Articles in 7 – Summer 08
In the Heights celebrates the breakthrough of a predominately Latino cast making it on Broadway, sharing the story of social struggles in Washington Heights.
Episode 2 of Ivan Crewsing America’s Best. Ivan interviews Shane Sparks, Fly Khicks and Strickers all star.
Ivan is Movmnt’s exclusive online video coverage of Dance Shows on TV. After So You Think You Can Dance in 2008, our host, Ivan Koumaev, goes in a quest to find the best dance crew that battled during the 3rd opus of Randy Jackson’s ABDC on MTV.
Movmnt highlights one VIP dancer each season. In our summer 2008 issue, we salute Ricky Palomino who is both a talented dancer and musician/vocalist.
Marked by a combination of sensual, smooth, and poppy vibes, this UK based electro-glam duo’s third album, Supernature, is easy great to rock out to. Seventh Tree, Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory’s newest installation, takes a dramatic sidestep as Goldfrapp’s voice saturates your mind as you retreat into Zen heaven. You might find that you not only love to rock with Goldfrapp, but you love to unwind with them too.
Meet Alison Jackson, the provocative photographer whose staging of look-alike-celebs in situations only witnessed as mental images wake-up the voyeur within.
The self-proclaimed “garage-glam” band [Semi Precious Weapons] seems intent on taking on the world one rock n’ roll lover at a time. In skintight flesh-toned pants, stiletto heels, tattered shirts, and waves of bleached hair over raccoon eyes splattered with glitter, Tranter’s dazzling onstage image commands attention. With inspiration from pop singer Jessica Simpson and collaboration with legendary rock producer Tony Visconti, Semi Precious Weapons has landed legions of fans worldwide.
The B-52s indefatigable sound translates to their new-millennium makeover without ever losing the charm, and kook, that made them so distinct back when they released their eponymous 1979 self-titled debut. The new album, Funplex, dances with the speed of a cosmic dancer and the shimmer of a disco ball. There will always be a time and place for The B-52s, because there will always be a need to stop taking life so damn seriously.
Mario Spinetti: How do you define a song?
Damon Donau: Well, “Happy Birthday” is a song. It stems from melody. It has a theme. It’s a melodic expression of ideas.
Brandon Intelligator: But then there are bands like Autolux that make melody out of noise.
and the conversation continues…
That’s what a great song is. Hell, that’s what great art is. If you want to be technical, a song should have a melody, and itmay or may not have a lyric, but the bottom line is that in order for it to be substantial it has to come from a place of truth and experience — otherwise why write it?
Upper West Side indie-rock darlings, Vampire Weekend, more than live up to the hype on their fetching self-titled debut. This catchy collection of upbeat tunes about grammar, architecture, and campus life, unabashedly appropriates everything from Afro-pop and New Wave, to Chamber music. It remains to be seen if Vampire Weekend can withstand the test of time. At the moment though, they are the “it” band to beat, and after repeated listens, Vampire Weekend still sounds fresh and effortless.
Movmnt’s Matthew Murphy sits down with the dancers of American Ballet Theatre to see what goes into making the magic of “In Classic Style” that Nancy Ellison captures in her book of stunning photography.
The Helio Sequence has always been a band that’s almost impossible to categorize. For all the ambient noise, layered strings, and wall of sound elements, The Helio Sequence’s strengths lie in frontman Brandon Summers’ raspy, whiskey-soaked, voice and Benjamin Weikel’s driving drumbeats. For a band that takes risks, the payoff is well worth it.