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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Sleep @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple

One of the greatest photos ever taken. - Fred Pessaro, Brooklyn Vegan

BROOKLYN, NY—Much-hyped reunion shows from bands unappreciated during their time are often once-in-a-lifetime events, but in the New York area, it’s fairly common. You know, every few months. Sleep’s coming around? Must be time to change my toothbrush.…

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The Austerity Measurement: Don’t Blame The Internet, Blame The Business Model

In the last few weeks, business models appeared to shuffle away from the in-store experience and toward the Internet ever further—or the “cloud,” which is the fancy word of the day. Remember when you surfed the web? Search engines were called spiders? Or when you used Gopher?

Yeah right, no …

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Austerity Measurement: Exporting Our Imports

It is to wonder which of President Obama’s former financial advisor’s fuzzy aspiration it was to double the U.S. export market in five years. Most likely, the honor goes to the outgoing Larry Summers, but in the declining domestic marketplace, advancing exports is key.

How will America do it? Four …

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Austerity Measurement: New York Tobacconistas And Simulated Sovereignty

To the addicted, a deal on their drug of choice is attractive in almost any circumstance. A dedicated drinker will go out of their way to buy cases of their preferred brand at a larger outlet for a third less than it might cost to buy the six-pack down the …

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