360 Staff Pick: State of Play

Thursday, April 15, 2010

 

The movie starring Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck doesn’t hold a candle to the gripping BBC series on which it was based.  A newspaper investigates the death of a young woman, uncovering layer after layer of intrigue in the process. The plot is watertight and ...

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The Ultimate Mixtape

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

I recently discovered The Messengers, the amazing remix project by hip hop artist K'NAAN and producer J.Period. The collection is a tribute to musical greats Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, and Bob Dylan. On the track 'Messengers and Prophets,' K'NAAN explains why he chose the artists: 'Who has ...

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Next to Normal Wins a Pulitzer

Monday, April 12, 2010

A rock musical about a bipolar suburban housewife?  Admit it, you doubted the success of “Next to Normal” too.  But 11 Tony nominations (3 wins) and 400+ performances later, the show is still rocking.  And it just won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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Sonos Sings ... Near You!

Monday, April 12, 2010

The rich harmonies and ultra-contemporary arrangements of Sonos bring a cappella singing to a level those guys in the striped vests and boater hats never could have dreamed of.

Don't know Sonos? You're in for a treat. The L.A.-based sextet visited Studio 360 last fall to talk with ...

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Celluloid Speculation

Friday, April 09, 2010

Hollywood is no stranger to stories of Wall Street: from references to the Depression in the classic Gold Diggers, to botched commodities trading in 1983's Trading Places, to Oliver Stone's Wall Street 2, due out later this year.  Now it seems investors are ...

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360 Staff Pick: MGMT Goes All In

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

 The electro-rock duo MGMT (Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden) has reinvented itself on their sophomore effort, Congratulations, which comes out next Tuesday, April 13.

Just when I thought nothing could be weirder than the cover art of the new album (a two-headed chimpanzee ...

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Poetic License

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

April is National Poetry Month, and I just stumbled across a great way to celebrate.  Poetic License is an ambitious project that pairs 100 poems with 100 actors, many of them Broadway stars.  The result is a captivating, sometimes surprising synthesis of voice and verse.  Here ...

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Eavesdrop on Jimmy Cliff’s Existence

Monday, April 05, 2010

Last month, one of reggae’s founding fathers, Jimmy Cliff, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. On this week's show, Kurt talked with Jimmy about his long, illustrious career and whether he had plans to retire soon; to which Jimmy replied, “Oh ...

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What the Guards Saw

Friday, April 02, 2010

It turns out that the guards at the Metropolitan Museum of Art have a lot more to say than 'The bathrooms are down the hall and to the left.'

Many of them are artists in their own right. There's a show up at the new 25CPW ...

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The New Ladies of Hip-Hop

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Hip-hop gets a bad rap for being male-dominated and misogynist.  But female MCs have been on the cutting edge of hip-hop since the beginning. The 80's saw outspoken artists like MC Lyte, J.J. Fad, Salt-n-Pepa, Queen Latifah; in the 90's we had Missy Elliott, Eve, and Lauryn Hill. If you ...

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Thieves Thwarted!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Need a hit of good news? How about this story out of Montreal last week:  a Paul Klee painting stolen in 1989 —that's 21 years ago!—was recovered and returned. 'Portrait in the Garden' (below), valued at $100,000, was stolen from New York's Marlborough Gallery.

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The Large Hadron Collider Is a Smash Hit

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

After 15 years and several false starts, the Large Hadron Collider research program has finally begun.  Early this morning, 3300 feet below the Swiss-French border near Geneva, it successfully smashed two protons at record-setting energies.

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360 Staff Pick: Fever Ray

Monday, March 29, 2010

First there was the Knife, the Swedish Electronic duo of brother and sister Karin and Anders Dreijer.  Now there's Fever Ray. Last year sister Karin went her own way (as she’s been known to do) and formed a new band. Fever Ray's self-titled album is full of dark Scandinavian incantations and it is spectacular. ...

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360 Staff Pick: Kid Sister goes Ultraviolet

Friday, March 26, 2010

 

 

The prize for best booty-shakin' performance of SXSW in Austin last week goes to Chicago rapper Kid Sister.  Her first single, 'Pro Nails' (featuring Kanye West), is just the tip of iceberg. Ultraviolet takes the best of high-energy 80s dance hip-hop and shoots it ...

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Asperger's Gets Prime-Time Attention

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Last week on Studio 360, we explored how arts and creativity can teach us about autism.  And last year, Kurt talked with Pulitzer Prize-winning music critic Tim Page whose Asperger’s Syndrome wasn’t diagnosed until he turned 40.  For others, it may go undiagnosed for a lifetime. ...

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Masterpiece Theater: Laptop Edition

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

We all know that the Internet has its drawbacks. (Why do I know that Sandra Bullock's husband cheated on her?  Why does a certain relatives think I enjoy videos of kittens?)  But its power to aggregate—pulling material from across time and around the world—can still knock your socks off.  I ...

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360 Staff Pick: Don't Cry

Monday, March 22, 2010

In her new collection of short stories, now out in paperback, Mary Gaitskill plumbs the depths of her characters' hearts and minds. As always, her insight into their behavior is spot-on.  When Gaitskill induces cringing, it's only because her characters' actions ring so true.

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Teatro Indocumentado

Friday, March 19, 2010

Last fall, Andrew Stelzer went to Iowa for Studio 360 to tell the story of a unique amateur theater group, Teatro Indocumentado.

The group formed in the aftermath of the largest immigration raid at a single site in United States history. In May 2008 Federal Immigration ...

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#1 Indie Rocker

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Like Michael Jackson, Alex Chilton hit it big young, charting #1 with "The Letter" before he could vote. But Chilton was not like Jackson. His most serious effort at stardom, the early-70s Big Star, never went mainstream; the songs were too innocent, too authentically teenage - the sex ...

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Cure for Cabin Fever

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Rather abruptly, an icy, slushy, uncommonly frigid winter has melted into blue skies and mellow sunshine. In New York, we're taking advantage of the thaw to head to the High Line.

The High Line is the ...

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