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Deconstructing: Ben Gibbard And Why We Want Him To Be Miserable

What is it about Ben Gibbard that inspires a celebration of depression? The singer-songwriter's sadness certainly has a twisted currency in the indie rock community. When his divorce with his now ex-wife Zooey Deschanel was announced, I scrolled through a number of comments on this very site that rejoiced in the split. "Yaaaaay! More… More »

By: Sharon Steel / October 15, 2012

Fiona Apple’s Freak Appeal

Fiona Apple opened one of the biggest shows at South by Southwest this year, at Stubb’s. She came on stage dressed in a lacy pink and black tank top, her long, dirty blond hair pulled back in a high ponytail, her voice edged with gravel and smoke. She didn’t address her audience much, except to… More »

By: Sharon Steel / June 19, 2012

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Mike, this is a fantastic History of The Strokes, and the way you unpacked the Strokes' cultural influence was great -- but one thing I wish you went into even more was their effect on the New York music scene, beyond being THE sound of a post 9/11 NYC. Weren't they a huge reason why Williamsburg became what it is now? Also, once the band left NYC as a collective and dispersed to LA etc (how many of them live here anymore?), they failed to match the pinnacle of This Is It. Do you think not being here had something to do with it? Or is it more about RCA and all of them getting older and sober?
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