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Music, <i>Beware</i> of the real Will Oldham

Beware of the real Will Oldham

Will Oldham masks his feelings with a thick beard, a devilish grin, and a stage persona known as Bonnie "Prince" Billy. The 38-year-old songwriter makes no apologies about the fact that Bonnie is an act, a vehicle for his music…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sprang Time

Sprang Time

Cheerful spring treats eventually sneak up on even the most morose: You see a cherry blossom, and you're feeling better, period. Silky air, tender greens, and longer days are undepressing. So go with it, and reward yourself still further by…
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Music, Old Soul in Stereo

Old Soul in Stereo

Will Oldham's contributions to the American songbook have maintained a steady, scraggly, sublime output since the early '90s. Though Oldham has left behind the Palace, Palace Music, and Palace Brothers monikers with which he began his musical career, he still…
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Film, North by Northwest

North by Northwest

A dozen years ago, Kelly Reichardt made her feature debut with a wonderfully desultory, nearly avant-garde riff on the last romantic couple. Reichardt's River of Grass was a comic, slacker Bonnie and Clyde, set on the edge of the Everglades.…
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Music, Reviewed Tortoise and Bonnie "Prince" Billy

Tortoise and Bonnie "Prince" Billy

Will Oldham (aka Bonnie "Prince" Billy) isn't someone you'd necessarily associate with "fun," so the opening tracks on The Brave and the Bold, an engaging collection of cover songs recorded with Tortoise, are a welcome surprise. Oldham tackles Milton Nascimento's…
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Music, Reviewed Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Matt Sweeney

Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Matt Sweeney

On this superb collaboration, Matt Sweeney and Will Oldham play ballads with the intimacy of bunkmates, conjuring a parched farm where panther-girls and man-donkeys toil, love, and spank one another. The sweet, absurd imagery would sound cloying in most hands,…
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Music, Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody

It was cold so we bundled up to keep warm, saw our breath float into darkness when we stepped outside for fresh air, really fresh air, scents of sea salt and beach wood. This was a year ago. We were…
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Music, Reviewed Little Wings

Little Wings

Some musicians are more accurately understood by their ZIP codes than a list of like-minded peers. It's true of Kyle Field's quiet, five-year career as Little Wings. Though Field might be filed alongside Will Oldham or M. Ward, his tributes…
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Music, Reviewed Fog


The definition of hip hop has grown roomier than a puffy parka over the years, making space for clean-lined beatboxing, jazzbo noodling, "conscious" polemicizing, thugged-out terrorizing, and a hundred other forms. But perhaps no one has come up with a…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Night & Day

Wednesday June 30 Arrivederci, Roma Who's covering the pope while NPR foreign correspondent Sylvia Poggioli's in town? While many of her dispatches have come from Rome, with church bells pealing in the distance, Poggioli was most recently assigned to Eastern…
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Palace "You Have Cum in Your Hair and Your Dick Is Hanging Out" is not a song title that anybody's going to be line-dancing to anytime soon, but then, Palace's Will Oldham isn't your typical eager-to-please country artist. A self-styled…
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