The Great Gatsby

Prairie Pop: The sound of money

Carey Mulligan has always wanted a killer line. In a 2009 interview with the New York Times, she wondered where all the good lines had gone, the ones she remembered from a youth spent watching family ...

On the Beat: Will rock for food

In February 1852, John Sullivan Dwight, a transcendentalist and graduate of Harvard Divinity School, decided to start a music magazine. In a pamphlet outlining his ideas, he wrote that his journal wou...

On the Beat: Counting down

Seemingly no one hates Counting Crows more than Guided by Voices frontman Robert Pollard. An oft-cited gem from his 2005 stage-banter album, Relaxation of the Asshole, goes something like this: “I wan...

On the Beat: Summer earcation

In his 1992 book A Sound Education, Canadian composer and theorist Murray Schafer made this observation about contemporary life and listening: “As people have moved to cities over the past ce...

On the Beat: F’n A, It’s May!

On May 1, 1965, at an annual celebration in Prague, Allen Ginsberg was crowned the King of May. The tradition of May Day and its royalty was founded back in who-knows-when for reasons of who-knows-wha...

On the Beat: It's Raining Shows

In Langston Hughes' 1921 poem “April Rain Song,” the thing that everyone hates about April--its big problem--is instead turned into a point of celebration, ending with the lines, “The rain plays a lit...

DeVotchKa

Saturday, April 1 – First United Methodist Church – $20 Beyond some of the common descriptors–Balearic-folk, gypsy-punk–Denver’s DeVotchKa is best understood as a theatrical ba...