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John S.W. MacDonald

JOHN S.W. MACDONALD is a recent graduate of NYU's Cultural Reporting and Criticism master's program.

Noise-Pop, Rachael Ray, and the Magic Box: SXSW 2008

They’re here for the thousands of bands flooding downtown Austin, Texas, for the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival. The church is just another venue. And Sparhawk and his onstage buddies—the appropriately named Retribution Gospel Choir—is just another band. It’s only Thursday evening; it’ll be a long, grueling forty-eight hours before the festival wraps up on Sunday, March 16.

Audition and Its Discontents

Musicophilia is a medical short-story book brimming with anecdotes about people’s musical afflictions and talents—their amusias, dysharmonias, dystimbrias, and synesthesias.

free 103point9: Ten Years of Transmission Arts

I’m standing in Williamsburg’s Black & White Gallery with a portable radio in my hands and a pair of headphones fit snugly in my ears.


The Brooklyn Rail

MAY 2023

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