Hugh Masekela

Phola

Four Quarters Entertainment/Times Square

Jun 12, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Hugh Masekela was one of South Africa's cardinal jazz men when he decided to pack up his trumpet and leave his homeland due to a self-imposed émigré to object apartheid. He was also one of the first African musicians to strike out onto the world stage, with his proto tours with then-wife Miriam Makeba and later in support of Paul Simon during his Graceland period. The trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer, and singer is 70 this year, but he has the verve of a man still exploring. Infuriately, one can't always say that about the compositions on his 35th album, Phola. More

Jun 10, 2009 DVDs Web Exclusive

Stacey Peralta has reinvented himself a few times, going from child skateboarder to team surfer to successful documentary filmmaker. His first two films, Dogtown and Z-Boys and Riding Giants, took his love of skating and surfing to the big screen with largely successful results. It saddens me to report that his third and latest documentary, seemingly about the Crips and Bloods gangs in Los Angeles, is his weakest effort to date. More

Jun 09, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

A lot is being said about the new Breeders EP, Fate to Fatal. Primarily the fact that the Deal sisters usually aren't all that prolific, so it's a real treat to be getting something so close on the heels of Mountain BattlesMore

Jun 08, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

This must-have for Arctic Monkeys fans is a double dose. One, a DVD of their last concert for the 2007 world tour which took place at the Apollo Theatre in Manchester, England. Two, a live CD of a show in Austin, TX (available only on the U.S. version). More

Jun 08, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

The Bitter Tears draw from their guts and the things that come into their workspace. In fact, the entire thing plays out as a coherent, albeit eclectic, album.  More

Jun 05, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

As the album’s title suggests, Japandroids’ debut album is a moment after something. A breakdown of some sort of aesthetic, en route to something new. The band works feverishly to deliver something somewhere between two other somethings. But what? More

Kaspar

Drawn and Quarterly

Written and drawn by Diane Obomsawin

Jun 05, 2009 Comic Books Web Exclusive

Diane Obomsawin's inaugural graphic novel in English is Kaspar, a sadly truncated volume that unveils the life of Kasper Hauser. The Canadian filmmaker and cartoonist's envisage of this unbelievable narrative is told frankly in comparison to the more extravagant tones already lended to Hauser by the likes of Werner Herzog and Harlan Ellison. No mention of the controversy of whether Hauser is just a snappish fraud is discussed nor is even much revealed about his death. Obomsawin favors the part of the man-child's life where he was introduced into bourgeoisie society. After all, the other side of erudite culture studies that as well. More

Jun 05, 2009 Live Web Exclusive

“I have a naïve request,” said Swedish troubadour Jens Lekman, looking down at group of adoring Los Angelinos after a years’ absence from the city. “You can record and take video all you want, but please don’t post it on the Internet. I want this to be special…just between you and me.” More

Jun 04, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Sleepwalking Through The Mekong documents Dengue Fever's performance in Cambodia—marking the first performance of Cambodian music by a Western group since the fall of the Khmer Rouge. Though Dengue Fever formed in the States, founding brothers Ethan and Zac Holtzman sought out a Cambodian singer in order to better capture the nuance of Cambodian rock n' roll from the 1960s and ’70s. More