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Local musicians reinterpret Nick Drake’s “Pink Moon” at the Rickshaw Stop

January 23, 2012
Had you been skeptical about the “UnderCover Presents: Nick Drake’s Pink Moon” event Sunday night at the Rickshaw Stop you wouldn't have been alone....

The reluctant soloist

Away from his Australia-based band Electric Jellyfish, Michael Beach finds solace in solitude.

Kenneth Patchen centennial: poetry that still resonates

December 12, 2011
Poet Kenneth Patchen was born in Niles, Ohio, 100 years ago on December 13, 1911. He died in Palo Alto in 1972. Due to...

Lit shorts: Cocker, on paper

December 7, 2011
Mother, Brother, LoverBy Jarvis CockerFaber and Faber208 pp., hardcover, $17 Books of lyrics — words uprooted from the music and set down naked on the...

Lit shorts: ‘Beck’ by the book

December 7, 2011
BeckBy Autumn de WildeChronicle Books176 pp., hardcover, $35 For more than a decade and half, pop culture photographer (and video director) Autumn de Wilde has...

Cass McCombs greets the Great American Music Hall crowd warmly

December 6, 2011
There’s been a lot of talk about how Cass McCombs is an impenetrable character, so much so that it’s become tiring. We’ve heard about...

No more introduction needed: Pterodactyl at El Rio

November 28, 2011
On Saturday night in the cloistered show room at El Rio, Joe Kremer of Pterodactyl passed through the idle crowd to consult the sound...

Kimya Dawson keeps it confessional, relatable at the Rickshaw Stop

November 21, 2011
The recurring theme of Sunday night’s Kimya Dawson show at the Rickshaw Stop was: be who you are and plainly say whatever you have...

We love the sound: Wild Flag will play the Great American Music Hall

November 4, 2011
Back in 2010, when the members of Wild Flag initially started playing music with one another, whether a band would be forged or not...

Poet of dissonance: Anna Moschovakis at Meridian Gallery

October 28, 2011
I bought Oprah’s O Magazine in March — my first — after learning it had 24 glossy pages to honor (or degrade, depending on...

‘Medical miracle’ Ozzy Osborne at Booksmith

October 21, 2011
Trust the Prince of Darkness – when it comes to health-matters, Ozzy knows what he’s talking about, and I say that with only a...

Haunting the lens: Ralph Eugene Meatyard at the de Young

October 20, 2011
Photographer Ralph Eugene Meatyard (1925-1972) is an anomaly. There’s little consensus about the nature of his work beyond its unusualness. Throughout the late 1950s...

Notes from the indie underground: the ATA Film Festival

October 19, 2011
For more reviews from the sixth ATA Film and Video Festival, check out this week's film listings. The fest kicks off tonight with an...

Get lit! A handy guide to Saturday night’s LitCrawl

October 14, 2011
LitQuake has been rough. You’ve been dashing out of work, shoving people away from their cabs to make it to the Chuck Klosterman event...

City Lights celebrates a vital, veteran publisher

October 10, 2011
The avant-garde publisher New Directions was founded in 1936, but the idea was borne two years earlier when Ezra Pound gave some fairly harsh...