Lorde knew exactly what she was doing when she named her debut album “Pure Heroine,” the sort of pun that conflates Katniss Everdeen (the movie version) at her most plucky with Kate Moss at her most chic and maybe Courtney Love at her most shameless. The precocious Kiwi chanteuse has cultivated her image to simultaneously exhibit the three stages of White Girl Disaffection: warm-hearted rebellion, open-eyed ennui, and cloying attention seeking. That she backs this up with excellent lyrics, vocals, and productions that owe more to trap music than they do to teen-pop, alternative, or Celebrity Skinglam is a rousing example that postmodernity, despite its supposed rejection of Grand Narratives for fragmented cultural cliffhangers, still has some really amazing stories to tell. Lorde is definitely savvier than her years.
— By Winston Groman
Tuesday March 11, 2014
Chris Speed Trio
The saxophonist/clarinetist launches a six-day residence at John Zorn's no-frills bunker with two evenings celebrating the release of Really OK by his excellent trio with bassist Chris Tordini and drummer Dave King (Happy Apple, the Bad Plus). Promising nights ahead include Human Feel with special guest Mary Halvorson on Thursday and the Clarinets on Friday, with Oscar Noriega and Anthony Burr joining Speed on their respective licorice sticks.
— By Richard Gehr
Wednesday March 12, 2014
One look at Juicy J's Twitter page shows the Memphis rapper/producer is up to no good these days. Ridden with #NeverSober hashtags and 140 character accounts of fans getting kicked out of shows, followers are offered virtual proof that the Never Sober Tour is fully TURNT UP. Joined by up-and-comer Travi$ Scott and Juicy's older brother Project Pat, J's touring in support of Stay Trippy, his third solo album, released last summer via Wiz Khalifa's Taylor Gang label. If you're not a weed head or a college chick and you're not already tapped into Southern hip-hop, do your homework by going to thejuicyj.com and playing "Stay Trippy," a game that requires you to fling stacks of "Strippy Cash" and sling gallons of paint at four strippers as they greasily struggle to stay on their poles. It's wildly inappropriate and mildly entertaining — nowhere near as juicy as a live show — but if you stick around long enough you'll unlock 17 songs on a music player and receive a message reading, "Shit son! You racked up $107,250 at the Strippy Club! Juicy J is Proud of You."
— By Erin Manning
Thursday March 13, 2014
"The Eve of Porn: Linda Lovelace
Museum of Sex
When Deep Throat was released in 1972, it attracted celebrities, such as Jackie O and Jack Nicholson, to screenings, and the movie’s star, Linda Lovelace, quickly rose from little-known porn actress to household name. The following year, photographer Milton H. Greene, best known for the “Black Sitting” of Marilyn Monroe, arranged a photo shoot with Lovelace. Never before exhibited, his artistic photos of the porn pioneer are the highlight of the Museum of Sex’s exhibition “The Eve of Porn: Linda Lovelace,” which also includes various artifacts and early pornographic photos taken of her with her husband and manager, Chuck Traynor, whom Lovelace later accused of coercing her into porn and prostitution in her 1980 memoir, Ordeal.
— By Angela Ashman
Friday March 14, 2014
Rendez-Vous with French Cinema
France invades NYC with the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s 19th annual, eclectic-as-ever showcase of contemporary Gallic cinema, this year sprawling uptown (Walter Reade Theater), downtown (IFC Center), and in Brooklyn (BAMcinématek). The Rendez-Vous with French Cinema series kicks off with Emmanuelle Bercot’s buoyant road-trip drama On My Way (with an in-person appearance by its immortal, César-nominated star Catherine Deneuve) and closes with Bertrand Tavernier’s savvy political comedy The French Minister. Highly recommended are Rebecca Zlotowski’s Grand Central — in which Blue Is the Warmest Color star Léa Seydoux is adulterously hetero-over-heels for nuclear plant laborer Tahar Rahim (A Prophet) — as well as new work from veteran auteurs François Ozon (Young and Beautiful), Michel Gondry (Mood Indigo), and Serge Bozon (Tip Top).
— By Angela Ashman
Price: various prices
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