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Chris Conaton


Monday, July 23 2012

Days in and Days Out of Hall H: Comic-Con International 2012

Attending the various panels in Hall H at Comic Con can require a lot of planning and may take up your whole day.

Tuesday, April 12 2011

Joss Whedon: Pioneer of the Body Count

Among Joss Whedon's greatest contributions to television has been the continual use of the Body Count, the willingness to kill off recurring characters in order to ratchet up the narrative tension and create a sense of danger.

Monday, April 11 2011

Joss Whedon 101: Cabin in the Woods

Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard's Cabin in the Woods has been as star-crossed as a show can be. Although Goddard and Whedon had finished principle filming, MGM requested a year delay to convert the film to 3D, and then promptly went bankrupt.

Thursday, January 6 2011

The Year in Television Conspiracies

Secret, usually evil, plots dominated TV drama in 2010, from Lost, Rubicon, and Persons Unknown to 24, V, Flashforward, and Terriers.

Tuesday, October 20 2009

A Decade of Change

Between the Internet, DVRs, and DVDs, television viewers have been almost completely freed from the vagaries of network scheduling. We can watch our favorite shows whenever we want.


Monday, November 24 2014

Markéta Irglová: Muna

Working in Iceland pays off for the Oscar-winning piano player from Once, who takes a major sonic step forward on her second album.

Monday, November 10 2014

...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead: IX

After a few albums of focused hard rock, Trail of Dead confidently begins to reintegrate the more pop-oriented experimentations that killed their early '00s buzz.

Wednesday, October 22 2014

Primus: And the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble

Primus covers Willy Wonka, playing up your fuzzy memories of the film's dark heart while subverting the original arrangements.

Sunday, October 12 2014

OK Go: Hungry Ghosts

OK Go successfully dips a toe into synth-rock without forgetting their power-pop roots, yet they still manage to include a small handful of outright clunkers.

Thursday, October 2 2014

'Gracepoint', a Remake of 'Broadchurch', Is Both the Same and Different

A precarious balance between precision and messiness structures Gracepoint in its storytelling and in its position as a US network series.

Phish: Fuego [30.Jun.14]
Pow!: Hi-Tech Boom [20.Mar.14]
TacocaT: NVM [6.Mar.14]
Warpaint: Warpaint [19.Jan.14]
Irata: Vultures [28.Feb.13]
Nude Beach: II [10.Sep.12]
Birdy: Birdy [14.Jun.12]
Milk Maid: Yucca [19.Jul.11]
Falcon: Disappear [10.Jul.11]
Mike Gordon: Moss [13.Jan.11]
Fanshaw: Dark Eyes [25.Mar.10]
Cougar: Patriot [4.Jan.10]
Björk: Voltaic [23.Aug.09]
NOFX: Coaster [17.Jun.09]
Skew: Skew [13.Jan.09]
The Revival Tour [8.Dec.08]
Dredg [24.Nov.08]
sBach: sBach [21.Sep.08]


Monday, July 9 2012

Previewing Comic-Con 2012

The biggest pop culture gathering in North America kicks off Wednesday night. How has Comic-Con responded to last year's problems, and what are the most interesting events taking place at this year's show?

Wednesday, December 14 2011

Bubbling Under the 75 Best Albums of 2011: Fountains of Wayne

This week we presented our Best 75 Albums of 2011. Here are several more just bubbling under the top 75...

Sunday, December 4 2011

Bubbling Under the 75 Best Songs of 2011: Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit

Today we presented our Best 75 Songs of 2011. Here are several more just bubbling under the top 75...

Wednesday, July 20 2011

Armchair Quarterbacking Comic-Con 2011

Grading the upcoming Comic-Con, from who's in attendance to who decided to stay behind...

Wednesday, June 22 2011

Feeling Burned By 'The Killing'

We stuck around for the whole season, got our hopes up when things improved in the last few episodes, and this is the way it ends? Ugh. Spoilers abound, of course.

A Bad Month for Independents in Houston (Short Ends and Leader) [9.Sep.10]
Why I Gave Up on Glee (Channel Surfing) [1.Dec.09]
Legend of the Seeker: Season 2 Premiere (Channel Surfing) [11.Nov.09]
True Blood Season 2 - The Wrap-Up (Channel Surfing) [23.Sep.09]
Anticipating Comic-Con '09 (Graphic Novelties) [22.Jul.09]
Auto-Tune the News #6 (video) (Mixed Media) [13.Jul.09]
Harper's Island: The Death of Cheesy Fun? (Channel Surfing) [10.Jul.09]
Three More Memorable Albums from 1999 (Sound Affects) [29.Jun.09]
Prison Break: An Epitaph (Channel Surfing) [18.May.09]
On the Bubble: 5 TV Shows Worth Saving (Channel Surfing) [30.Apr.09]
Weezer - "Pork and Beans" (Sound Affects) [25.May.08]
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