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A Trumpeter Takes On Donald Trump: Michael Leonhart's 'Ronald Rump' Melds Satire And Art

Joan K. Smith | Posted 07.21.2016 | Entertainment
Joan K. Smith

It's hard to think of a political candidate who's induced such a mixture of horror and comic glee as Donald Trump. In fact, his most lasting legacy may be an unprecedented mother lode of Trump-inspired art, comedy, and commentary.

How Prince's Quest for Complete Artistic Control Changed the Music Industry Forever

The Conversation US | Posted 04.23.2016 | Entertainment
The Conversation US

It was Prince's pursuit of complete artistic freedom that will make up a significant portion of his legacy. His several notable confrontations with record companies, streaming services and social media users inspired other artists to both demand artistic freedom and earn their fair share of profits.

David Bowie, My Minister Of Strange

Austen Petersen | Posted 01.12.2016 | Entertainment
Austen Petersen

David Bowie made me feel so much less alone and so much happier than I ever would have been without his existing. I miss knowing he's on the planet. He was my minister of strange, my muse of alienation and made looking like an androgynous alien look classy, fun and ever so attainable.

For Tiger + Man, Artistic Collaboration is Alive and Well in NYC

Lara Zarum | Posted 09.15.2016 | Entertainment
Lara Zarum

Tiger Darrow and Andrew Orkin make music for a living, but as any working artist can attest, the old adage "do what you love" doesn't always amount to creative fulfillment (at least not in a city where the definition of "affordable art" is anything under $10,000).

David Byrne Presents Great Music With COOL Color Guard!

Isa Freeling | Posted 06.29.2016 | Arts
Isa Freeling

In a world where we think we have seen everything and certainly as New Yorker's we know everything-- inexhaustible David Byrne, surprises us with Contemporary Color presented by BAM at The Barclay Center in Brooklyn.

On the Town: Summer Fridays at 'Here Lies Love'

Suzy Evans | Posted 10.22.2014 | Arts
Suzy Evans

Summer might be winding down, but don't whip out your scarves and riding boots just yet -- unless they accentuate your disco dancing moves.

Josh Groban And Other Male Singers Cover 'Grease' Classic

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 06.17.2014 | Entertainment

A motley crew of gentlemanly singers made a grand musical-theater showing over the weekend at Rufus Wainwright's "If I Loved You: Gentlemen Prefer Bro...

My Favorite Year: The Pop Culture Peak That Was 1984

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 08.13.2014 | Entertainment
Gregory Weinkauf

Thirty years ago! Scary! Yet inspiring. (Certainly most millennials I encounter are ripping off that era as fast as their iPad-laden hands can grab.) For your pleasure and edification, I was there (and then), and I reflect.

Before You Head Over To Brazil: 2014 World Cup, Samba and Sergio!

Marlon Regis | Posted 08.10.2014 | Travel
Marlon Regis

Over 200,000 people from the United States alone, will be traveling to Brazil this summer for the FIFA 2014 World Cup, while another quarter-million f...

Immigration On The Concert Stage, Silver Screen & In The Legislature: Calle 13 @ Coachella, The Undocumented, How Democracy Works Now + Mercedes Sosa's Final Recording Session

Michael Vazquez | Posted 07.28.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

Herewith, a legend's final studio recording, a great day at Coachella, notes on heroic forensics and a decade and a half of failed immigration legisla...

On the Culture Front: Red-Eye to Havre de Grace, The Few and more

Chris Kompanek | Posted 07.19.2014 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Broadway is having a banner year, and for the first time in a while, new American plays are a significant part of the lineup. If you let it wash through you, this surreal and satisfying one act has more to say about modern existence than could ever be conveyed simply with plot.

Aisle View: Here Lies Love Returns

Steven Suskin | Posted 07.01.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

The show--with concept and lyrics by Byrne, music by Byrne and Fatboy Slim -- captivated theatergoers and critics last April during its limited engagement as part of the Public season. A hearty band of producers, after a diligent but fruitless search for a larger and more economically-feasible space in which to launch a commercial run, concluded that there is no place like home and have returned to the Public's ballroom-like LuEsther Theater despite built-in budgetary strictures.

Paint Job for St. Vincent: Annie Clark Really Knows How to Draw a Crowd

Michael Bialas | Posted 06.08.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

One of the most intriguing aspects about attending a St. Vincent concert is the anticipation. What will Annie Clark do next?

Jim Jarmusch Turns the Vampire Myth: Only Lovers Left Alive

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.29.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Jim Jarmusch, the celebrated indie filmmaker gives the vampire genre a clever tweak in his new movie, Only Lovers Left Alive. If you've been around su...

David Byrne Sings Biz Markie's 'Just a Friend' In True David Byrne Fashion

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 02.27.2014 | Entertainment

When David Byrne takes the stage, audiences can always expect to be entertained with his rocking voice and great stage presence. But they don't usuall...

I Respect Music: Artists' Pay for Radio Play

William Buckley Jr. | Posted 04.23.2014 | Entertainment
William Buckley Jr.

Congress, for the first time since 1976, is reviewing and rewriting copyright law and doing so within the context of the Internet and the digital distribution of creative works. The stakes couldn't be higher for the creative community.

Aisle View: The 2013 Ten Best List

Steven Suskin | Posted 02.16.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

As 2013 dwindles down to a precious few -- a precious few plays and musicals, that is -- it is time to compile our list of the ten best of the year. This year, happily, has no less than fifteen that more than qualify for the ten best; fifteen that I would happily return to for another visit.

David Byrne Doesn't Like Spotify Either

Posted 10.12.2013 | Entertainment

The debate over the value of music-streaming services continues to proliferate, with Talking Heads frontman David Byrne becoming the latest artist to ...

Chats With The Manhattan Transfer's Janis Siegel & Cheryl Bentyne and Jeff Lorber, Plus Diane Birch, The Swellers and Johnny Chill Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.26.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"There isn't much hiding the heartbreak in this song," Diane explains. "It's about the point of knowing how bad the blow is gonna be but hoping you can just stall reality." Check out the premiere of the track "Tell Me Tomorrow" from the upcoming record.

Chats With Nick Hexum, Chris Thile and Cage The Elephant's Matt Shultz, Plus Exclusives from NCIS's Michael Weatherly, Stükenberg and Geoffrey The Giant

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.22.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"This is my first solo album. I've guest spotted on a couple of bands, I sang songs with the bands The Urge and Sugar Ray a really long time ago, so this is the first solo outing of my own."

Poster Boy

Bruce Helander | Posted 11.20.2013 | Arts
Bruce Helander

As those of you know from reading my observations on creativity, I have certainly penned plenty of film and book reviews, which often supplement my standard fare of art essays about talented artists that I admire.

Helping To Comfort: Young Jean Lee's We're Gonna Die Gets an Album

Shoshana Greenberg | Posted 11.03.2013 | Arts
Shoshana Greenberg

I have been walking the streets singing the phrase, "We're Gonna Die!" Trust me, I am not crazy

More True Stories With David Byrne and St. Vincent at the Ride Festival

Michael Bialas | Posted 09.17.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

She was barely 5-feet tall, but still determined to reach David Byrne one way or another. The 20-something woman found her spot front-and-center bel...

Stars in a Record Store

Binky Philips | Posted 07.17.2013 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

Running a record store on St Mark's Place in the East Village during the 1980s put me in the dead-center middle of an exploding mecca of pop culture.

Aisle View: David Byrne Meets Imelda in the Dazzling Here Lies Love

Steven Suskin | Posted 07.15.2013 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Byrne has joined with the Public's Oskar Eustis and an altogether impressive production team to turn Here Lies Love into -- what? A musical? A disco musical? A theatrical extravaganza? All three jumbled together.