Inside Jeff Mangum’s Aeroplane
Jeff Mangum doesn’t do interviews, so Alibi music columnist (and super-fan) Mike Smith penned an essay that deconstructs the Neutral Milk Hotel phenom and serves as a reminder of Mangum’s inimitable voice and persona.
Last Month in Music
Author Mike Smith shares the psychogeography of his February adventures in live music.
Marnie Stern The Chronicles of Marnia · Thalia Zedek Band Via · Dani Shivers Jinx
This week, we listened to new releases from Marnie Stern, Dani Shivers and Thalia Zedek Band.
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The English Beat • ska
Here's a brief on a band with three names, but unlike Eliot's bunch, these dudes are not a coterie of cats. At home across the pond, they're known as the Beat. In the land down under, kindly refer to them as the British Beat. Here in 'Merica, we call them the English Beat. But no matter what you call them, this estimable ensemble that still includes founder and guitarist Dave Wakeling—but not vocalist Ranking Roger—was partially responsible for the upsurge in popularity that two-tone ska saw on both sides of the Atlantic during the '80s and '90s. …