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Kembrew McLeod

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Nov 15, 2012

wHat'S tHat SouND?This fall's Dirty Three show at Gabe's inspired at least one intergenerational noise-rock collaboration. My son Alasdair turns two next month, and lately he has been immersing himself...

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Oct 11, 2012

At the beginning of his professional boxing career, Cassius Clay was primarily known for winning an Olympic gold medal and possessing a loud mouth. Most sportswriters hated him, especially the...

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Sep 5, 2012

Did you ever hear about the “Paul is Dead” rumor, involving the Beatles’ Paul McCartney? Did you know it originated in Iowa? Back in 1969, news spread that he died...

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Aug 20, 2012

The West Memphis Three were tried and convicted for Satanic murder, but only guilty of loving metal. In 1993, three second grade boys were murdered in West Memphis, Arkansas—a deeply...

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Jul 2, 2012

Tim Hecker checks the sound at First United Methodist Church before his 2012 Mission Creek Festival performance in Iowa City. (Photos by Bill Adams) So, you are a composer and...

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | May 11, 2012

  Early in Andy Kaufman’s career, the comedic performance artist sometimes opened for musicians—including, implausibly, schlock-popper Barry Manilow and R&B greats the Temptations. The latter group’s predominantly black fan base...

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Apr 11, 2012

Angelo Moore of Fishbone (circa 1990) in Charlottesville, VA I made it out of the ‘80s, ‘90s, and ‘00s without a single tattoo, but if I did get inked, it...

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Mar 12, 2012

Strange Powers documentary screening: Mar. 21 // 8 p.m. // Englert Theatre // FREE The Magnetic Fields, the brainchild of pop prodigy Stephin Merritt, hold a unique place in my...

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Feb 9, 2012

Korla Pandit“Come with us through melody to the four corners of the earth,” the KTLA station announcer said as a mysterious man mesmerized viewers with a blissful gaze. “Hear music...

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Dec 14, 2011

Professional wrestler Gorgeous GeorgeProfessional wrestler Gorgeous George, the self-proclaimed “beautiful” showman, was a man out of time. Few entertainers—or anyone, for that matter—can claim such an eclectic and iconic list...

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Nov 7, 2011

Rarely has a lowly rock critic altered the course of popular music history, but Chuck Eddy did. Perhaps that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but bear with me. Back in...

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Oct 17, 2011

Kembrew McLeod sits down with Public Enemy's Chuck D and Hank Shocklee.

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Sep 4, 2011

The Tape-beatles practice plagiarism as an art form. The group, founded in 1987, adopted techniques and ideas from concrete music to create a musical project intended to have broader appeal....

Posted by Kembrew McLeod | Aug 1, 2011

Photo by Benjamin Franzen My editor assigned me to find out, in his words, “Is the Pitchfork Music Festival still fun?” As luck would have it, I’ve been perfecting an...