 30, 2009
A review of Ultra Music Festival: Can 60,000 ravers be wrong?
>Interview.com, March 31, 2009
This ain't no SXSW.
>Interview, April 2009
An interview with the musical legend.
Music and the Brain
> The Miami Herald, March 24, 2009
A famous conductor, music critic, neurologist, and music therapist discuss neurology and musicophilia.
Labelle Is Back!
> The Miami Herald, February 14, 2009
Nona Hendryx, Sarah Dash, and Vicki Wickham talk about the return of the greatest girl group ever.
In South Florida, A Tropical Bohemia in the Making
>The New York Times, November 28, 2008
A new wave of musicians, including Rachel Goodrich, ANR, and the Jean-Marie, make Miami live again.
>Black Book, December 2008/January 2009
Art Basel and the Miami art scene once fueled each other. Where did the love go?
Asher Roth Goes Back to College
>Vibe.com, January 30, 2009
In which our intrepid journalist watches a budding rap star play beer pong with a bunch of frat boys.
>The Miami Herald, January 4, 2009
Getting away from it all just an hour's drive from home.
Slip N Slide Turns 15
>Vibe, December 2008 and Vibe.com, December 15, 2008.
An interview with Miami music entrepreneur Ted Lucas.
And a blog on the anniversary party.
Sculptor Makes Public Art from Private Pain
>The Miami Herald, December 2, 2008
Mary Ellen Scherl's casts of people with breast cancer reinvent the bust.
Police Secretly Watching Hip-Hop Artists
>The Miami Herald, March 9, 2004
The award-winning investigation documenting cops' nationwide surveillance of rappers.