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May 8th, 2011

No one in the music scene knows much about Abel Tesfaye, aka The Weeknd (sic), but they know this: the kid’s got something special. Back in March, The Weeknd, a Toronto-based R&B performer, self-released a debut album called “House of Balloons,” offering it (in an increasingly prevalent trend right now in new music) as a […]

April 24th, 2011

Last week, two photojournalists, Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros, were killed while covering the popular uprising in Libya. For most of us, who see the images captured by journalists like these in the news every day, it’s easy to forget the real danger that goes into reporting from conflict zones. Hetherington was known recently for his work […]

April 23rd, 2011

I’ve just come across the work of a filmmaking team called Everynone, and I thought I’d share it. Films on simple ideas…symmetry, words or even just moments in time where not much happens. They’re all beautifully shot and perfectly simple. Economy of style at its best. I like this one quite a lot, but they’re […]

April 9th, 2011

In the mid-nineties, I was a huge fan of the show The X-Files, the cult-classic detective drama about paranormal activity — especially extra-terrestrials. As it turns out, the mid-nineties was also a period when the scientific community began embracing the possibility (or rather, the probability) that life exists on other planets. According to a fascinating […]

March 28th, 2011

There was a time when it looked like this week’s guest, Ted Danson, was receding into the shadows of Hollywood, his best contributions to the screen behind him. Clearly, that’s no longer the case. Following the success of Cheers, whose 1993 finale was watched by 80 million people, Ted Danson was one of the most […]

March 27th, 2011

The South by Southwest music festival (SXSW — or just “South-by”, if you want to sound like you’re in the know) recently wrapped up in Austin. I wasn’t there, but I know people who were — and some of them likely saw Brooklyn-based Twin Shadow doing his thing at the fest. Twin Shadow is the […]

March 14th, 2011

Singer-songwriter Jessica Lea Mayfield might just be the best new act to come out of Ohio since The Black Keys. And that would make sense, since the three-time Grammy-winning duo from Akron have been helping Mayfield along since she was a teenager. The daughter of a musical family (Mayfield, along with her parents and brother […]

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