Daphne Carr

Adele's 'Skyfall,' with its heavy debt to Shirley Bassey, might not have been camp - in another century:

For better or worse the result is a tune infused with a camp sensibility, but perhaps that’s what must pervade any art associated with the Bond franchise in the 21st century.

Bio: Daphne Carr is a music journalist, critic, and scholar living in New York City. She is the Series Editor of Best Music Writing (Da Capo 2007-present), author of Nine Inch Nails Pretty Hate Machine (Continuum 2011), contributor to the books Out of the Vinyl Deeps: The Rock Writing of Ellen Willis; Marooned: The Next Generation of Desert Island Discs, and Listen Again.

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Adele’s ‘Skyfall,’ with its heavy debt to Shirley Bassey, might not have been camp - in another century

For better or worse the result is a tune infused with a camp sensibility, but perhaps that’s what must pervade any art associated with the Bond franchise in the 21st century.

Oct. 5, 2012

 
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Hear the crushing steel: Zola Jesus and J.G. Thirlwell perform at the Guggenheim

Zola Jesus, J.G. Thirlwell perform at the Guggenheim

May. 11, 2012

 
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It’s 2012 and it’s Nicki Minaj’s world to make, but this album is not going to make it

Make way for the funny face: Nicki Minaj's unven Roman Reloaded nevertheless suggests why she is about to rule the scene.

Apr. 3, 2012

 
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The Ecstatic Music Festival takes risks, blends genres, and calls itself a bad name

The Ecstatic Music Festival brings together the pop and classical worlds and tries to fix the fraught nature of genre

Mar. 15, 2012

 
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What have I become, my sweetest friend: ‘The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye’

A tragic love story and a document of a life lived for art, documentary The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye is all about transformation

Mar. 13, 2012

 
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In the Bleecker Street basement of Le Poisson Rouge, singer-composer Julia Holter’s star begins its ascent

Among the beards and babbles, the clatter of thirtysomethings sitting down to some good old esoteric pop dinner theater was stone serious and perfectly credulous.

Mar. 8, 2012

 
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Call your boyfriend, the Magnetic Fields are back to the dance floor

With their new album, Love at the Bottom of the Sea, the Magnetic Fields return to form, and to synthesizers

Mar. 7, 2012

 
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Celebrating the life and work of Frank Tovey, whose band Fad Gadget set a course for contemporary pop

Tovey was the man behind Fad Gadget, the first artist signed to Mute Records and an influential part of a scene that would eventually become fragmented into the three prongs of the early-'80s rock vanguard: post-punk, new wave, and industrial.

Mar. 2, 2012

 
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Why the loved and hated ‘now-noise’ of Skrillex is really kind of punk

Skrillex, who stopped through New York this week for three nights around town, embodies a punk attitude toward electronic music

Feb. 3, 2012

 
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Sharon Van Etten’s melancholy of influence

Sharon Van Etten's new album Tramp is a wonder, but her live performance falters

Jan. 19, 2012