Hatsune Miku / Anamanaguchi @ Hammerstein Ballroom

NEW YORK—Major shifts in technology have always changed music, whether in its sound or its performance, and often in both. The introduction of the steel-framed piano had an outsized impact on classical and popular music from its invention. Magnetic pickups gave us the electric guitar and its dominant influence on …

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Enslaved @ Irving Plaza

MANHATTAN, NY—A warm December night made coat check unnecessary at Irving Plaza for the oddly-matched bill of Between The Buried and Me and Enslaved. On paper, it was a sensible combination of progressive metal acts, but in practice, the disparity between Enslaved’s Norwegian Viking attitude and BTBAM’s American math-metalcore made …

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David Bowie: 1947 – 2016

(Photo by Mark Weiss)

A man so out of time and place, he created his own and changed all of ours. And he did it again, and again, and again.

But no more. The singular rockstar outcast, David Bowie, has given us his last breath. His final costume change came …

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Austerity Measurement: Budget Ideology Fails Outside Of A Vacuum

Poll Shows Americans Balance Budget Better When They’re Actually Given A Budget To Balance

As a March 4 deadline looms for approval of a new budget (as well as the humiliating process of raising the debt ceiling), the propositions emerging from both sides of the aisle are shamefully typical. The …

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Austerity Measurement: Freedom Isn’t Free, And Neither Is Oil

Nobody loves a despot when he’s down and out. Or when there are thousands of rioters outside of his opulent palace.

The recent ousting of Tunisian “President” Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali and the current (as of this column’s filing) instability of the Egyptian “President” Hosni Mubarak regime have put the …

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Austerity Measurement: The Job Killer In Me Is The Job Killer In You

God, all this work is killing me. Ever feel like you should quit your job and raise llamas in South America for a living? Even if you don’t have one right now? I get that all the time, although I’ve no knowledge of llama-raising. I don’t know if I’ve ever …

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Interview with Patton Oswalt: Combing The Wasteland

Patton Oswalt may be known to the wider world as the voice of Remy the Rat from Ratatouille or Spencer Olchin from the long-running sitcom King Of Queens, but fans of clever standup have known him primarily as the introspective geek culture philosopher-comedian behind the comedy albums/specials Feelin’ Kinda

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Austerity Measurement: Fuck The Rich; Or, Polls Show Most Americans Agree With This Headline

As Chris Rock once said (over and over again, as is his style), “I’m not talking ’bout rich, I’m talking ‘bout wealthy.” Everyday Americans have a different perspective about who’s rich and who isn’t. Are you rich? Odds are you’re not. And even if you were, you might not admit …

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Austerity Measurement: Diplomatic Immunity, Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Trust Ambassadors

The substantive details of state department cables released by the “roguish” website Wikileaks and the context thereof have almost eclipsed every other news story this week, even as unemployment benefits are running out for 2 million Americans, Bush tax cuts are due to expire, the Pentagon released a report suggesting …

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Austerity Measurement: The Grim Future Of Charity

One look into Jimmy Wales’ creepy eyes on any page of the Wikipedia and an overlooked side effect of the world’s pursestrings’ drawing becomes painfully clear.

You’re not donating as much as you used to.

Well, maybe you are. Jimmy’s not trying to single anyone out. But it could be …

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