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The Reno News & Review's Arts Editor's notes on music, art, books, movies, beer and pop culture.

Published: Sun, 26 Jul 2009 17:35:54 PDT

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Black Moth Super Rainbow: Eating Us

Sun, 26 Jul 2009 17:35:54 PDT

Record Review of the Week: 24 July 2009  *** (three/five) How do you feel about vocoders? Your reaction to the band Black Moth Super Rainbow...

R.I.P. Michael

Thu, 25 Jun 2009 16:50:46 PDT


Sonic Youth postscript

Thu, 25 Jun 2009 16:31:26 PDT

I couldn’t resist. Here are the 15 Sonic Youth studio albums ranked from best to worst: 1. Daydream Nation 2. Washing Machine 3. Sister 4. Goo...

Sonic Youth: The Eternal

Thu, 25 Jun 2009 16:18:11 PDT

Record Review of the Week: 26 June 2009   Sonic Youth: The Eternal   **** (four stars out of five)   Sonic Youth is...

Wilco: Wilco (The Album)

Fri, 19 Jun 2009 18:02:46 PDT

Record Review of the Week: 19 June 2009I’m inaugurating a new weekly feature here at Big Brain on Brad: The Record Review of the Week....

Crystal Antlers

Thu, 30 Apr 2009 12:37:06 PDT

It’s one of the primary functions of the RN&R to inform the community about events that are either upcoming or ongoing, therefore, as a general...

Looking Forward, Looking Back

Mon, 20 Apr 2009 18:25:09 PDT

Blogging, like flossing, is an easy habit to lose. You put it off for a week or two, and the next thing you know, your...

Saturday evening plans?

Fri, 27 Feb 2009 09:45:52 PST

If you’re a Renoite interested in art and looking for something to do this Saturday evening (Feb. 28, ‘09) from 5 to 7 … here’s...

Albums by year

Sat, 14 Feb 2009 02:43:09 PST

Here’s a list of my current favorite albums of each year from 2009 back to 1956. The dates are according to It was a...

Wherefore TV?

Thu, 12 Feb 2009 16:58:44 PST

We have a TV in our house. There’s a DVD player hooked up to it, and even a couple of video game consoles. But do...

R.I.P. Lux Interior

Thu, 05 Feb 2009 10:42:14 PST

More bad news. Cramps singer Lux Interior died yesterday at age 62. It’s a sad day for rock ‘n’ roll. As the man sang in...

Backing tracks

Thu, 05 Feb 2009 10:19:35 PST

I’m a pretty big Bruce Springsteen fan. But he’s kind of been pissing me off lately. First, there was the Wal-Mart fiasco: a slim Greatest...

Animal Collective

Thu, 05 Feb 2009 01:13:16 PST

Man, this new Animal Collective album, Merriweather Post Pavillion, sure is gorgeous. A couple of weeks ago I proclaimed their Water Curses EP to be my...

R.I.P. Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, "The Big Bopper"

Tue, 03 Feb 2009 12:25:56 PST

On Feb. 3, 1959, exactly 50 years ago today, a plane crashed in Iowa, killing three rock ‘n’ roll artists: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and...


Fri, 30 Jan 2009 11:56:48 PST

The Arts & Culture feature in this week’s RN&R is my list of the best albums of 2008.You can find the long version of the...