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The Creepshow Must Go On

Jeffrey Combs is furious. Bathed in campy greens and reds, the veteran actor viciously stares at something off-screen. It’s a corpse. One of his men, torn to pieces by something out of this world,...

The General Stereo by Vans

The General Stereo is bringing legendary NYC DJs to Vans iconic Brooklyn location, calling back the revolutionary early days of these internet radio pioneers. Before “algorithmic playlists” became a buzzword, these selectors were digging deep...

Local Natives: Places We Don’t Know

At its farthest west, Sunset Boulevard meets the Pacific Ocean, concluding 24 miles of one of the most famous roads in America with a postcard view of the world’s largest body of water. You...

Jim James: Build It Up Strong

Flatiron Management is housed in such a nondescript building on West 26th Street that I’m not sure I have the right address. Across from a church with no signs and next to a shop...

South By Southwest: Is It Worth It?

By Max Blau Over the next 10 days, more than a quarter-million of motivated artists and industry personnel will descend upon Austin. New York musicians will speed 26 hours and 1,500 miles to Texas’s...

Wavves: Picking Up the Slack

Nathan Williams has a cold. Or a sinus infection. Earlier this week it was the flu. But there’s no time to rest now. Wavves, the band he founded in his parents’ house in San...

The National: A New York Institution

“The city for me has always been this Oz, this weird, slightly out-of-reach world,” Matt Berninger, 42, says from the backseat of a Town Car. His gaze shifts to the rain-speckled rear window as...

Don’t Lie to Me: An Oral History of Big Star

It would be something of a misstatement to label Big Star the quintessential American band. No doubt the band’s influence has stretched leaps and bounds beyond the group’s original reach, but quintessence denotes a...

Neko Case: Through the Woods

There are few places that Neko Case has ever called home. The singer lived a transient existence as a touring artist for more than 20 years, and along the way has crashed in hotels,...

CHVRCHES: Catching the Light

The Metro’s stage is emanating neon, but there’s not a glow stick in the house. No lime green tanks or hot pink sweatbands, either. Most people here are dancing to varying degrees of exertion,...

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