John S.W. MacDonald
JOHN S.W. MACDONALD is a recent graduate of NYU's Cultural Reporting and Criticism master's program.
Theyre 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 buddiesthe appropriately named Retribution Gospel Choiris just another band. Its only Thursday evening; itll be a long, grueling forty-eight hours before the festival wraps up on Sunday, March 16.
Im standing in Williamsburgs Black & White Gallery with a portable radio in my hands and a pair of headphones fit snugly in my ears.
Musicophilia is a medical short-story book brimming with anecdotes about peoples musical afflictions and talentstheir amusias, dysharmonias, dystimbrias, and synesthesias.