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Diamanda's Valentine's Day Massacre

Friday, February 09, 2007

Avant-garde composer and vocalist Diamanda Galás brings her “Valentine’s Day Massacre” to the Knitting Factory in New York City later this week. The concert is billed as a “spellbinding night of tragic and homicidal love songs.” Enough said. Produced by Trey Kay.

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Andy Kaufman Comes of Age

Friday, January 26, 2007

Andy Kaufman's blend of comedy and performance art involved making up strange, annoying characters and staying in character, even beyond the walls of the TV studio. His routines bewildered audiences in the '70s and '80s. But with performers like Sasha Baron Cohen, Stephen Colbert and Sarah Silverman, the world has ...

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Rotary Downs

Friday, January 26, 2007

New Orleans is famous worldwide for its R&B, brass bands, piano players – not its indie rockers! The band Rotary Downs doesn’t sound like the New Orleans we’re used to, but their music still captures the anger and melancholy of the city now. They join Kurt in ...

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New Orleans Comedy

Friday, January 26, 2007

In a city struggling to get back on its feet, the stand-up comedy scene in New Orleans is also making a surprising comeback. We sent Gregory Warner down to see what people are finding to laugh at.

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Lee Hazlewood

Friday, January 19, 2007

The songwriter Lee Hazlewood just released his last album, Cake or Death. Hazlewood has had many ups and downs in his half-century career, and lately his music has become popular with rock musicians young enough to be his grandkids. Produced by Michael Raphael.

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Lisa Germano

Friday, January 19, 2007

Lisa Germano is not your typical female singer-songwriter. Sure, her voice is breathy, and a lot of her songs are confessional and melancholy -- but there's something slightly scary and weird about her work. Kurt Andersen chats with Germano in between songs from her latest album In ...

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Ben Kweller

Friday, January 12, 2007

At age 14 he was fronting a punk band and on his way to a major record deal. Now a wise man of 25, Ben Kweller's music is full of lush melodies and minor-key lyrics. He came into the studio to play some songs and talk about ...

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Tom Stoppard

Friday, December 08, 2006

A 9-hour theatrical trilogy about 19th century Russian intellectuals could probably only be pulled off by Tom Stoppard. The British playwright manages to mix big ideas with wit, wordplay, and slap-stick humor. Kurt spoke with Stoppard about his trilogy The Coast of Utopia, which just made its ...

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(A Not So) Very Young Dancer

Friday, December 08, 2006

At the school of the Boston Ballet there are some dedicated students who will never land a part in the Nutcracker. They're grown-ups who attend class several times a week, but have no hope of dancing professionally. Diane Toomey is one of them, and she told ...

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Robyn Hitchcock

Friday, December 01, 2006

In his thirty year career as a musician, Robyn Hitchcock has become a cult favorite. From leading the New Wave band The Soft Boys to his own solo career as a surrealist folk-singer, Robyn has mixed whimsy with serious song-writing craft. His new band is called

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Moby

Friday, November 17, 2006

Pop culture's favorite vegan, Moby, has been producing beautiful, catchy music, and lots of it, for well over a decade. He's just released a new album, Go: The Very Best of Moby, and he joins Kurt to talk about the ubiquity of his music, and why he feels ...

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Courtney Love

Friday, November 10, 2006

Rock star, movie actress, widow of Kurt Cobain - Courtney Love has been attached to a number of labels over the years. At the age of 42, she is trying to put all that hard living behind her. Her new book Dirty Blonde: The Diaries of Courtney ...

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Jerry Douglas

Friday, November 10, 2006

The dobro guitar is often used in the movies to quickly establish a feeling of rustic, timeless America. But it's actually a modern invention, and a surprisingly versatile instrument. Jerry Douglas is the instrument's master, and he's played with the likes of Dolly Parton, James Taylor, Allison ...

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Hell House

Friday, October 27, 2006

Every year around Halloween, thousands of Americans go to their churches to meet the devil. These "Hell Houses" - designed by Pastor Keenan Roberts - are kind of like haunted houses, but each room gruesomely displays the consequences of sin. Now a secular group of artists and actors have staged ...

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A Scarier Skeleton

Friday, October 27, 2006

Jack Handey worries that he's going to leave behind just another ho-hum skeleton buried in the ground. He offers a few tips on how to make your skeleton live up to its reputation.

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Amy Sedaris

Friday, October 20, 2006

Imagine if Martha Stewart downed a few highballs and went to town on recipes from Betty Crocker --- you'll begin to get a sense of Amy Sedaris's new book. I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence seems to be a spoof of classic entertaining manuals from the ...

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Kathleen Mock

Friday, October 13, 2006

Alabama native Kathleen Mock is celebrating her 20th year performing on subway platforms. Playing in the subway lets her work on her songwriting: she can sing the same verse over and over for a constantly changing audience. And it pays better than playing the clubs. Produced by ...

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Sean Lennon

Friday, October 06, 2006

Sean Lennon

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My Name is Rachel Corrie

Friday, October 06, 2006

The stateside arrival of My Name Is Rachel Corrie, which transfers from London to New York this week, is generating a lot of buzz, mostly because of the tricky politics attached to it. The play has a distinctly pro-Palestinian viewpoint, but it isn’t about Israelis and Palestinians. It’s the true ...

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The Shakespeare Wars

Friday, October 06, 2006

Ferocious debates and exciting discoveries are still in progress about the man generally regarded as the best writer to ever take on the English language. Ron Rosenbaum, author of The Shakespeare Wars, explains to Kurt Andersen why these debates aren’t much ado about nothing.

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