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It's John Carpenter Week here in Brooklyn! Given the usual content of the genre-film icon's work, that might suggest an alarming scenario—our borough beset by homicidal maniacs, roving dystopian street thugs, ghost pirates, or maybe just infiltrated by sinister Yuppies who are secretly subliminal alien jerk monsters. But no. (Except maybe that thing about the Yuppies, that actually sounds about right.) Instead, we get the more benign offering of a month-long BAM retrospective of the...
There was a creeping feeling among music writers that 2014 was an iffy year for big-deal albums. Yearly specifics aside, arguments asking whether albums are still important at all in the face of Internet disruption continue to rage, with both sides making understandable points. But nobody in their right mind is arguing that songs, the single, sharable unit of music, have suddenly lost their sway. Lists pretending to objectively capture an entire year in music...

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