Latest Third Stories

2008-07-16 06:00:29

By Jason Bracelin It's like Christmas in July, and Santa's here to pour a little sugar (and arsenic) in your ears. With the year half over, it's time to take stock of the best of albums of '08 thus far. Here are my current favorites: The Gutter Twins, "Saturnalia": A mix of bourbon and, well, lots more bourbon, this pairing of the dead-voiced Mark Lanegan and the whiskeyed come-ons of Greg Dulli is like a pox on sobriety. Two of rock's best, most distinctive vocalists hiss and moan...

2008-07-01 06:00:32

By Edna Gundersen HOLLYWOOD -- Call it trippy. Just don't call it trip-hop. Third album Third, Portishead's return after an 11-year hiatus, not only heralds a daring reinvention, it hammers the final nail into the coffin of a genre the U.K. trio popularized but never embraced. Third is the band's first studio effort since 1997's Portishead, which built on the success of 1994 breakthrough Dummy, a dark, sensual tapestry of electro-jazz, hip-hop beats and Beth Gibbons' spare, spectral...

2006-01-30 12:38:34

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wendy Wasserstein, the Brooklyn-born playwright whose award-winning works chronicled love, motherhood, marriage and complex sibling relations against a backdrop of feminism, has died. She was 55. Wasserstein's play agent Phyllis Wender said she died on Monday. She gave no further details except that a memorial service would be held in March. It had been reported in recent weeks that the author of "The Heidi Chronicles, which won the Pulitzer Prize and a Tony...

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