Justin Cober-Lake

Justin Cober-Lake lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife, kids, and dog. His writing has appeared in a number of places, including Stylus, Paste, Chord, and Trouser Press. His work made its first appearance on CD with the release of Todd Goodman's first symphony, Fields of Crimson. He's recently co-founded the literary fly-fishing journal Rise Forms.

Features // 19 Articles
Columns // 9 Articles
Reviews // 314 Articles
Blogs // 2 Articles
//Features

Now Hear This!: mewithoutYou [Philadelphia, PA] | 18 May 2010 // 5:00 PM

It's unlikely that a post-hardcore band that transformed into an indie-pop act while filling out its complex religious and philosophical traditions would have made the best album of 2009.

Three Days, Forty Years, Six Discs | 16 Aug 2009 // 4:59 PM

It's the enticing performances of the smaller acts -- and not the explosions of the big ones -- that made Woodstock such a singular event.

//Columns

'Spirits Rejoice!' Takes a New Look Into an Old Tradition | 25 Aug 2015 // 2:00 AM

Scholar Jason C. Bivins thinks through more difficult aspects of the relationships between jazz and American religions, while at the same time examining the permeability of both.

Little Punk Babies | 24 May 2007 // 6:00 PM

As Evelyn McDonnell's new book illustrates, motherhood should be neither something done on the side, nor something that pushes everything else away, and it's that balance that our culture and government can be striving for.

//Reviews

Evans the Death: Vanilla | 18 Jul 2016 // 9:15 PM

Vanilla is both the most complex and most impressive work the band has yet done.

case/lang/veirs: case/lang/veirs | 20 Jun 2016 // 9:30 PM

case/lang/veirs makes the case that these three artists should do more than a once-off collaboration.

//Blogs

Leland Sundries - 'Music for Outcasts' (album stream) (premiere) | 2 Jun 2016 // 4:23 AM

Leland Sundries return with more folk rock awesomeness on their new album, Music for Outcasts.

Azure Blue Harkens Back to the '80s with "Seasons" | 7 Feb 2012 // 3:15 AM

Performing as Azure Blue, Tobias Isaksson looks back to the 1980s for much of his sound on his new release Rule of Thirds.

//Mixed media
//Blogs

Culture Belongs to the Alien in 'Spirits of Xanadu'

// Moving Pixels

"The symbols that the artifact in Spirits of Xanadu uses are esoteric -- at least for the average Western gamer. It is Chinese culture reflected back at us through the lens of alien understanding.

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