Ben Westhoff

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  • 1 year ago | Concert Review

    The Replacements Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Indio, California April 11, 2014 Paul Westerberg wasn't exactly thrilled to be in the Southern California desert last night. "Headed out to San Francisco, definitely not L.A.," he once sang....

  • 1 year ago | Essays

    Are ravers the modern day hippies? There are plenty of parallels, from the flower imagery to the PLUR mentality. Then, of course, there's the idea of using drugs as a path to enlightenment. (Or at least, amazing vibes.) But when it comes...

  • 2 years ago | Festivals

    Coachella announced its 2014 lineup the other day. Word. Some people think it's amazing, but those folks tend to think  it's amazing every year, when what they really think is amazing is doing drugs with their friends in the desert. Othe...

  • 6 years ago | Longform

    The lowest common denominator having been achieved in 2005 with the release of the Black Eyed Peas' Monkey Business, popular musicians have had to work extra hard in recent years to find new and inventive ways to be inane. They found great success...

  • 7 years ago | Longform

    Until recently, Norwegian writer Per Petterson was little more than anobscure, aging novelist with a tragic past. In 1990, traveling on vacation to Denmark, his parents,brother, and another brother's niece boarded a ferry called the Scandinavian S...

  • 7 years ago | Essays

    Sure, Gnarls Barkley want you to think they're weird. It's not every day that you see a pudgy, pioneering rapper dressed up as Jeff Bridges in The Big Lebowski, after all, as Cee-Lo Green has done in promotional photos for the duo. But there are m...

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