Tag: Sidestage

  • Music

    The point of Sun City Girls’ performances is that it’s never clear what’s going to happen next. The two-disc set Carnival Folklore Resurrection Radio, originally assembled for a WFMU special, takes the band’s mastery of inconsistency to its dissociative limit—intermittently touching base with the idea of radio, then meandering off again. A sneering country sing-along […]

  • Music

    Will Oldham is: Palace, Palace Music, Palace Songs, Palace Brothers, Will Oldham, and Bonnie “Prince” Billy. Bonnie “Prince” Billy Sings Greatest Palace Music is: Will Oldham singing his own songs, but with several coats of shellac and considerably less yelping. At its scrappiest, Palace Music’s shambling country-rock threatens total dissolution—listening feels like curling into the […]

  • Music

    Unlike relatively low-profile neo-soul jobbers Jay Dee or James Poyser, former Tony! Toni! Toné! mastermind Raphael Saadiq—who since 2000 has produced cuts for Bilal, Joi, and Angie Stone, as well as several nondairy creamers on Kelis’s Tasty—makes no effort to downplay his studio-genius reputation. He begins All Hits at the House of Blues, his new […]

  • Jammed radio transmitters go downtown and eat beats like a vulcha

    Old Bombs received some notice in 2002 for a split CD-R with dark-noise It-boys Wolf Eyes, but the trio itself is an experimental supergroup—Dino Felipe’s got a catchy slew of deconstructed IDM releases; Vanessa Payes joins Felipe in the loudmouthed Fukktron; and Brooklyn-via-Miami-via-Venezuela’s Carlos Giffoni adds guitar and electronics to live collaborations with Sonic Youth […]

  • Next time you honor the disarmed warrior, invite another saxophone player

    I wish I liked James Moody’s Homage, because my admiration for Moody is boundless (what other bop saxophonist has stayed so up-to-date without sounding desperate?), and because commissioning pieces by Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, and Horace Silver, among others, sounded like a surefire idea, as did asking Moody to leave his flute at home. But […]