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Wednesday 2 November 2011
Culture Featured Opinion

occupy wall street: a personal narrative

Christine Campbell
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What is Occupy Wall Street? The website occuptwallst.org does a pretty good job (I’ve bolded the parts that are most relevant): Occupy Wall Street is a people-powered movement that began on September 17, 2011 in Liberty Square in Manhattan’s Financial District, and has spread to over 100 cities in the United States and actions in…
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Sunday 16 October 2011
Music

album review: blackbells, IxI

Christine Campbell
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It’s been a while since I’ve heard a really good, musically sound rock album. In the past five years, it has become rare to see a rock band that is just a tried-and-true rock band with no other gimmicks. As production technology advances and computerization becomes increasingly standardized, it becomes a little difficult to find…
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Sunday 9 October 2011
Music

interview: elizabeth!

Christine Campbell
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I first listened to elizabeth!‘s fresh mix of jazz and pop about three weeks ago thanks to our friends over at FeelingAnxious, and immediately, I was taken with her unique, catchy and refreshing sound — a jazz vocalist and a trombonist in a world of pop stars and rockers really makes her mark. elizabeth!‘s new…
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Sunday 2 October 2011
Music

q&a: ian axel

Christine Campbell
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As you are aware, I saw Ian Axel perform at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom in the first week of September. However, I had sent these interview questions prior to seeing his live show — sometimes, that’s just how it goes — so it was interesting to see how he answered these in the context of his…
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Wednesday 28 September 2011
Music

live music review: CALLmeKAT, rockwood music hall, 15 september 2011

Christine Campbell
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When I was approached to cover CALLmeKAT, moniker of Danish low-fi pop songstress Katrine Ottossen, the first video I watched was “Bug in a Web”, which helped her make a big splash South by Southwest this past year. From that video, you can immediately see that Kat is a beautiful, soft-spoken, feminine woman who is making music…
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Sunday 11 September 2011
Music

live music review: ian axel, bowery ballroom, 6 september 2011

Christine Campbell
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Every once in a while, you hear a piece of pop music that really excites you. I am not talking about the kind of typical pop music that circulates on the radio and into your head until it becomes maddening (the compositional similarity between “Super Bass” and “Teenage Dream” comes to mind). I am talking…
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Sunday 4 September 2011
Music

Beyoncé’s Pregnancy: What it Means to Me

Christine Campbell
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When thinking about what to review this week, I realized I should probably write about the topic I’ve been singularly obsessed with since Sunday. Beyoncé Knowles is pregnant, and Jay-Z is the father. This baby, nicknamed “Baby Bey-Z” by the most culturally aware, is poised to have the most access to anything cool ever that…
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Sunday 28 August 2011
Music

accidental live music review: the morning after girls, public assembly, 24 august 2011

Christine Campbell
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Most of the time I am furious about several things out of my control in regards to living in New York City – sometimes the trains just don’t work, most of the time the weather is atrocious (like this weekend, there’s some hurricane set to destroy the world), and almost all the time I hate…
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Wednesday 24 August 2011
Music

album review: elixir featuring katie noonan, first seed ripening

Christine Campbell
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I was really excited to hear First Seed Ripening, the LP from Elixir featuring Katie Noonan when Dunja first asked me to review the album because it was made clear to me that Katie Noonan is a big deal in Australia. I had never heard of her or of the band and I quickly found…
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Sunday 14 August 2011
Music

live music review: bon iver, prospect park, 10 august 2011

Christine Campbell
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On August 10, 2011, I headed to Prospect Park (my favorite Brooklyn venue) for a sold out Bon Iver show. This band, led by the sensitive “bear hipster” falsetto-voiced Justin Vernon, has been one of my favorites for a couple years now. I was drawn in by the overall intensity of 2007’s For Emma, Forever…
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Sunday 7 August 2011
Music

live music review: sufjan stevens, prospect park, 2 august 2011

Christine Campbell
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Back in November, I saw Sufjan Stevens for the first time, when he was on tour supporting his 2010 radically electronic masterpiece The Age of Adz. The show was in a seated New York City theatre, which strangely confined the audience for the mostly exuberant celebration of life and art and space and everything good that is that…
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Wednesday 27 July 2011
Music

live music review: animal collective, prospect park, 12 july 2011

Christine Campbell
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Or: ‘Animal Collective, Prospect Park + the future of Indie Music: The State I’m In’. One of the better bands of my generation has to be Animal Collective. They are to indie music what The Doors are to classic rock. Over the past decade, Avey Tare (David Portner), Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), Deakin (Josh Dibb)…
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Friday 15 July 2011
Featured Music

album review: lisa brigantino, wonder wheel

Christine Campbell
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Sometime within the past month, I received a really interesting package in my makeshift Brooklyn mailbox. Considering that I am used to getting bills, random cards from my parents and a weekly subscription to TV Guide even though I don’t have a TV (thanks Nana!), this package was certainly out of the ordinary. On the front…
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Friday 8 July 2011
Music

album review: lower dens, twin-hand movement

Christine Campbell
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On Friday, July 1, 2011, I braved one of the biggest tourist traps in New York City, the South Street Seaport, for the free Dirty Beaches and Lower Dens show as part of the River to River Festival. Yes, you read correctly – it was free. The reason New York puts on so many awesome…
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