Fitzgerald



Paul Curreri

Paul Curreri

The songs on each of Paul Curreri’s albums are about the subtle movements and antiquated objects that a person fixates on when something immense is breathing down the back of a city’s shirt collar. An ache in an elbow joint, say, that tips a man off to a storm. A creaking floorboard. A mass of […]

Nonfiction, with pulp

Nonfiction, with pulp

Despite all the button-busting, broad-chested swagger of the steeled human sculptures that form the skyline of Michael Chabon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay—the Orson Welles drive to destroy something immense like a planet or a media structure, or the Harry Houdini pairing of ingenuity and stubbornness, superpowers grappling with human […]

Cirque du Soleil’s Saltimbanco

I spend the first five minutes of Cirque du Soleil’s opening night at the John Paul Jones Arena, the first performance in a five-night stand by the Canadian-spectacle-gone-Vegas-glitz-fest, not writing a thing. Instead, I mutter awed syllables with the people around me, cutting phrases like “Did you see that?” and “How’d those trapeze artists pull […]

Dance revolution

Dance revolution

McGuffey Art Center’s main office is spilling short bits of sound—cats yawning in the sun, palms sifting through sand, teapots spouting steam, the gasps and sighs people make in their sleep and never acknowledge.

Joel Rubin and Pete Rushefsky

Joel Rubin and Pete Rushefsky

The following is a verbatim transcription of the dialogue between my id (which we’ll call “Blabbermouth Brendan”) and superego (“Neurotic Brendan”) during a performance by UVA Klezmer Ensemble leader Joel Rubin and Pete Rushefsky, a friend of Rubin since the two performed regularly together in upstate New York. Torah the Explorer? No, it’s Joel Rubin […]

You’re looking at country

You’re looking at country

I’m getting spooked,” says Anna Matijasic, the 26-year-old fiddler for Jim Waive and the Young Divorcees, and I know the feeling, a dull pounding in my gut. More: Country GrammarRecords that Jim Waive was listening to while recording Strike a Match It’s a bit past 8pm on a Wednesday last September. Jim Waive and the […]

Country Grammar

Country Grammar

More: You’re looking at countryJim Waive readies his second record “I just came in here from force of habit. I don’t intend to spend too much time in here,” sings bestselling country musician and “Hee Haw” host Buck Owens. “But I heard you marching for the music. And if you play ‘A-11,’ there’ll be tears.” […]

Jukebox

Jukebox

Chan Marshall’s concert at the Satellite Ballroom in 2005 was everything I’d been led to expect it would be: a few sparse, harrowing blues originals from the nervous chanteuse with the dark bangs in her eyes, interrupted halfway through as she voiced her anxieties, saying she “felt like she was being watched by the KKK,” […]