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Articles by Chris Cappello

La La bland

Heading into next month’s Academy Awards with a staggering fourteen nominations, Damien Chazelle’s third feature La La Land is poised to win big. In some ways, this praise—which is...

Music: Ruminations

“I miss Christopher Hitchens I miss Oliver Sacks I miss poor Robin Williams I miss Sylvia Plath”   Can we get a sense of what Conor Oberst, erstwhile Bright...

Mix CDs, mixed feelings

Stacks of old mix CDs clutter the bookshelves of my childhood bedroom. On many, a Belle and Sebastian track served as the centerpiece, encapsulating the kind of tentative introduction...

Music: The Hold Steady

Once Franz Nicolay left The Hold Steady in 2010, nothing was the same for the Brooklyn-based bar-rock institution. On their last album, the relatively low-key Heaven Is Whenever, the...

Music: Ricky Eat Acid

Sam Ray’s latest and most accomplished full-length album as Ricky Eat Acid begins with a brief voiceover from Coma Cinema frontman Mat Cothran, one of Ray’s frequent collaborators. “I...