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October 2009

Event Reviews

Juliette Lewis

Juliette Lewis jettisons the Licks for a new bid at solo stardom. Jen Cray sees how she handles the spotlight all to herself.

Miike Snow

Miike Snow treats Chicago fans, including our own Chris Catania, to an early Halloween show.

Night and Day: A Cole Porter Evening

As the men and beasts gathered in the cool evening to hear the strains of Cole Porter's music, Cindy Barrymore was struck by how elegant it all seemed.

Psychedelic Furs

Happy Mondays and Psychedelic Furs rock an Orlando audience filled with aging Gen-Xers, and all is well.

Staind

Staind challenges the foundation of Chicago's Congress Theater. Cindy Barrymore dons her helmet and boots and marches deep into the trenches.

Strung Out

Strung Out gives standard Orlando fare a run for its money, abusing, shredding, and grinding the hell out of every inch of The Social's stage to fans' delight.

The 69 Eyes

Self-proclaimed "Helsinki Vampires" The 69 Eyes delivered an amazing, high octane performance at Orlando's Social.

The Sounds

The Sounds bring an ear-pleasing mix of alt-pop gems and a hefty dose of star power to Orlando's House of Blues.

U2

U2 packs the biggest rock show in history into The Spaceship and takes it on the road to touch the hearts of 75,000 fans in Tampa and outer space. Jen Cray laughs, she cries.

Interviews

Gary Giddins

After thirty years, music critic Gary Giddins is still listening, still watching, and still... writing a multi-volume biography of your grandma's favorite crooner, Bing Crosby? Ink 19 sat down with Giddins to talk about the shape of jazz to come.

Lullatone

Musical duos have become their own genre, much in the same way the Beatles helped define the bass, drums, guitars rock quartet. Matthew Moyer looks inside the husband/wife duo of Lullatone to explore the seriousness of toy instruments and just how much babies love Busta Rhymes.

ZE Records

Kicking off Ink 19's new series, Labels We Love, S D Green talks to ZE Records co-founder Michel Esteban about defining a sound and establishing a label during New York's 1970s creative zeitgeist, and the resurrection of the label that was once home to Lydia Lunch, Suicide, and Kid Creole & the Coconuts.

Music Reviews

Ace Frehley

Anomaly (Bronx Born Records). Review by Christopher Long.

Eddy Current Suppression Ring

Eddy Current Suppression Ring (Goner Records). Review by Jen Cray.

Hawk and a Hacksaw

Délivrance (Leaf Label). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Colin Hay

Topanga (Compass). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Himalaya

Himalaya. Review by Matthew Moyer.

John Vanderslice

Romanian Names (Dead Oceans). Review by Eric J. Iannelli.

Julian Plenti

Julian Plenti is...Skyscraper (Matador). Review by Kiran Aditham.

July For Kings

Monochrome (Self-released). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughan

In Session (Concord Music Group / Stax). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Lightning Dust

Infinite Light (JagJaguwar). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Magic Wands

Magic Love and Dreams. Review by Matthew Moyer.

Mindy Smith

Stupid Love (Vanguard Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Mt. Eerie

Wind's Poem (PW Elverum and Son). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Nickodemus

Sun People (ESL Music). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Nitin Sawhney

London Undersound (E1 Entertainment). Review by Kiran Aditham.

Or, the Whale

Or, the Whale (Seany Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Oscar G

DJ (Nervous Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Place To Bury Strangers

Exploding Head (Mute). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Stryper

Murder by Pride (Big 3 Records). Review by Christopher Long.

The Da Vincis

See You Tonight (Olympic Records). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Trevor Hall

Trevor Hall (Vanguard Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Funny People

Funny People - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Concord Music Group). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Xasthur

All Reflections Drained (Hydrahead). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Yo La Tengo

Popular Songs (Matador Records). Review by Laura Pontillo.

Music E

The Ettes

Danger Is EP (Take Root). Review by Jen Cray.

Music H

Colin Hay

Transcendental Highway (Lazy Eye America / Compass). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music T

Frank Turner

Poetry of the Dead (Epitaph). Review by Jen Cray.

Print Reviews

The Death of Bunny Munro

Nick Cave captures a side of east Sussex that you'll never see on travel posters in this novel that Carl F Gauze likens to Death of a Salesman for the 21st Century.

The Comic Book Podcast Companion

An online review of a book of people talking about people talking about comics online. Carl F Gauze slams into a postmodern wall.

Screen Reviews

Paranormal Activity

Ten years after the premiere of the creepily innovative The Blair Witch Project, another super-low budget indie horror flick scares the bejesus out of critic Julie Haverkate with just a homemade video and slight supernatural effects. So what happens when you sleep? Paranormal Activity, that's what.

Punching the Clown

A moderately talented singer gets a reasonably bad recording deal and maybe a so-so girlfriend in Henry Phillips' saucily-titled indie film.

TV is My Parent

Have you ever heard a potty-mouthed 12-year-old with a voice like an angel? Tim Wardyn is convinced he has.