Written by Alan Quisimorio Thursday, 07 August 2008 05:06
There's something for everyone: Women can appreciate the creative couture, gay men can get wet without touching themselves, and straight men can experience the luxurious decadence of being faggish one night a week.
Written by Ashley Mouldon Thursday, 10 July 2008 08:35
Last Christmas, my mom asked me if I wanted an iPod; I smiled and thanked you for her generous offer but turned her down.
Written by Retannical D. Russell Thursday, 10 July 2008 08:32
On a night that coincidentally marked his 45th birthday, the two-time Grammy Award winner came out on stage old-school style, equipped only with a microphone and a stool.
Written by Ashley Mouldon Thursday, 26 June 2008 03:47
Music is a very powerful tool. Like a hammer, the lyrics can get pounded into your head.
Written by Retannical D. Russell Monday, 09 June 2008 12:49
Now that tickets for the upcoming concert tour are selling like hotcakes in just about every major city in the U.S. and Canada, no one will be able to deny the impact the Kids had and continue to have on their true fans.
Written by Retannical D. Russell Wednesday, 07 May 2008 03:03
The 1990s saw female singer/songwriters enjoy some resurgence in popularity with the emergence of artists such as Sheryl Crow, Sarah McLachlan, Alanis Morissette, and Jewel, as well as the success of the Lilith Fair concert tours.
Written by Kenny Love Tuesday, 22 April 2008 16:23
Up far too late into the wee hours of the morning, an all too often zone in which I find myself, I found myself considering Angelou's story and its parallel to the life of not only my own, but to many musicians.
Wednesday, 09 April 2008 12:16Just because the two faces of Milli Vanilli never spent a day laying down tracks in the recording studio doesn’t make the Milli Vanilli sound any less pleasing.
Written by Retannical D. Russell Friday, 07 March 2008 02:22
The magical, melodic and distinctive sound of these iconic artists' remains unmatched by today's current pop singers.
Written by Retannical D. Russell Wednesday, 06 February 2008 13:57
Life was good, and being part of the massive New Kid phenomenon that swept the world was merely icing on the cake. And you know what? I really, really liked that icing.
Written by Cannon Fletcher Friday, 18 January 2008 03:24
As an artist and fan, I wonder what we could "demand" in 2008?
Written by Retannical Russell Tuesday, 08 January 2008 14:36
Any true pop culture aficionado knows the importance of Michael Jackson and the significance of his exceptional and everlasting contribution to music, videos, and even fashion.
Written by Retannical D. Russell Monday, 03 December 2007 09:58
Fifteen years after riding the wave of fame and success of the early '90s, Natalie and Whitney, Luther and Prince, and Nirvana and Guns N' Roses have taken their rightful place among the recording industry elite.
Written by Retannical D. Russell Monday, 08 October 2007 02:32
Imagine sampling a brand new food, something you had no idea even existed. Something that turned out to be so delicious, so mouthwatering delightful, that after one taste you were hooked.
Friday, 07 September 2007 17:00
With apologies to Morrissey, September (not November) spawned a monster. It always does, with the return of the arts season. Theatres, colleges, galleries, book tours and much more get going again, and all we can do is hang on for dear life.
Written by Retannical D. Russell Monday, 20 August 2007 14:54
I saw a group of junior high kids in the middle of their day at school. At first, I thought it was a documentary because the kids looked so real. They spoke and behaved so honestly. There was nothing phony about them.
Written by Joseph Watts Tuesday, 31 July 2007 11:23
I see everything through eyes that look through the experience of death and so everything is a bit colored by it.
Monday, 30 July 2007 17:00
The dog days of summer explained to you by the top dog himself - Byron Kerman. This month, lots of movies - indoor, outdoor, and sing-a-long.
Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 11 July 2007 04:27
One of the highlights of Cannes for me every year is the opportunity to see the best and newest Asian cinema, but it was late in 2007's festival before I saw any that particularly struck me—and when it did, it struck me hard.
Wednesday, 04 July 2007 17:00
I am just wild about Harry and Harry is just wild about me. This month - Harry Potter (and a few hundred other things to do).
Written by Joseph Watts Saturday, 30 June 2007 14:21
The whole time, sitting there listening to the scream of the wind, listening to the demonic applause of the rain on our roof, I was worried about the trees.
Written by Joseph Watts Friday, 22 June 2007 03:50
And then, as I was a child, just like magic my grandfather was transformed into this benevolent, wise old man. I have dreamt of him twice since his death, each time close to the birth of my two sons.
Written by Joseph Watts Friday, 22 June 2007 03:07
"If the fresh skin of an animal, cleaned and divested of all hair, fat and other extraneous matter, be immersed in a dilute solution of tannic acid, a chemical combination ensues. The gelatinous portion of the tissue is converted into a nonputrescible substance, impervious to and insoluble in water. This, sir, is leather. Can I go get some cereal now, Dad?"
Written by Jim Campbell Friday, 15 June 2007 02:10
The partner of longtime PLAYBACK:stl contributor (and theater critic extraordinaire) Jim Campbell recently endured a health scare, about which Jim has graciously written openly and honestly...and, in true Jim Campbell fashion, with a humorous and entertaining bent.
Tuesday, 05 June 2007 15:04
All the events that will have you going ooooo and aaaaaaa throughout the month of June.
Thursday, 03 May 2007 03:12
May is hot like the Memorial Day bargain frenzy at the Gypsy Caravan flea market downtown.
Sunday, 15 April 2007 14:15
Attention, droogies and droog-ettes. Once you've seen read the book or seen the film A Clockwork Orange, you may gag a bit when listening to Beethoven. No matter - you're just digging on the dystopian masterpiece, Pavlov-style, like our man Alex.
Sunday, 01 April 2007 10:21
I have three favorite theaters in the world, which I refuse to rank in order of favorites. In no particular order, then, are the Tivoli, which is my home theater, and where I've had nearly every great experience with film in my entire life (especially in my formative years). Next is the National Film Theater in London, which is a government-funded reparatory house (!) that has incredibly comfortable seats, pristine picture and sound quality, and a great clientele and staff.
Thursday, 29 March 2007 14:22
However, from the ubiquitous sea of stock, mug-me-white earbuds rose a demand for high performance headphones suited to a mobile lifestyle. While other companies have answered this demand, Hollywood company V-Moda has recently positioned itself as a player in this expanding market with a line of luxury earphones for the fashion-forward.
Friday, 02 March 2007 10:01
March 30: Mad Arf pet-themed group art show to benefit Stray Rescue at Mad Art
Tuesday, 30 January 2007 16:09
February may be as cold as the alleged witch's genitalia, but there's no shortage of fun events organized for indoor pleasures.
Written by Pete Timmermann Saturday, 13 January 2007 09:34
Of all the things that won, I have about the least trouble swallowing The Departed as Best Picture, as it was my second choice behind United 93.
Wednesday, 10 January 2007 12:35
You get the picture, and it is not a pretty one when a former Modern Lover and a senior citizen of American Art Rock is not happy. Recorders are a good thing, almost as good as having interns to transcribe them. At least the publisher will know who to be mad at.
Written by Pete Timmermann Sunday, 31 December 2006 16:00
Being the elitist that I am, there is sort of a part of me that wants to be greedy and keep this wonderful film a secret, but that is indefensibly unfair to the rest of you.
Written by Byron Kerman Saturday, 30 December 2006 05:31The polar bears are running out of room to roam, thanks to global warming. How long before the bald eagles are screwed, too? Watch them fly south (the eagles, not the bears) for the winter in the in Alton, Grafton and Granite City areas (all month, http://www.greatriverroad.com/), and catch the Eagle Days spotting and demo events at both the Missouri Bottom Conservation Area and the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge (Jan. 13-14, http://www.trailnet.org/), while you still can.
Written by Byron Kerman Thursday, 14 December 2006 03:04
Let Byron Kerman be your guide this month to all that's weird, wild, and wonderful...with a focus, for sure, on the weird. (But, hey, we love him anyway.)
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