Photography: Maria Jose Govea Speaking at the Red Bull Music Festival in New York City’s MoMA last night, Swedish artist Robyn talked about her long-anticipated next studio album, as well as sharing early demos of some of her biggest smash hits, like “Dancing on My Own.” “It’s almost there,” she said of her new record, which she confirmed will come accompanied by a new tour. She added that her approach to creating this album has been much “softer” than in the past, and that she spent a good deal of time in the studio by herself figuring out rhythm before inviting in collaborators.
The curious and curiouser thing about goth, is how many of its musical progenitors have felt the need to distance themselves from its lugubrious tenets…even as they mostly clung steadfastly to its aesthetic and stylistic codes (let’s be honest, has Robert Smith ever not looked goth?) The members of Bauhaus , arguably goth’s cradle of civilization, have generally gone along with it through the years, rewarding the unshakeable loyalty of their dark-hearted minions with dada-esque reunion performances and a steady flow of caliginously packaged re-issues. And now a striking new coffee table book by drummer Kevin Haskins , titled (what else?) Bauhaus Undead: The Visual History and Legacy (which was released March 16 through Cleopatra), gloriously celebrates the band’s exalted place at the throne of the most steadfast subculture in all of modern history. A deliciously decadent collection of anecdotes and images, it strikingly serves to remind of Bauhaus’ conceptual and confrontational pretension/brilliance, as well as the visual and intellectual depth of their oeuvre
The Obamas have signed a multi-year production deal with Netflix, Deadline reports. The news was announced over Twitter by Netflix this morning: “President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have entered into a multi-year agreement to produce films and series for Netflix, potentially including scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries, and features.” President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have entered into a multi-year agreement to produce films and series for Netflix, potentially including scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries, and features
Photo by Pieter M. Van Hattem When the B-52s self-titled debut album was released in 1979, it was at once one of the most inexplicable records to ever grace the pop canon, and also simply more unbridled fun than any collection of music really even has the right to be. Indeed, with its monster-movie organs, twisted surf guitar riffs, herky jerky dance beats and Fred Schneider’s peculiar, stentorian vocal delivery, it perfectly epitomized the emerging “anything goes” new wave ethos.
When one thinks of the so many reasons to love Singapore, pop music probably doesn’t come first to mind – especially as compared to, say, the scenes in Seoul or Tokyo. But everything about artful songstress Linying seems to suggest she’s poised to even capture imaginations out here in the West – having already won praise from the likes of Billboard and NPR. She first caught attention as a featured vocalist on dance tracks by KRONO and Felix Jaehn; but now signed to Nettwerk , she has delivered a wistful but sultry new single, “Tall Order,” that we hope is a harbinger of more to come.
The new redband trailer for Sorry To Bother You has us thinking this could be the movie of the summer. In addition to its stellar cast, which includes Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson, and sees faves Armie Hammer and Kate Berlant in supporting roles, the film looks wild and unpredictable. It follows the story of a telemarketer who rockets to mega success after using his “white voice,” entering a wild world that appears to include lots of drugs, sex, and performance art.
Non-binary comedian and actor Peter Smith gives a quirky, committed performance as the lead of the new short film Long Term Delivery, out today, which sees him playing a postal worker fixated on delivering a package to a mysterious recipient, known only as “Mom.” The film was shot in the gorgeous rural towns of upstate New York, and sort of feels like a Wes Anderson creation, with its unusually abrupt characters and stylized cinematography.
As most New Yorkers will attest, some common opinions are just inalienable.
Jamie Campbell Bower really is a modern Renaissance man – literally. He’s played characters from centuries past time and time again, including a young, strapping William Shakespeare in the TNT drama Will – as well as King Arthur in the Starz series Camelot.
It’s a curious paradox, that we bestow the title of “Renaissance Man” (or Woman) on those we most admire for their multifarious creative abilities and achievements – yet we’re quick to groan every time an actor, musician, writer, et al, attempts to cross from one discipline into another. Adam Goldberg, who in his 28 years of acting counts Dazed and Confused , Saving Private Ryan , 2 Days in Paris , and on television Entourage and Fargo , amongst his impressive and far-ranging list of credits