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The City Became a Giant Infomercial Set.
Everyone from Falun Gong to U2 decided to use the streets as their own personal soundstage.
The New York Canon: Pop Music
The birth of rap, the nurturing of punk—that would be plenty. But there’s more.
Losing His Grip
Nick Hornby is a lovely, witty prose stylist—but without real characters, his latest novel falls ﬂat.
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I Love the Eighties
Not to mention the early nineties. And I’m not ashamed to admit it. Luckily, college rock is back, and better than ever.
The Band That Ate Canada
Broken Social Scene is a seventeen-member “collective” that sounds like fourteen different bands. Luckily, none of them is Duran Duran.
East River Pipe is a one-man band that makes beautiful pop out of a decade and a half of very hard living.
Gangs of New York
Their twins due home from intensive care any minute, an anxious couple considers the high cost—physical, marital, and financial—of multiples.
Pinup Goalie: Shep Messing
It’s a Hard Rock Life
New DVDs about the Minutemen and Luna show indie rock in all its ragged, poverty-stricken glory.
Why to Watch ‘The Wire’
We asked five music obsessives to pick a recent album they can’t stop listening to.
Beck on a Stick
A new idea for spicing up rock concerts.
Arthur puts his faith in the healing power of art. Plus, the dude can sing.
‘Cracker’ Jack Robbie Coltrane
Because Even in the High-Rent Chain-Clogged Heart of Manhattan You Can Still Find a Mom-and-Pop
Give Inner Peace a Chance
A Band on Fire
When Arcade Fire came to town, they played five ecstatic, sold-out shows at, yes, a church on Washington Square Park. Behind the scenes of rock’s most down-to-earth anthem-makers.
Long-Short Story Short
Alfred Winslow Jones invented what he called a “hedged fund.” The name’s been bastardized, and so has just about everything else about it.
Sunny Side Down
The late Elliott Smith makes an inspired comeback (of sorts).