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Of ‘Men & Chicken’: An Interview With Director Anders Thomas Jensen

Jensen once again teams up with his muse, Hannibal's Mads Mikkelsen, for a twisted comedic romp that is sure to have fans of black comedy squealing with glee.

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‘I Knew Her Well’ Explores ‘60s Celebrity Culture

I Knew Her Well dances through Rome until the music stops for one young hopeful.

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Woodpigeon: T R O U B L E

Woodpigeon's lush, melancholy new album adds new textures to the band's already heavily orchestrated pop.

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Thanks to Key and Peele’s Powerful Sensibilities, ‘Keanu’ Is More Than a Meow Mix-up

By taking on expectations, both in comedy and in race, this movie becomes a smart, successful satire.

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A Mutant Breed of Christian Music? How Slow Dakota Reinvented a Genre in 22-Minutes

If Bürstner and the Baby's goal is to evangelize, one might ask why PJ Sauerteig spends so much time burying the Gospel and mutating his influences.

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29 Apr 2016 // 8:12 AM

PURSES: Obsess Much

This is entertaining indie rock from what amounts to a supergroup of young Athens bands.

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Seeing Through the Eyes of a Semiologist: A Tribute to Umberto Eco

Many of Eco's observations read true in our hyperkinetic era of the Internet, the experience economy, the Disneyfication of entertainment, and the mega blockbuster.

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29 Apr 2016 // 2:30 AM

Cluster: 1971-1981

A formative and furtive period for the Krautrock duo is the focus of the blessed box set Cluster: 1971-1981.

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Various Artists: Another Splash of Colour: New Psychedelia in Britain 1980-1985

This thorough three-disc history will make you an instant scholar of a movement that many don't know about, but should.

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Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros: PersonA

Edward Sharpe's bombastic hippie-folk utopianism takes a darker hue in PersonA

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29 Apr 2016 // 2:00 AM

Prince and Michael Jackson: The Rivalry and the Revolution

Deemed As polar opposites by the media, part of what made the Prince v Jackson rivalry so compelling was their similarities.

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‘Shot!’ Mick Rock Documentary at Tribeca + After Party (Photos)

Following the world premiere of SHOT! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock, attendees were invited to an after party which featured the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and some special guests.

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Tribeca Film Festival 2016: ‘The Return’ + ‘Solitary’

Two excellent documentaries at this year's Tribeca Film Festival remind you of the terrible reality of the American prison system.

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Babyfather: BBF Hosted by DJ Escrow

Dean Blunt: "I think genre terms are really connected … to race and boundaries."

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The Flash: Season 2, Episode 19 - “Back to Normal”

Barry Allen's no longer the "fastest man alive". His return to normal allows focus to shift away from him and onto other members of Team Flash.

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28 Apr 2016 // 8:28 AM

Living Comfortably: An Interview With Dunes

Formed from the ashes of some of LA's best loved punk bands, Dunes changed their sound to embrace pop and create an album that they would want to listen to.

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28 Apr 2016 // 8:15 AM

Gallant: Ology

Even today’s newest artists find much value to be found in the Purple One’s music.

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28 Apr 2016 // 2:30 AM

Beyoncé: Lemonade

Lemonade is that rare work where you will remember exactly where you were and exactly who you were with the first time you hear it.

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25 Nights With Some Movies That Caused a Temporary Ripple in the Buzz-o-sphere

From the importance (or not) of the comic book movies to films with avant-garde concepts, some beautiful, some unbearable.

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Rogue Wave: Delusions of Grand Fur

Zach Rogue's namesake wash over us with tune after tune on Rogue Wave's first album in three years.

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Charles Bukowski’s ‘On Love’ and ‘On Cats’

Bukowski's voice and style swung wildly over his lifetime, and collections varied considerably in quality depending on the whims of editors

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The Good Wife: Season 7, Episode 20 - “Party”

A family affair marks what has to be the final time we'll see some of our favorite The Good Wife characters.

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Smashing Pumpkins Deliver Sonic Tricks and Deep Cut Treats in LA

The acoustic-electro format is a triumph, with the In Plainsong tour representing a rare chance to experience the band in a more intimate sonic fashion.

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North Carolina’s Phuzz Phest 2016 Is a Music Festival Done Right

Festivals can and should be transactions, but not of capital or codified cool. They should bring people into a space so they can see what it's about and let them add something to it. NC's Phuzz Phest does this well.

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Orphan Black: Season 4, Episode 2 - “Transgressive Border Crossing”

"Transgressive Border Crossing" jumps between the various characters and their individual issues, yet it also manages to frame their connectedness effortlessly.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 3, Episode 17 - “The Team”

Some characters have taken radically different paths than their comic book counterparts -- at least in this reality.

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It’s Okay to Change: A Conversation With David Brewis of Field Music

David Brewis discusses Field Music's new album, his parents' record collection, being in a band with family, and music nerd inside-baseball.

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Youth Code: Commitment to Complications

Youth Code breathe life back into the moribund electronic industrial scene.

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Kyle Craft: Dolls of Highland

Kyle Craft has no right to make a debut album this damn good.

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Nik Bärtsch’s Mobile: Continuum

Pianist Nik Bärtsch returns to the group he helmed before signing to ECM, assembling an album that will move your toes as it stirs your head.

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The Muscle Behind ‘Manga in America’

The domestication of manga means imposing one’s own identity on the product.

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27 Apr 2016 // 2:10 AM

Susanna: Triangle

While lyrically underwhelming, Susanna's latest album is an enjoyable showcase of her enviable talents.

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27 Apr 2016 // 2:05 AM

Se Delan: Drifter

Se Delan are back, and they waste no time in announcing themselves.

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27 Apr 2016 // 2:00 AM

We Have Never Been Human

Within our bodies, single-celled organisms outnumber cells that we identify as human DNA ten to one. We're merely a colony within a colony within a colony.

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On Going Preadolescent Batshit With Prince’s ‘Batman’

Prince was my chaperone away from the music of my parents’ generation towards something forbidden, dangerous, pleasurable, weird, and shockingly modern.

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Upholding and Underscoring a Legacy in ‘Action Comics #51’

An effort to preserve Superman's ideals falls surprisingly flat.

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The Blacklist: Season 3, Episode 19 - “Cape May”

Extreme tenebristic close-ups, cello-filled soundtracks, and cryptic dialog -- The Blacklist gets its pretense on.

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What Is the Robert Altman Vision?

If you want to get a complete understanding of Altman, his filmmaking style, and why his movies are so important to the history of cinema, Frank Caso’s book is a must read.

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Shame Bells, Dragons, Bodies: The Art of Suspended Justice and Season 6 of ‘Game of Thrones’

Game of Thrones offers a reality that's pleasurable to contemplate but terrifying to inhabit.

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ASAP Ferg: Always Strive and Prosper

ASAP Ferg takes a more serious and conceptual route on his sophomore album, and the change of pace pays off big time.

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Arbeit Schickert Schneider: ASS

Günter Schickert, Jochen Arbeit, and Dirk Dresselhaus come together for an album that, to their detractors, is conveniently named. Everyone else can feel free to bliss out.

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Terrace Martin: Velvet Portraits

With Velvet Portraits, Martin continues on his quest to become a modern jazz-fusion great while also giving a nod to his Los Angeles roots in the process.

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Laura Gibson: Empire Builder

Laura Gibson's excellent fourth album is the cathartic sound of someone starting over.

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Adult Books: Running From the Blows

Adult Books loves '80s new wave, but they're better when they play harder-edged, punk-adjacent songs.

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‘Guapa’ Is Much More Than Simply a ‘Gay’ Novel

Haddad makes a single day swell to encompass the powerful struggle to define one's own self and to come to terms with the consequences of autonomy.

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Formulating ‘The Hunger Games’ Part 1: When Books Catch Fire

Like The Hunger Games? There are a lot of similar books that you'll love. Think The Hunger Games stories are a rip off? Read on; the same applies.

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Full Frontal With Samantha Bee: Season 1

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee appropriates the format of the classic The Awful Truth to lampoon politicians and the media.

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United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell: Season 1, Episode 1

W. Kamau Bell travels as an outsider in his native America.

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Tribeca Film Fest 2016: ‘Fear, Inc.’ + ‘Always Shine’

Two movies at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, Fear, Inc. and Always Shine, want to explore audience expectations within the possibilities of the horror genre.

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Fear the Walking Dead: Season 2, Episode 1 - “Monster”

Travis, Strand, and company deal with the emotional aftermath of Liza's death while navigating treacherous waters.

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Defining Spiritual Sequel in ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’

The powerful timing of Richard Linklater’s take on '80s competitiveness in Everybody Wants Some!!

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Prince: Something That You’ll Never Understand

Prince didn't care where you went. He didn't care what you did. And he couldn't take U with him.

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Daredevil: Season 2, Episode 6 - “Regrets Only”

Daredevil struggles to balance both Elektra and the Punisher in an unfocused episode.

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‘Under the Big Black Sun’ Tells of an L.A. Before the Kids From Orange County Arrived

They had the neutron bomb, The Masque, and all the youthful energy you'd ever want to muster. What became of the early L.A. punks, then?

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Guided by Voices: Please Be Honest

Guided by Voices keep doing whatever it is they've been doing.

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25 Apr 2016 // 7:25 AM

Royce Da 5’9: Layers

Layers challenges the frontrunners of contemporary hip-hop with inspired storytelling and top-notch MCing.

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The Jayhawks: Paging Mr. Proust

Classic elements of the Jayhawks sound mingle with adventurous influences from their contemporaries on the band’s engaging ninth release.

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WhoMadeWho: Body Language, Vol. 17

The Danish indie trio jump into Get Physical's DJ mix series and come out with a pretty nice comedown soundtrack.

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25 Apr 2016 // 7:02 AM

Rokia Traoré: Né So

With her latest album, Malian singer-songwriter Traoré has made something beautiful and moving from the traumas of war and personal crises

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Denovali Festival Returns to London With Drones, Waves and a Range of Frequencies

Two evenings of experimental and daring music transport festival-goers at St John-at-Hackney and Kings Place.

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Spinsterhood and Its Discontents in Daniel Sada’s ‘One Out of Two’

A bewitching story about sisterhood, spinsterhood, and identity by a celebrated Mexican writer.

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Kanye and Mingus: Gifted, Complicated and Proud of It

Charles Mingus and Kanye West represent an extreme form of the complicated-and-proud-of-it black man, within a society that prefers its black men as uncomplicated and untroubling as possible.

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‘Elvis & Nixon’ and Histories and Fates Captured in a Photo

Even as this film gets bogged down in jokes and speculations, it makes the point that performance is its own kind of truth.

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‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’ Delivers a Failed Fairytale

Outside of simple spectacle, this film fails on every level.

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22 Apr 2016 // 10:00 AM

Outlander: Season 2, Episode 2 - “Not In Scotland Anymore”

The dualities of court life expose the tensions between the public and private lives of all the characters.

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‘Sing Street’ Goes Back to the (Neo-Romantic) Future

Faith in the transformative power of music courses through Sing Street like an electric current.

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The Flash: Season 2, Episode 1 - “Versus Zoom”

The dark and dangerous threat of Zoom works better than it should, precisely because it's set against the generally happy tone of this show.

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22 Apr 2016 // 3:00 AM

The Oxford Handbook of Music & Virtuality

Blur's Damon Albarn and comic book artist Jamie Hewlett created the cyberworld Gorillaz as a critique and subversion of manufactured music. Does it succeed in its intentions?

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PJ Harvey: The Hope Six Demolition Project

Harvey's ninth album buzzes with energy, but her stories, for the first time, often make her sound like a tourist unable to scratch the surface of the places she documents.

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Movie Time: Annie Baker’s Pulitzer-winning ‘The Flick’ Transfers to the National Theatre

Funny, sorrowful, quietly subversive, and a film nerd’s wet dream, Annie Baker’s Pulitzer-prize-winning play mines humour and pathos.

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22 Apr 2016 // 2:20 AM

J Dilla: The Diary

Fifteen years after J Dilla signed a two-album deal with MCA, his solo rap album The Diary is finally seeing release.

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Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom: Otis Was a Polar Bear

The eclectic drummer fronts her best jazz band ever, setting up clarinet, cornet, violin, and piano to fly free and have fun. Allison Miller is a force.

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22 Apr 2016 // 2:10 AM

RJD2: Dame Fortune

Master hip-hop bricoleur RJD2 creates a set of arresting electro-funk beat-impulses on his new LP.

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Let the Darkness In: Johnny Indovina Reflects on 30 Years of Human Drama

For every band that makes it big, there are countless others working for the love of creation. Human Drama is one of those bands.

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4 the Tears in Your Eyes: Remembering Prince

A reflection on the life and death of Prince, one of popular music's greatest artists.

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Better Call Saul: Season 2, Episode 10 - “Klick”

Chuck and Jimmy continue to battle, Mike's plans are halted at the last moment, and Ernesto takes home finale MVP honors in the season’s final episode.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 3, Episode 16 - “Paradise Lost”

Sacrifices, both large and small, form the basis of the episode's narrative, as Hive gains power.

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21 Apr 2016 // 9:14 AM

‘Archer’, Season Seven, and the Fantasies of Success

Apolitical Archer eases into its seventh season with the same dedication to parody and fantasy that's always characterized the series.

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VICE: Season 4, Episode 5 - “Meathooked and End of Water”

Vice covers the dual disasters of our modern meat and water industries, and how we're slowly running out of both resources.

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Criticism: It Gets Personal

New York Times film critic A.O. Scott defends his craft in a thought-provoking book, even as he gets attacked by the very industry he critiques.

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‘Men & Chicken’ Is as Enjoyable as It Is Absurd

Anders Thomas Jensen's latest film delivers a genre-bending story, a dark sense of humour, and a delightful cast of oddballs.

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21 Apr 2016 // 2:30 AM

Wire: Nocturnal Koreans

Though Wire have radically reinvented themselves in the past, Nocturnal Koreans finds them aiming their formula just slightly to the left.

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Carlos Niño & Friends: Flutes, Echoes, It’s All Happening!

While interesting in concept and number of musicians involved, Carlos Niño’s new album is about as disappointing as finding out that Santa Claus doesn’t exist.

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Betty Boo: Grrr! It’s Betty Boo

A charming mix of pop kitsch, lite rap and Julie London mannerisms, Betty Boo's lost gem, 1992's Grrr! It's Betty Boo, gets a re-release from Cherry Red Records.

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The Replacements’ Blithely Adolescent Spirit

Bob Mehr's biography of the band that regularly pulled defeat from the jaws of victory makes for compelling, heartbreaking reading.

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21 Apr 2016 // 2:10 AM

Yeasayer: Amen & Goodbye

Yeasayer throw everything into the mix, resulting in a beautiful, trippy, mind-blowing album with smart, catchy songwriting.

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Various Artists: Miles Ahead Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Don Cheadle, director and star of Miles Ahead, has assembled a mostly enticing soundtrack to his film, though still peppered with a few inessentials.

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Vinyl: Season 1, Episode 10 - “Alibi”

Richie gets sold out by his best friend, while the Nasty Bits sell out a show in a neatly tied up season finale.

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The Good Wife: Season 7, Episode 19 - “Landing”

The NSA, Canada, an arrest, the return of Kurt McVeigh and a looming divorce. Yep. We're right back where we started.

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Supergirl: Season 1, Episode 20 - “Better Angels”

Supergirl ends its freshman season on a disappointing note.

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‘Agnostic’: Against Theists and Atheists

Lesley Hazleton’s brand of agnosticism simply holds open a space for contemplative thinking.

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The Walking Dead: Michonne’s Second Part Is All About Momentum

The real success of "Give No Shelter" is the episode's length, resulting in an episode moved along by pure momentum.

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20 Apr 2016 // 3:00 AM

Kiss My Grit: 19th Annual Full Frame Film Festival 2016

Full Frame has that roughly perfect doc fest combo of grit and grits: viable texture, more heavy than fluffy, at times a bit cheesy, sometimes sweet, and always a worthwhile indulgence.

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20 Apr 2016 // 2:30 AM

M83: Junk

What connected on a deeper emotional level with Saturday=Youth is replaced by a chasm of wonder: what in good God’s name was the band’s central idea with Junk?

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Lil Uzi Vert: Lil Uzi Vert vs. the World

A member of rap's ascendant new class, Lil Uzi Vert's newest release is worth exploring to discover what direction the genre is taking.

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Peter Wolf: A Cure for Loneliness

Wolf's eighth solo album shows a gradually mellowing singer still in fine voice and experimenting with a variety of styles.

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Eskimeaux: Year of the Rabbit

Breezy pop music meets exquisite storytelling in Eskimeaux's Year of the Rabbit.

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20 Apr 2016 // 2:04 AM

Lush: Blind Spot

The four songs here announce Lush's return, but they're just a tease.

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Kurt Vonnegut: Our Reluctant, Agnostic, Hippy Guru

Vonnegut's timeless stories challenge the assumptions, institutions, and ideologies that so delimit critical thinking and open-mindedness.

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Orphan Black: Season 4, Episode 1 - “The Collapse of Nature”

The fourth season of Orphan Black seems poised to go back to its roots with “The Collapse of Nature”; that's a good thing.

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