Mar 19, 2009 Live Web Exclusive

 “Saying the Unsayable” was an “investigation into the role of lyrics in popular song.” Jarvis Cocker, dressed as dapper as ever in a jacket and tie, stood in front of the eager crowd crammed into the small convention room, and armed with a slide/video projector and a long pointer, as he presented a near-two-hour lecture on the importance of lyrics. And if anyone should know about the value of lyrics, it’s Cocker, arguably one of the greatest British lyricists of the last two decades. “Everything expressed is solely based on my subjective opinion,” Cocker said in his opening, “but I’m usually right.” More

Mar 19, 2009 Live Web Exclusive

Elliott Brood is a Toronto trio who dress like old-timey rural undertakers and play a stripped down, highly rhythmic brand of roots music with endearing energy, a particularly impressive feat at 3 p.m. in a darkened exhibition hall in the Austin Convention Center. More

Mar 19, 2009 Live Web Exclusive

A boisterous set by Auckland quartet Cut Off Your Hands–one of the 10 shows they played at this edition of SXSW–was the centerpiece of another strange bill at Emo’s on Thursday night, wedged in between the refined, reggae-fied rock of Sean Bones and the trendy indie tropes of Boston’s Passion Pit. Topping the bill were Swedish whistling champions Peter Bjorn and John, whose delayed and ultimately disastrous set (due to epic technical fail) they later described as “awful.” More

Mar 18, 2009 Live Web Exclusive

Echo and the Bunnymen’s first of three SXSW shows wrapped up an odd bill at Emo’s main room, featuring Cali punks Circle Jerks and Juliette Lewis’s latest band, The New Romantiques–her attempts to channel Janis Joplin and their hard blues rock by numbers bored most of us to tears. More

Mar 15, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Legendary house music producer Ashley Beedle and reggae-tongued/frequent Massive Attack collaborator Horace Andy team up on this spirited collection of original tunes and a cover of The Rolling Stone’s “Angie,” all written and recorded in five days. More

Mar 14, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

In 2008 Buraka Som Sistema blitzed the dance clubs with their musical mantra-cum-breakout single “Sound of Kuduro.” The single, which features M.I.A., utilizes Calypso and Soca pulses but jumbles local zest with pan-global junkyard electronics More

Feb 01, 2009 Comic Books Winter 2009 - Anticipated Albums of 2009

Agents Mulder and Scully come to comic books in a faithful translation of the beloved ’90s TV show. More

Saga of the Swamp Thing Book 1

DC/Vertigo

Wrttien by Alan Moore

Feb 01, 2009 Comic Books Winter 2009 - Anticipated Albums of 2009

When British writer Alan Moore took over Swamp Thing in 1983, the title was a formulaic monster comic on the verge of cancellation. DC, thus, gave Moore free reign to revamp the series as he pleased, even though he was largely untested by American comics companies. What Moore ended up creating was way ahead of its time, and his work on Swamp Thing has had an influential impact both on comic writers and the potential of the medium. More

Feb 01, 2009 Music Winter 2009 - Anticipated Albums of 2009

On his seventh album since 2006, Will Oldham is preoccupied with the same things, such as love left to rot, his own stomach, and sex. Also intact is his soft-spoken and sometimes angelic voice, which belies the devilish humor contained within his lyrics. More