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21 items by Douglas Wolk

  • Paul McCartney Celebrates Fifth Anniversary of the Beatles 'Love' Show

    Paul McCartney Celebrates Fifth Anniversary of the Beatles 'Love' Show | ARTICLE

    The crowds by the barriers at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas were already forming by early Wednesday afternoon for the fifth anniversary performance of Cirque du Soleil's Beatles show Love – and for the...

    June 9, 2011 2:10 PM ET
  • Colin Meloy Reveals Details of New Decemberists Album

    Colin Meloy Reveals Details of New Decemberists Album | ARTICLE

    Most of The King Is Dead—the Decemberists album that's due out Jan. 18—was made over the course of six weeks at Pendarvis Farm, an 80-acre site east of Portland, Ore. that also hosts the annual music festival...

    November 4, 2010 8:14 AM ET
  • You Are Not Alone

    You Are Not Alone | ALBUM REVIEW

    For You Are Not Alone, gospel-soul legend Mavis Staples found an unlikely collaborator: Wilco's Jeff Tweedy. As producer, Tweedy uses the template of Rick Rubin's work with Johnny Cash: Get the star back to basics, remake a...

    September 13, 2010 3:00 PM ET
  • 
The Genius of Harvey Pekar

    The Genius of Harvey Pekar | ARTICLE

    A lot of people know that Harvey Pekar, who died on Monday at the age of 70, was an important figure in American comics; not nearly as many people know why, exactly. He was arguably less famous...

    June 13, 2010 1:19 PM ET
  • Alan Ball Spills "True Blood" Secrets

    Alan Ball Spills "True Blood" Secrets | ARTICLE

    Alan Ball began the True Blood panel Saturday afternoon at Comic-Con by holding up a very familiar-looking bottle and announcing that "True Blood, the drink, is a reality now." In lieu of actual synthetic blood, it's a...

    July 27, 2009 8:25 AM ET
  • James Cameron and Peter Jackson Explore the Future of Film

    James Cameron and Peter Jackson Explore the Future of Film | ARTICLE

    The level of directorial awesomeness on stage at Comic-Con's Hall H hit some kind of peak at the end of Friday afternoon, after a long day of movie previews, star appearances, and plugs for forthcoming Star Wars...

    July 27, 2009 8:22 AM ET
  • Two Nines Clash at Comic-Con

    Two Nines Clash at Comic-Con | ARTICLE

    Two very different movies with very similar titles were previewed to the Hall H audience at Comic-Con on Friday afternoon. 9 — which is, of course, opening on 9/9/09 — is a computer-animated movie directed by Shane...

    July 27, 2009 8:14 AM ET
  • Gerard Way Talks New Comic "Fabulous Killjoys," Next My Chemical Romance Album

    Gerard Way Talks New Comic "Fabulous Killjoys," Next My Chemical Romance Album | ARTICLE

    "I like the titles from The Umbrella Academy issues better than my song titles now," Gerard Way announced at his Saturday afternoon panel at Comic-Con International. "They've leveled up. There's nothing better than titling an issue of...

    July 27, 2009 8:10 AM ET
  • Claudio Sanchez's "Kill Audio": Coheed and Cambria Leader on New Comic, Upcoming LP

    Claudio Sanchez's "Kill Audio": Coheed and Cambria Leader on New Comic, Upcoming LP | ARTICLE

    Claudio Sanchez is probably best known as the singer-guitarist of the powerhouse prog-rock band Coheed and Cambria, but he's also a comic book writer. His first major comics project was The Amory Wars, an expansion of the...

    July 27, 2009 7:31 AM ET
  • The Biggest Comics at Comic-Con

    The Biggest Comics at Comic-Con | ARTICLE

    The buzz around movies and TV shows and video games at Comic-Con International gets louder every year as the convention gets bigger. But the soul of the convention is comics of every kind, and the middle of...

    July 27, 2009 7:15 AM ET
  • Gilliam Previews Heath Ledger's Final Film

    Gilliam Previews Heath Ledger's Final Film | ARTICLE

    Terry Gilliam appeared in Comic-Con's mammoth Hall H on Thursday afternoon to discuss his forthcoming movie The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus — "forthcoming" meaning "no specific release date yet," although one may be announced very soon. It's...

    July 24, 2009 10:23 AM ET
  • "Titanic" Director James Cameron Premieres First Footage of Sci-Fi Epic "Avatar"

    "Titanic" Director James Cameron Premieres First Footage of Sci-Fi Epic "Avatar" | ARTICLE

    Writer/director/producer James Cameron was on hand at Comic-Con for the first public showing of footage from his sci-fi epic Avatar, his first full-on feature film since Titanic. He closed his introduction with two questions: "How many of...

    July 24, 2009 9:44 AM ET
  • Twihards Overpower Cosplayers as "New Moon" Hits Comic-Con

    Twihards Overpower Cosplayers as "New Moon" Hits Comic-Con | ARTICLE

    If you have never been to Comic-Con International San Diego, it can be hard to understand how freaking huge it is. It is, simply, the biggest pop culture get-together in America, with every major fantasy or action...

    July 24, 2009 9:01 AM ET
  • The Curse Of Blondie

    The Curse Of Blondie | ALBUM REVIEW

    Three decades into their career, Blondie evidently want to move beyond their New Wave-era glories, and on their first album in five years, they're stretching out. They open it with an embarrassing stab at rap metal (just...

    April 8, 2008 12:00 AM ET
  • American V: A Hundred Highways

    American V: A Hundred Highways | ALBUM REVIEW

    Wheelchair-bound, nearly blind and close to the end, Johnny Cash nonetheless punched in for work immediately after American IV: The Man Comes Around was released in 2002. The first posthumous album in the Rick Rubin-produced American series...

    June 26, 2006 12:00 AM ET
  • Fox Confessor Brings The Flood

    Fox Confessor Brings The Flood | ALBUM REVIEW

    Neko Case turned up forty years or so too late to be one of the great country voices of the Fifties — hearts break whenever she hits one of those seraphic high notes. The songs on her...

    February 21, 2006 12:00 AM ET
  • Best Of Guided By Voices: Human Amusements at Hourly Rates

    Best Of Guided By Voices: Human Amusements at Hourly Rates | ALBUM REVIEW

    Potent distillation of indie rockers' huge discographyfew bands are as desperately in need of a greatest-hits as Guided by Voices, whose megaprolific leader, Robert Pollard, is legendary for his apparent inability to tell the difference between his...

    October 22, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Everywhere and his Nasty Parlor Tricks

    Everywhere and his Nasty Parlor Tricks | ALBUM REVIEW

    Modest Mouse singer-guitarist Isaac Brock's favorite subjects are distance and travel, and the suspension of time that goes along with them. In his songs, the world is an endlessly cycling existential horror show — two different songs...

    November 13, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Pioneers Who Got Scalped (The Anthology)

    Pioneers Who Got Scalped (The Anthology) | ALBUM REVIEW

    Devo didn't really fit into New Wave — or anywhere else. Their whole point was how weird they were. Their ludicrous costumes and ultrastiff delivery were barbed jokes about profound alienation, and they used synthesizers to make...

    June 8, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live: 1980-81

    Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live: 1980-81 | ALBUM REVIEW

    Pink Floyd's 1980-81 stadium presentations of The Wall barely qualified as live rock: They were a theatrical pageant, with a wall built and demolished on stage, projected films, huge inflatable Gerald Scarfe creatures, and the band playing...

    May 25, 2000 12:00 AM ET
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