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How Composer Brian Reitzell Became Hollywood’s Recluse Whisperer

It’s a hallucinatory 110 degrees in a parking lot in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Glendale, where Brian Reitzell stands outside of a nondescript recording…
Andy Beta / July 24, 2014

Jon Hassell Goes Below the Belt, Challenges Phillip Glass to Dance-Off

With a résumé that begins with the epochal recording of Terry Riley's minimalist zenith In C in 1968 and stretches into the 21st century, trumpeter…
Andy Beta / July 8, 2014

Night Time, Anytime: Jim Jarmusch and Jozef van Wissem Discuss ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’

Ever since his 1980 debut feature film, Permanent Vacation, writer/director Jim Jarmusch has deployed his idiosyncratic, underground films to detail the lives of fringe characters, be…
Andy Beta / April 10, 2014

Avey Tare’s New Trio Delivers Chills, Thrills on ‘Enter the Slasher House’

As half the songwriting force in Animal Collective, Avey Tare is the Trogg to Panda Bear’s Beach Boy. In contrast to Panda’s dulcet harmonies (“My…
Andy Beta / April 6, 2014

How Explosions in the Sky and Eluvium Became Inventions

Since 1999, guitarist Mark Smith has been beholden to his post-rock outfit, Explosions in the Sky, applying post-Spiderland dynamics to cinematic grandeur worthy of a…
Andy Beta / March 6, 2014

Snoop Dogg and Dam-Funk Take the Ol’ Mothership for a Lazy Spin on ‘7 Days of Funk’

Play a drinking game — or, perhaps, a puffing game — where you take a shot (or a draw) at every utterance of the word…
Andy Beta / December 9, 2013

Cat Power, Sky Ferreira, and More Join Forces for An Elliott Smith Tribute Show in Brooklyn

Yesterday marked the tenth anniversary of songwriter Elliott Smith's death by his own hand, a still-painful moment for both Gen-Xers and twentysomethings alike. It wa…
Andy Beta / October 22, 2013

Omar Souleyman: The Wedding Singer

The New York City heat is getting to Omar Souleyman. It’s the last weekend in August and the air on this last-gasp day of summer…
Andy Beta / October 22, 2013

Four Tet Vividly Imagines Future Dance Floors on ‘Beautiful Rewind’

At some point in late 2010 or early 2011, Four Tet’s Kieran Hebden found himself in the studio alongside Thom Yorke and Burial for their…
Andy Beta / October 17, 2013

Oneohtrix Point Never and Nicolas Jaar’s Darkside Serve Up Noirish, Sensuous Hypnosis

Oneohtrix Point Never, R Plus Seven (Warp) 8…
Andy Beta / October 2, 2013

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