Posts Tagged ‘ culture ’

Save Money, Hear Live Music

September 20, 2009

Shows are relatively small and intimate, start early, usually have shorter set times, and cost nothing. Being able to say you saw a now-famous band in their early days at a small record store also tend to become bragging rights of the highest order. The vibe can sometimes be a little DIY, but hey, it’s […]


Late-Night Museum Action

September 10, 2009

The later hour seems to lend itself to behavior different from what you’d expect at a mainstream museum. One man in his 20s lay down on the floor while watching a film component of an anime exhibit. A couple, near the museum’s top floor cafe, did not stop themselves from making out as fellow visitors […]


London Celebrates African Music

September 7, 2009

Biyi Adepegba, the festival’s creator, said performing bands have gotten significantly smaller over the years, because of the high cost of touring — where the festival used to host bands with 15 or 20 members, most bands now rarely exceed 10. However, Adepegba thinks having smaller rosters actually helps bands appeal to a larger audience. […]


Dalston: Hip Epicenter

September 4, 2009

Turkish restaurants, fried-chicken joints and bars line the E8′s main drag, which, depending on the cross street, is called Kingsland High Street, Stoke Newington Road or Stoke Newington High Street. On a recent Wednesday night, restaurants and bars were packed as if it were Friday. A preppy-looking line sprawled out onto the sidewalk in front […]


Party Like It’s 1990-Something

September 3, 2009

The crowd at “I ♥ the ’90s” may surprise. Expecting folks in their mid-30s, hoping to relive their glory days from college and high school? Not exactly. At a late-August occasion, the Academy was full of 20-somethings who must have heard a lot of this music when they were in elementary school or junior high. […]


Street Art: Dublin and Paris

September 1, 2009

I saw some very cool stencils and street art in Dublin and Paris while touring Europe with Damon & the Heathens in July 2009. A few examples below:


Istanbul Street Art

September 1, 2009

During a July 2009 tour with the Oakland punk-soul band Damon & the Heathens, I saw all kinds of amazing street art. Here’s a few pieces from Istanbul:


David Byrne Plays Buildings Now

August 25, 2009

Since the Talking Heads disbanded, David Byrne has taken quite a circuitous route. Along the way there have been film scores, dance and opera projects, visual art, and more recently a memoir about riding his bike through the world’s cities. His latest project: hooking up an old organ to the guts of an old building […]


London’s Got Bike Polo

July 28, 2009

London’s bike polo crew is a predominantly male, laid-back group mostly in their 20s and 30s that plays wearing T-shirts, shorts or jeans, Chuck Taylors and Vans. A few wear helmets, many have tattoos, and having a beer between games is not uncommon. Since most players are riding fixed-gear or single-speed bikes, there is lots […]


London’s Massive Student Art Fest

July 15, 2009

Some work leans toward the journalistic. Lucie Varekova’s series of photos capture the mood of the London neighborhood of Sipson, the center of debate over Heathrow Airport’s contentious third runway. During one recent visit, a young girl, there with her father, crawled around inside Sara Baydur’s exhibit, which featured a little tunnel with a TV […]


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