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Music, Of Montreal’s tantric shape-shifting

Of Montreal’s tantric shape-shifting

Kevin Barnes is a centaur. Or, at least, he plays one for a few minutes onstage each night with his polymorphic pop sextet Of Montreal. Dressing as a partly nude stallion is just one way Barnes and his hallucinatory Athens,…
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Music, Breaking the Seal

Breaking the Seal

The most enduring albums and films allow you to identify with strong central characters. In both mediums, the narrators can gain public empathy by showing they're fallible in ways that are defiant without being standoffishly defensive. The recent releases by…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Emo bands don't simply die -- they issue earnest statements on their Web sites announcing their impending (nonacrimonious) breakup, do a farewell tour to give fans that One Last Night of extra-cathartic rock, and then they die. Kinda like a…
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Music, Barnes Storming

Barnes Storming

The Canadian native with the medical condition was angry, and Of Montreal frontman Kevin Barnes had no one to blame but himself. The girl had come out to see Barnes' band in New York, thinking she was supporting musicians from…
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The House of Tudor

Long before Talvin Singh was applauded for integrating his musical heritage into club culture DJ Cheb i Sabbah had been uniting songs by tempo rather than by genre or nationality. As far back as 1964, when Sabbah was spinning in…
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