Becoming the Residents

The Residents’ anonymity has been the band’s stylish calling card. The members have protected their identities by appearing in public and in photos wearing costumes, most commonly in their signature eyeball helmet/masks and tuxedos. Their music doesn’t draw attention to individual members either. Vocals are usually processed or distorted in ways that make it hard to be sure if the band has one lead vocalist, or if The Residents pass that chore around.

Last Night: New Kids on the Block Aren't Kids Anymore

Friday night, I reviewed the New Kids on the Block/TLC/Nelly show for The New Orleans Advocate, and much of my take on that surreal experience is online here. I took the assignment because the show felt like an occasion to talk about nostalgia, but it was more complicated than that. In ways, the show was one that couldn’t have existed before.

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