Exit Lines: The Drama Desk Awards

The 58th Annual Drama Desk Awards were held Sunday night. I was there in spirit, as my group (which at long last has a viable website), celebrated the best in New York theatre on, Off, and Off Off Broadway in ...

Pulling Rank: Kelly’s Favorite Music of 2012

Pulling Rank is a column in which Kelly Stitzel ranks a variety of pop culture-related things with little to no commentary, but sometimes with audio or visual accompaniment. There’s no scientific method to the rankings; these are just Kelly’s opinions. You’ll probably ...

CD Review: Life in a Blender, “Homewrecker Spoon”

Back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, was there ever any occupation quite as cool as being a music reviewer? (Okay, there likely were, but go with me on this.) You got CDs for free, a place in which to ...

The Popdose Podcast: Episode 18

Greetings and salutations! This month’s episode of The Popdose Podcast is a sequel of sorts to Episode 17 — which, if you may recall, featured an interview with Gorman Bechard, the writer/director/producer of Color ...

The Weekly Mixtape: 1/14/11

There are plenty of voices in popular music that could sing the phone book and still make you want to listen, can get you hot ‘n bothered, or chilled out like an iceberg. Those voices barely need backup by a ...

The Very Guest Of… David Byrne

The world doesn’t need another greatest hits album — we’ve already got three goddamn Essential REO Speedwagon collections, and enough bargain-basement repackaged crap to fill truck stop carousels from coast to coast. That’s why, instead of an artist’s very best, ...

Bottom Feeders: The Rock End of the ’80s, Part 7

So, I took at least an inital recommendation last week to listen to some Blue Oyster Cult and spun the record the vast majority said to listen to – Mirrors.  The whole first half of the album is pretty awesome – ...

CD Review: David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, “Here Lies Love”

Over the past few years, David Byrne has made his best music as a guest performer on other artists’ tracks, due in part to his increasingly Zelig-like ability to insert himself into collaborations whose utter awesomeness exists in inverse proportion to the ...

Bootleg City: James Brown, 11/27/87

We did it! More specifically and much less modestly, I did it — I won Tuesday’s election!

My victory even got some coverage from Associated Press national political writer Liz Sidoti, who wrote, “A slew of cities selected mayors ...

Bootleg City: Bad Company in Orlando, May ’99

The mayoral election is only 11 days away, and if the endless online chatter here in Bootleg City is any indication, voter turnout is sure to break all kinds of records! Keep in mind, of course, that if you break any and ...

Bootleg City: Jethro Tull, 11/25/87

As election day approaches, it’s important for a political candidate like myself to line up celebrity endorsements. One of my opponents, David Byrne, has the support of famous people-slash-political activists like Jane Fonda and Danny Glover, while another opponent, Bob Marley, has ...

Bootleg City: The Mayoral Race Is Heating Up!

It’s hard not to get paranoid when you’re an elected official.

First there was the August catnapping that turned out not to be a catnapping. (Cats who take naps don’t make me paranoid, hence the use of the compound word. ...

The Friday Mixtape: 9/25/09

Feel that tension building in your neck, that stress in the spinal cord that feels just like a piece of rope with the twine extra-wrapped? Feel that chafe of fraying fibers, rest to snap inside there? Let it go, ...

David Byrne @ Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco

What a difference 30 years makes.

Back in 1978, the Talking Heads were playing clubs that barely had functioning toilets and drew small crowds to hear their progressively styled poly rhythms.  Flash forward to 2008, and the Talking Heads ...