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This week’s music “tracks” where inspiration comes from


Influence is a curious phenomenon that takes form in so many different ways in music. It’s impossible to say that there is even one song in music history that has had no influence whatsoever. And even if a band was pioneering in its genre style or musical sound, the fact is that people, as individuals, […]

Short song titles pack huge musical punch


Slash. Hamlet. Bowie. Vertigo. Nas. Goodfellas. Tupac. Sometimes, one word is all you need to make a lasting impact. This week’s New Noise looks at new releases by bands of few words — bands who gave their four-minute melodic visions a single term of endearment. Though the names might be short, the tracks are filled […]

Haute High Lights


Movie of the Week: I Saw The Devil — Nuart Theatre — Opens Friday For the past decade, South Korea has remained one of the most consistent exporters of thrilling, intelligent cinema. The latest film from Kim Jee-woon, I Saw The Devil has already shaken up audiences at Sundance, and will play for a limited […]

Lifestyle’s Haute Highlights


Concert of the Week: Mountain Man with The Decemberists Those lucky souls who caught Jónsi’s transcendent performance at The Wiltern last October will likely remember the equally chilling opening set from Bennington, Vermont’s Mountain Man. Comprised of  Molly Erin Sarle, Amelia Randall Meath and Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, the folk trio will open for The Decemberists at […]

Bands to look out for at Coachella


Last week the buzz was all about Coachella’s lineup. Much to the dismay of many followers of the Internet rumor mill and Tron fans, Daft Punk was not on the list. That’s fine with me. The world’s favorite costumed knob-twiddler duo headlined Lollapalooza a few years ago. Oh, wait. So did the rest of these […]

A New Breed of Coachella?


Although Coachella has never been a headliner-centric festival, the 2011 bill is surprisingly underwhelming.