From electronic to soul... from American to rock... from hip-hop to rockin' and poppin' indie... 2016 was a stellar year in popular music.READ more
The Weight of These Wings
After a prolonged silence in the wake of her very public divorce, Miranda Lambert opens up, takes the high road and harnesses her heartbreak to create one of the best country albums of 2016.
Considering the circumstances, Papa M’s latest is an unexpectedly unburdened record.
'I Am Not Your Negro'
James Baldwin’s requiem for three Civil Rights martyrs is also a letter addressed to future America and its “vast, unthinking, cruel white majority.”READ more
Two Propaganda Classics on Blu-ray
Leslie Howard's Pimpernel Smith and Michael Powell / Emeric Pressburger's One of Our Aircraft Is Missing take opposite approaches to credibility
First time director Elite Zexer explores the tensions among what Bedouin women want, what they think they should be, and what restrictions they face.
What the F explores the colorful, sophisticated science of cursing and why it feels so #$@&%* good to swear.READ more
It's so easy to be distracted by the powerful writing and insightful analysis that one misses Ozick's inability to deliver on the larger thematic promises of her latest collection.
Jonathan Lamb's authoritative study affords an interesting perspective on one of history's most unpleasant afflictions.
Convoluted "Weaponized Soul" Does Not Play Fair With the Viewer
"No, Max Landis! You can't do that! "READ the article
You could try to resist This Is Us's particular brand of drama and schmaltz, but it's a pretty irresistible mix.
Media scholar Jack Linchuan Qiu argues that slavery-like conditions, which define digital media workers, mirror the slavery-like obsessions of consumers.READ more
Emerging from My Hiatus from Big Budget Games
"I'd gotten burned out on scope and maybe on spectacle in video games, but I think it's time to return to bigger worlds to conquer. "READ the article
While being skeptical about the Church ever officially endorsing video games, LDS gamers remains hopeful about the future, knowing that Mormon society is slowly growing to appreciate gaming.
While clearly endorsing Bernie Sanders’ politics, Rall offers an interesting and balanced portrait of the man behind the politics.READ more
- The Best Jazz of 2016
- These are the 20 best jazz records of 2016 identified in stylistic diads, ranked loosely from most sublime to merely breathtaking. Read More
- Ready For "Change": Cindy Wilson Talks Upcoming Album, Stage Show, and New Collaborators
- You Can Go Home Again: An Interview with R.E.M.'s Mike Mills
- The Best Progressive Rock and Metal of 2016