2 items from 2011
Last year, a friend who I hadn't seen in some time sent me a barrage of texts throughout an afternoon asking me to have a drink with him that night. He had some pals playing some covers that evening at a local muscle-shirt/short-skirts bar, and he didn't wanted to be the stranded bro pretending to listen to '90s radio hits he didn't really care to hear. I obliged, and I've always been glad I did: I didn't really love the atmosphere or the band, but watching them run through a well-rehearsed decoupage of hits from my teenage years was revealing. In the eyes of that band and the gaggle of casual listeners who drunkenly shouted along to each chorus, Third Eye Blind's "Semi-Charmed Life" and Eve 6's "Inside Out" sat alongside Weezer's "Undone--Sweater Song" and Radiohead's "Creep" just fine. For alternative rock, those songs could barely »
- Grayson Currin
Last Friday, Susanne Rostock’s “Sing Your Song” (HBO, date Tba, no trailer yet), an authorized documentary about the life of actor/singer/activist Harry Belafonte which premiered at January’s Sundance Film Festival and will air on HBO later this year, was greeted with a lengthy standing ovation following its screening at the Borough of Manhattan Community College as part of the Tribeca Film Festival.
Belafonte, who is now 84 and walks with a cane, made his way along the red carpet press line, sat through the film, and then participated in a Q&A with Tavis Smiley after it ended.
Rostock’s film — the idea of which was strongly promoted by Belafonte’s daughter, who felt that her father’s memories needed to be chronicled, and who is credited as a producer on the film — is largely narrated by Belafonte himself.
It takes you from the tenement in which he was raised in Harlem, »
- Scott Feinberg
2 items from 2011
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