Review: Remain In Light at the Kessler Theater


The Talking Heads released Remain in Light on October 8, 1980. It was the same year that Joy Division’s Ian Curtis committed suicide, Led Zeppelin broke up following the death of John Bonham, and John Lennon was assassinated. It might be glib to say music was at a turning point, but those are some major tectonic shifts and Talking Heads were standing right on the fault line. Their first three records were part of a disparate artistic effort to drag punk into the next decade and Talking Heads themselves were at a crossroads. Remain In Light, fed on upheaval, became an album that nudged the boundaries and still earns critical accolades. Continue reading

Kanye West’s Yeezus: The False Messiah


There is one sense in which Kanye West’s latest album, Yeezus, resembles the story of Jesus. Within its tracks, West makes bold claims about his primacy and lineage. And while many critics accepted those claims almost a priori, Yeezus is far less stalwart when examined apart from its celebrity creator. Continue reading