August 7, 2005 |
SUFJAN STEVENS and his six backing musicians are wearing identical green T-shirts emblazoned with the words "Come on Feel the Illinoise" as they play a short set of his songs for a Southern California audience. The question is, why synchronize the wardrobe when they're performing on the radio? "I think it just helps us to feel kind of unified," Stevens says after the recent performance on KCRW-FM's "Morning Becomes Eclectic" program. "It puts us in the attitude of respect for our audience.
June 7, 2009
What's on your summer reading list? Maybe you've got it all worked out already, but if you don't, here are 60 possibilities, arranged by the months in which they'll be published -- the best of this summer's forthcoming reads. -- JUNE And Then There's This How Stories Live and Die in Viral Culture By Bill Wasik Viking A snapshot of our information age's frenzied metamorphosis.
February 15, 2004 |
In a bohemian stretch of Sunset Boulevard that winds through Silver Lake, there's a stereo repair shop with an exterior that seems, for some, oddly familiar: The coiling red and blue lines on its external wall served as the cover for an album by a battered troubadour named Elliott Smith, a Los Angeles musician who at the time of the record's release, in 2000, was one of pop's bright lights -- someone who combined dark, sometimes self-lacerating lyrics with melody inspired by the British