Today -- after the amicable departure of Flemons and Robinson for their own solo projects -- the band, more than ever, is a shifting troupe of young African-American folk musicians who revolve around Rhiannon Giddens. I had long wanted to speak with this lady.
As the film's title implies, there's a fair amount of violence in this movie, but it's not the kind of bloodbath we're used to seeing in modern movies. Instead, there's a feeling of danger that hangs over every scene right from the beginning.
The 1960s folk music scene was a chapter in a long story, one that began decades earlier and that continues today as a new generation of singers and songwriters connect -- directly and indirectly -- to the burgeoning progressive movements that are rippling across the country.
Newfound fame and adulation might be dizzying -- "We're trying not to let it overwhelm us," Price said over the phone as the wheels kept turning -- but Lake Street Dive is grounded enough to realize what it means to finally stand in the on-deck circle with home run potential.
Fred W. McDarrah: Save the Village takes its name from the words painted on the side of an artist's studio on Greenwich Avenue, demolished in 1960 and memorably photographed by McDarrah. Its shadows remain in the literary and cultural walking tours that lace the neighborhood.
Our sense is that True Detective will be as much about understanding what happened between Hart and Cohle as solving a murder. Because of the interviews, we know something about how things turn out. But that only makes it harder to work out.
It's the time of year when critics release their lists of the year's best films. It feels like a competitive sport -- or a provocation, which all of these lists are, by nature. As in: "This is my list of the best films. If you don't agree, you're wrong."
What happens to a musician when desperation overshadows inspiration? The atmospheric new film Inside Llewyn Davis, written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, tracks a grieving folk singer-songwriter in search of his Muse -- or any Muse.
I was trying to come up with a way to avoid the standard list, so here's what I've got for you: 10 things to be thankful for in 2013 movies (plus five things to really bitch and moan about, because, let's face it, that's more fun.)
When I see two kids who are as obviously meant for each other as Frances Halladay and Llewyn Davis, I just have to speak up. Sure, there are obstacles to this relationship. But if any city could make it happen, New York is the place.