20 · The Music Issue

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Adult Nights

Seth Pitman, Wild Light's keyboardist and backup vocalist, tells me the story of the highly noticeable Star of David dangling around his neck. "An Israeli soldier gave me the necklace, and I've worn it pretty m...
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Bound but Not Gagged

"Ellen or Rosie and I have nothing in common; they're old-school joke tellers," says Sandra Bernhard. "My act is more akin to burlesque-rock 'n' roll-cabaret. If I don't get my audience turned on, then I'm not ...
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The Future is a Memory

When DEVO appeared on '80s sitcom, Square Pegs (which starred Sarah Jessica Parker), they whipped everyone—from the censors to the actresses—into a frenzy. On the episode, the band headlines a "New Wave Bat Mit...
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Jerry Heller

Jerry Heller is the business mastermind behind the second great paradigm shift in modern pop music. In 1967, it was the Beatles album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band that defined the rock music era. In 19...
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Keel Over Beethoven

As the scruffy artists file into their lab for design class at Brooklyn multi-arts space, 3rd Ward, each lets out a small, discernable gasp. For there on the room's sole couch lounges Saturday Night Live cast m...
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Chai Times with Sean Paul

The moment he rolls up to the joint—I mean, hotel suite—it's easy to see that 36-year-old Jamaican reggae and dancehall megastar Sean Paul has it all: brains, talent and plenty of green (backs, that is). Paul t...