Anne Paglia

Critical Voices: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, <i>Wrong Creatures</i>

Critical Voices: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Wrong Creatures


Art can find purpose by offering cultural commentary, and the possibilities to do so abound in today’s sociopolitical climate. But instead of capitalizing on the issues, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club continues to skirt them. Nothing more than another inside-the-box rock album, Wrong Creatures is a 59-minute bland and timeworn ride that fails to make any…

Carrying On: Selective Memories on Thanksgiving

Carrying On: Selective Memories on Thanksgiving


“Our smallest Thanksgiving yet.” My dad’s gaze fell from the webcam, and my stomach dropped along with it, sunk by guilt. A hemisphere away, my chair would be one of those subtracted from the dining room table. My sister, I was told, would make the pie this year. He listed the guests while I did…

Critical Voices: Arcade Fire, <i>Everything Now</i>

Critical Voices: Arcade Fire, Everything Now


During the past few months, there were indications that Arcade Fire was nearing the brink of a 2007-Britney-Spears style meltdown. In addition to developing a tendency to refer to their band in the third person on Twitter, Arcade Fire pulled a series of bizarre promotional stunts, like emailing concertgoers about show dress codes and advertising…

The Weekly List: Coming to the District, Fall 2017

The Weekly List: Coming to the District, Fall 2017


  Thinking about dropping serious cash on overpriced tickets to see the Foo Fighters (The Anthem, October 12) and Lady Gaga (Verizon Center, November 19) this fall? Considering seeing one of these underrated artists instead to spare yourself the debt and disappointment. 1. Lucy Dacus: “Map on a Wall”  Listening to this song, it’s hard…

Concert Review: Jack Johnson

Concert Review: Jack Johnson


During Jack Johnson’s performance at the Merriweather Pavillion on June 11, one thing became clear: Johnson is a far cry from the typical, moody rockstar. If his modest amble toward the microphone and charming opening remarks, “How you guys doing? You look good,” were not convincing enough, one only needed to look to the energy-saving…

Concert Preview: Jack Johnson, June 11, Merriweather Post Pavilion

Concert Preview: Jack Johnson, June 11, Merriweather Post Pavilion


As part of his North America Summer Tour, singer-songwriter Jack Johnson will be performing at Merriweather Post Pavilion on June 11. The summer tour will be Johnson’s first full-length tour since 2014. The Hawaii native and surfer-turned-musician is known for his mellow vocals and acoustic accompaniments. Setlists from the first stops on the tour reveal that…

Hook, Line, and Slasher: <i>Hookman</i> is Terrific and Terrifying

Hook, Line, and Slasher: Hookman is Terrific and Terrifying


By spilling forth everything meant to be contained in the fragile receptacles of human bodies—blood, guts, brains, you name it—the slasher genre appeals to the perverse in people. Hookman, the latest production by the Black Theatre Ensemble, does just that, but with a culturally conscious twist. Written by Lauren Yee, Hookman sheds more than blood…

CV: The Shins, <i>Heartworms</i>

CV: The Shins, Heartworms


The Shins have never been a band to take risks. After accomplishing the impossible by striking a remarkably original, balanced, and mature sound on their first record, growth seemed both unnecessary and improbable. Heartworms, the band’s first release in five years, gives weight to this sentiment. Despite being a dutiful continuation of The Shins’ traditional…

CV: The Orwells, <i>Terrible Human Beings</i>

CV: The Orwells, Terrible Human Beings


At first glance, Terrible Human Beings, The Orwells’ latest album, has all the makings of a cult classic. The title is shameless, the cover art screams 90’s alternative with its platinum-blonde Uma Thurman look-a-like, and the track list promises chaos with songs like “They Put A Body In The Bayou” and “M.A.D.” All of these…

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