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Calendar, Night&Day Ethereal, Meet Earthly

Ethereal, Meet Earthly

If you have seen Antony & the Johnsons’ video for the song “Epilepsy Is Dancing,” you have already begun to glean the lush aesthetic of Mexico-born artists Tino Rodriguez and Virgo Paraiso: an opulent fantasy world filled with carnivorous flowers,…
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Music, Antony and the Johnsons' mysteries require few definite answers

Antony and the Johnsons' mysteries require few definite answers

No matter how much you've got it all figured out, your first encounter with the androgynous leader of the exquisitely sincere chamber-pop outfit Antony and the Johnsons could give serious pause. Even Lou Reed, upon first getting a load of…
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Music, Reviewed Antony and the Johnsons

Antony and the Johnsons

Rock 'n' roll or linguistics? It's hard to say where Antony and the Johnsons' larger contribution lies. Mastermind Antony Hegarty's gift to music is his songbook, which is the most emotionally naked in indie rock. But perhaps more impressive is…
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Music, Reviewed Antony and the Johnsons

Antony and the Johnsons

Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons has an uncanny ability to make misery sound positively fabulous. On his sixth EP, Another World, he continues flaunting this talent, relying primarily on his distinct voice and a lone piano to express…
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Music, Bouncer

Feeling a little bit country at Pissed Off Pete's

My friend who works at Rhapsody.com was compiling a list of the most depressing albums of all time and asked for my input. On its face, this seems fairly easy. But once I started actually thinking about it, I realized…
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Music, Hear This Hercules and Hipster-Disco

Hercules and Hipster-Disco

Hercules & Love Affair is the sleek retro-futuristic vehicle for New York DJ Andrew Butler's supremely animated dance-pop. On the project's self-titled, DFA-assisted debut, Butler is joined by a small stable of guest vocalists, most notably Antony Hegarty of Antony…
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Music, Reviewed Basia Bulat

Basia Bulat

Think of Basia Bulat as one woman's answer to Antony and the Johnsons. The honeyed melodies and romantic melancholia contrived by the Canadian songwriter echo New York's premier chamber crooner in cinematic peaks and minimal valleys. Her song "Snakes and…
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Music, House of Tudor House of Tudor

House of Tudor

When viewing a picture of a lithe, pointy-nosed fairy with Asiatic eyes or a smarmy leprechaun spinning on his head while balancing a pickax on his index finger, most Californians born after 1970 will probably recognize the work of Brian…
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