Posts by: Katy Henriksen

Rumpus Video Premiere & Interview with Golden Suits

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Department of Eagles’ Fred Nicolaus is obsessed with John Cheever. “I read John Cheever’s collected short stories when I was twenty, and I’ve been obsessed with them ever since,” he states. So obsessed that his brand new solo project, Golden Suits, takes its name from a Cheever reference, and this brand new video was an experiment inspired by Cheever’s story “The Swimmer.”

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Sharon Van Etten Curates a Night at Cameo Gallery

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Something special happens when a phenomenal musician like Sharon Van Etten curates a show for an intimate space like Williamsburg’s Cameo Gallery, described by Sharon as “small and unassuming.”

Featuring Washington D.C.’s She Keeps Bees and Chicago’s Speck Mountain, this is truly a celebration of musical friends.

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Pussy Riot Link Round-Up

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Three women of the feminist punk collective Pussy Riot are on trial in Russia for hooliganism, which carries a charge up to seven years in prison, following their arrest in March after a performance of what they’ve called a ‘punk prayer’ critical of Vladmir Putin in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, one of the most famous Orthodox cathedrals in Moscow.

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Best Music Writing Goes Indie

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Do you love the Best Music Writing series as much as we do?

Series Editor and music critic extraordinaire Daphne Carr has just announced that the venerable annual collection will no longer be published by Da Capo Press, so she’s started a campaign to raise startup funds for a brand new music journalism focused indie press!

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The Rumpus Interview with John Wesley Harding

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John Wesley Harding has been making really sweet tunes since 1988. His 12th release The Sound of Your Own Voice, which came out in October, features a star-studded group of musicians including members of the Decemberists, Peter Buck, Laura Viers and Roseanne Cash.

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Ellen Willis Came Up with the Term Pro-Sex Feminism

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“It seemed to me that most contemporary rock magazines were propagating an artless scorecard-genealogy version of criticism, treating music in isolation from other art, culture, and political realities. And I had certainly never read Bangs, whose irascible, rambling rock-crit from the 1970s many considered to be classic examples of the genre.

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The Minutiae of Humpback Whale Calls

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Musician and philosopher David Rothenberg recently sat down for a public lecture with Laurie Anderson at the venerable Explorer’s Club in New York City.

In their conversation they discussed a wide variety of topics including the minutiae of the calls made by male humpback whale, whether or not music is a language and on exploring the edges of human culture through music.

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