Backstage.com

How Web Series Prepare You For Bigger, Better Work

Reality television has long been ripe for parody, especially from those eager to make it on YouTube and rake in the page hits. For creative cohorts Dan Schimpf and Alex Anfanger, a fruitful way to riff on that undying TV fad was to almost completely disregard its formula. “We love big genre pieces and great characters, huge scenes and big ideas,” says Schimpf, director and co-writer of “Next time On Lonny,” the duo’s Web series that—over its two seasons—delivers all of the above. “Next Time On
BrooklynVegan

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds played Prospect Park with Devendra Banhart & Nicole Atkins (pics & setlist)

As self-aware as the Bad Seeds' Vegas-styled image has become, Nick Cave is still running on the primal engines that hatched The Boys Next Door. Last year's leg of the Push the Sky Away tour canonized many of that album's fragile ballads, which were all bolstered through the Bad Seeds' live rigor. Consider their 2014 tour a victory lap, yielding the potent fruits of that labor. Their show Saturday night (7/26) at the Prospect Park Bandshell was another round of hits...
BiblioSmiles

New Words, Old Ways, & Inky Fingers

I’ve always wanted an attic. More specifically, I’ve always wanted a neglected room with pristine — if not a little scratched and dusty — old stuff hidden in it, conveniently located somewhere in my own home. The promise of living history, if only sleeping in a heap somewhere a wall or two away, is enough to get the best of my imagination. As a kid, the eaves of my house scratched that itch. I’d regularly excavate one off of my grandma’s den, crawling over plastic tubs as I pried their lids ajar
BrooklynVegan

Queens of the Stone Age played Brooklyn Masonic Temple, announce more tour dates (dates, setlist, & live video)

Josh Homme and his fellow Queens of the Stone Age supposedly went through their fair share of strife while writing their latest LP, ...Like Clockwork. You wouldn't know it by their new live shows. Friday night's "secret" gig at Brooklyn Masonic Temple found Homme and the current incarnation of the band as sharp as ever, maintaining their customary onslaught of mighty desert riffs. Even a relatively tidied-up, buzz-cut Homme still retained his fiendish Lizard Prince rock star persona...