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Fela Kuti’s Broadway Debut

Innovative, controversial and constantly cool, Fela Kuti was a pioneering Nigerian musician, a man with a message and a funky groove that influenced even James Brown. He is the creator of Afrobeat — a new blend of music combining jazz and funk with traditional African rhythms and highlife — and today he is known all over the world simply as ... Read More »

Holiday Horror

You may or may not have know that Santa is an anagram for Satan. Well now you do, so keeping that in mind, let’s revisit one of our favorite holiday horror films, the 1984 Santa slasher, ‘Silent Night, Deadly Night.’ Read More »

One Week Only: Wesley Willis’ Joy Ride

Woah! Well our weekend viewing schedule just got a little more jam-packed. The folks over at Pitchfork.TV are hosting rock doc (or should we say rock-you-mentry) ‘Wesley Willis’ Joy Ride’ for ONE WEEK ONLY, and we’ve got it here, too. The film tells the story of a Willis, the obese and schizophrenic “savant-garde” musician, and frontman of the Wesley Willis ... Read More »

The Sundance Schedule

The Sundance Film Festival may just be the best part of winter. Every January the international film community heads to Park City Utah for 10 days of screenings, swag and schmoozing. But this year the festival promises to get back to its roots with a season of “renewed rebellion.” While we can’t vouch for that yet, the festival announced its ... Read More »

The Scene In Six Sounds: South Africa

Few countries can claim a more tumultuous recent history than South Africa, and great music, as they say, comes from great tragedy. International successes from the continent’s Southern tip are few and far between, however, but home grown talent makes plenty of noise in the bars and clubs of Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. The occasional artist who has broken ... Read More »

We Feel a Cold Wave Coming In

  In the days after punk, a new sound grew out of Europe–Coldwave, a chilly counterpoint to the waining disco scene. Inspired by post-punk act Joy Division and industrial music, these new bands opted for a more minimal take on pop music, with haunting vocals, metronomic synthesizers and a DIY aesthetic. The scene stayed largely undergound and mostly in France, ... Read More »

Almodovar’s ‘Broken Embraces’

‘Broken Embraces‘, the latest from Pedro Almodovar, reunites the director with his muse, Penelope Cruz. The critically acclaimed film is currently playing in New York and opens in LA on Dec. 11–and this is one movie that we can’t wait to see. To celebrate ‘Broken Embraces’ we’re taking a look back at our coverage of the director. From artists paying ... Read More »

The Scene in Six Sounds: Wales

A proud corner of the UK with plenty of nationalism tucked in amongst its hilly backwaters, Wales has its own distinct music culture, and is responsible for a heady input into the UK scene considering its small population. The Welsh Dragon flies high in pop circles in the present day, and dates back to the times of the Beatles. The ... Read More »

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