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Fear the Walking Dead: Season 2, Episode 13 - “Date of Death”

Madison tries to maintain order at the hotel in the face of new refugees; Travis arrives with the story of how he and Chris parted ways.

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Metallica School Audience in Rock at Intimate New York Show

The group's strong core is immutable as Metallica proved at Webster Hall.

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‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ Is All Style, No Sense

Tim Burton misses again, though his bizarre take on the superteam gimmick has its charms.

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Is Any Musical Artist Worth a $1 Million Performance Fee?

Before you rush to judge Rihanna's appearance at Sziget this year, consider how essential the model has become.

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‘Closet Monster’ Is an at Times Brilliant Cinematic Mashup

Closet Monster is a promising yet unevenly told film which fluctuates between stock coming of age fare and emotionally rich, inventive direction.

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‘Saga #38’ Is Devastatingly Dramatic In the Best Possible Way

An epic, exotic space opera delivers a dramatic impact for the ages.

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The Mexican Journey That Made One of the 20th Century’s Finest Writers

Sybille Bedford's account of her remarkable year in Mexico is the perfect introduction to one of the 20th century's most remarkable writers.

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David Bowie: Who Can I Be Now? (1974/1976)

The second in the lavish series of box sets surveying David Bowie's career contains some essential classics, but is stretched a little thin and has some disappointing omissions.

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Lost (and Found) in Space: United Sounds of Joy Transmit From Another Universe

If beauty and horror were two parallaxes in the vast expanse of the galaxy, somewhere between those points you might hear these songs.

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29 Sep 2016 // 2:20 AM

Erroll Garner: Ready Take One

Pulling from three separate recording sessions, Ready Take One features Erroll Garner’s inimitable style along with an impression six previously unheard Garner originals.

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29 Sep 2016 // 2:15 AM

Ways of Seeing Kate Bush

Harari’s images are not so much windows unto an inner soul or even openings to the performer’s penchant for the conspicuously odd, but rather hopes for the undisclosed.

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Poster Children: Daisychain Reaction (Vinyl Reissue)

One of the more underappreciated rock bands of the '90s gets on the reissue train with a vinyl-only rerelease of their formative second album, Daisychain Reaction.

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29 Sep 2016 // 2:10 AM

Patten: Ψ (Psi)

Like Boards of Canada in fast forward or Aphex Twin if he paired up with a spoken word artist, being trapped alone with Ψ (Psi) would require you to find a psychiatrist fast; as an escape, though, it is thrilling.

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Various Artists: Afterschool Special: The 123s of Kid Soul

A collection of kids, pushed by parents or teachers or by their own dreams of pop stardom, aspire to follow in the path of the Jacksons.

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Slow Down Molasses: 100% Sunshine

Slow Down Molasses hits all the right post-punk touchpoints for the sake of sound rather than song.

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Lollapalooza Berlin: Kings of Leon Bring Sound, Radiohead Bring Fury

A-list rockers headline Germany's second Lolla installment

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‘Deepwater Horizon’ Is at Best Incomplete, at Worst Dishonest

Peter Berg’s disaster movie is so entranced by individual bravery it mostly forgets about corporate villainy.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 4, Episode 1 - “Ghost”

Ghost Rider shifts Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. from sci-fi to supernatural; will the series survive the transition?

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‘Deepwater Horizon’ Will Entertain You Even If It Fails to Enrage You

Peter Berg’s gripping disaster thriller is a cautionary tale about greed, hubris, and ginormous explosions.

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28 Sep 2016 // 9:00 AM

Atlanta: Season 1, Episode 4 - “The Streisand Effect”

Less action, but more character building informs Atlanta's latest episode.

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Walter Benjamin’s Fiction in ‘The Storyteller’ Is a Warm Cure for an Academic Hangover

A master of the theory of craft puts his money where his mouth is, revealing a precise descriptive power that gracefully commands plot and characterization.

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Play Out the Play: Orson Welles’ Chimes at Midnight

Bursting with vertiginous momentum, Chimes at Midnight presents a wonderfully sociable anti-sociality.

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Against Me!: Shape Shift With Me

This worthy follow-up to the acclaimed Transgender Dysphoria Blues finds Against Me! tackling a breakup album with the same energy and fury they used to reserve for political and social issues.

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Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam: I Had a Dream That You Were Mine

On their first collaborative album, Hamilton Leithauser and Rostam Batmanglij linger in unrequited love.

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The Continuing Voyages: ‘Star Trek’ Reboot Fandom and ‘Prime Universe’ Canon

Just as there's no beginning or ending to works of the imagination, the possibilities of story cannot be exhausted.

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28 Sep 2016 // 2:14 AM

Low: The Exit Papers

In 2000, in between the career-defining albums Secret Name and The Things We Lost in the Fire, Low created the EP The Exit Papers, a stab at making film music.

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Hieroglyphic Being: The Disco’s of Imhotep

Jamal Moss as Hieroglyphic Being does it again. And if you're curious about what "it" is, then enjoy the ride.

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28 Sep 2016 // 2:05 AM

WITCH: Lukombo Vibes

Exuberant grooves and a growing sense of musicianship mark WITCH's first foray into true Afro rock.

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Californium: Another Story of Adolescent Angst—With Guitars

Californium is a Frankenstein’s monster of coming-of-age stories, its many moving parts borrowed and reassembled from stock, clichéd characters and plot devices.

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Opeth’s Fake Nikki Sixx: An Interview with Mikael Akerfeldt

Opeth frontman Mikael Akerfeldt opens up about Opeth's 25 year career, the band's new album Sorceress, and his desire to score a Meryl Streep film one day.

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The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: Season 2, Episode 14 - “Bruce Springsteen”

Springsteen's interview with Colbert emphasizes the politics of space and reveals how we should truly judge his forthcoming memoir.

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On Friedrich Nietzsche’s Early Intellectual, Emotional, and Spiritual Development

The Making of Friedrich Nietzsche is a carefully considered and well-paced biography that knows exactly how much it intends to say and doesn't aspire to take on any more than is necessary.

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The Personal Accounts of The Beach Boys Make This Documentary Worthwhile

Classic Albums: Pet Sounds expands the mythos of one musician to an entire group, and in doing so, allows us to see the project in a different, equally compelling light.

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Racializing Rock: The ‘60s and the White Sounds of ‘Pet Sounds’

Pet Sounds is not a racist text, but its impact was racist because it further encoded rock as a white genre, perpetuating the institutionalized prejudice that relegated African Americans to the margins of rock.

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27 Sep 2016 // 2:30 AM

Opeth: Sorceress

This third entry in Opeth's newest phase doesn't quite match Pale Communion, but it's still a wonderfully multifaceted journey.

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The Frightnrs: Nothing More to Say

As though phoned in from another era, the Frightnrs bring the Daptone aesthetic to rocksteady, in the process creating one of the best albums the genre has to offer.

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27 Sep 2016 // 2:15 AM

Mr. Oizo: All Wet

Collaboration ends up as both vice and virtue on Mr. Oizo's sixth album, rendering one half of the album a lot of fun.

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A Queer Alliance: Dame Margaret Rutherford and Dawn Langley Simmons

Rutherford, an actor famous for playing spinsters and quirky aunts. Simmons, an author infamous for changing sex and marrying outside her race.

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Alien Ensemble: Alien Ensemble 2

A seven-piece band from Germany mistakes influence for style.

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Various Artists: Abrazo: The Havana Sessions

An essential collection for any enthusiast of fine instrumental music or anyone who wants to peer further into the previously elusive Cuba through it.

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‘Planetes’ Should Be Required Baggage on the First Mission to Mars

This space drama aboard a garbage collection ship makes for first-rate sci-fi.

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‘Supernatural’ Season 11 Is a Battle Between Good and Lackluster

As the Winchesters fight an all-powerful yet boring villain, the show is redeemed by its stand-alone episodes.

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La Notte della Taranta: Celebration and Solidarity

The "big concert" of Italy's biggest folk festival was almost canceled after a devastating earthquake. But the show went on -- as a benefit for relief and reconstruction.

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‘Queen of Katwe’ Both Lapses Into and Transcends Formula

Queen of Katwe offers a way to see into another world, a way to expand your own understanding.

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‘Fade To Gray’ Is an Insightful Study of Aging in American Cinema

Timothy Shary and Nancy McVittie’s rewarding, accessible study explores representations of aging and older characters in American film from early cinema to the present-day.

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‘Goat’ Is a Terrifying Cautionary Tale of Bro Brutality

As gut-wrenching and savage as advertised, Goat is an imbalanced but powerful examination of the ugliest of all campus traditions.

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To Seek Out New Star Trek Fans and Form New Star Trek Civilizations

As the most well-studied fandom, Star Trek fans have shaped the way that seminal concepts in fan studies have emerged.

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Regina Spektor: Remember Us to Life

It is exciting to see what Regina Spektor can do when she conceives of an album as a holistic unit, rather than a collection of idiosyncratic parts.

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Mourning in America: Remembering ‘Twin Peaks’

Frustrating expectations was part of Twin Peaks modus operandi.

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26 Sep 2016 // 2:20 AM

Negură Bunget: ZI

Negură Bunget returns with the second installment of its Transylvanian Trilogy.

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Doyle Bramhall II: Rich Man

Bramhall does plenty of good things, but ultimately Rich Man lands as a solid but slightly frustrating release.

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August Wells: Madness Is the Mercy

If you have a soft spot for subtly baroque songs with a deep well of empathy and passion, this is for you.

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Neil Gaiman Takes on a Different Perspective

Readers of Gaiman's blog or Twitter feed know his schedule is always full of interesting projects. Here's proof that he's just as busy, and interesting, on the nonfiction side.

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26 Sep 2016 // 2:05 AM

Jim Snidero: MD66

A veteran alto saxophonist looks back 50 years at the revolutionary approach of the Second Great Miles Davis Quintet.

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Beware of Darkness: Are You Real?

The second album from Beware of Darkness is as much a pump-up playlist as it is a follow-up to their 2013 debut.

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Saddle Up for a Bloody Good Ride With ‘The Magnificent Seven’

Antoine Fugua’s re-imagining of the Western classic is a glorious orgy of machismo and mayhem.

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Smokin’ Gov’t Mule Tour Rocks Sonoma

Warren Haynes dives in on the hot groove, tearing it up while keyboardist Danny Louis brightens the sonic landscape with some great organ work.

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Bloody Revenge Never Looked This Good: ‘The Dressmaker’ Sways and Slays

Kate Winslet paints the town red in this scrambled but wildly entertaining outback folktale.

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Fear the Walking Dead: Season 2, Episode 12 - “Pillar of Salt”

Information about what happened to Ofelia is revealed; Strand is stabbed unexpectedly; and Madison learns she may be closer to Nick than she realized.

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Wandering Still: An Interview With the Album Leaf

It's been six long years since Jimmy LaValle's last full-length as the Album Leaf, but as Between Waves proves, the wait was worth it.

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Soccer96: As Above So Below

Soccer96 are excellent at their individual instruments, and this set proves they can link up to make some excellent music, too.

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23 Sep 2016 // 8:27 AM

El Perro Del Mar: KoKoro

Sarah Assbring injects her trademark Brill Building aesthetic with a traditional Eastern flair on KoKoro, arriving at a sound that is both startlingly unique and warmly familiar

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23 Sep 2016 // 8:24 AM

Touché Amoré: Stage Four

Touché Amoré's fourth album is its most confessional to date, and arguably its most powerful.

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Randy Newman: The Randy Newman Songbook

Randy Newman is a national treasure, and this lavish vinyl box set is a fitting showcase for his many musical and lyrical gifts.

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Film Forum Marx Brothers Festival: Unassuaged Desire

The Marx Brothers are polymorphously perverse: they find pleasure everywhere.

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Less Story, More Play: All Aboard for Planet Marlys!

Legendary cartoonist Lynda Barry's most iconic character takes center stage in this large-format hardback.

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Infighting With Underdogs in ‘Civil War II: X-men #4’

The X-men battle each other, but leave a minimal impact.

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Stranger Things: Season 1, Episode 5 - “The Flea and the Acrobat”

Stranger Things pivots toward its eventual conclusion, as each character responds to the "primal frequency" undergirding the narrative action.

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Diane Arbus: “Happiness Perplexed Her”

Arthur Lubow is a meticulous researcher whose writing on Diane Arbus never devolves into the prurient or pedantic.

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Lucy Dacus’ Rising Star Shines Bright

The singer-songwriter's debut record No Burden is getting a second wind on Matador Records, having figured out the recording/performing process from scratch.

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22 Sep 2016 // 7:49 AM

Oddarrang: Agartha

The ingenious Finnish quintet find the overlap between post rock, prog, ambient and jazz.

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The Warlocks: Songs from the Pale Eclipse

Songs from the Pale Eclipse will surprise few fans of neo-psychedelia, but it can stand in until the next bold psych release.

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Jóhann Jóhannsson: Orphée

Orphée is the first album by Jóhann Jóhannsson not associated with a film since 2009’s Fordlandia, and from the opening track, it shows itself as a work to be heard on its own terms.

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22 Sep 2016 // 7:21 AM

Forma: Physicalist

Brooklyn's instrumental trio are back in rare form with a new label, a new band member, and an expanded sonic palette.

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22 Sep 2016 // 7:03 AM

How to Dress Well: Care

How to Dress Well's first album since 2012's Total Loss emerges as a sign of optimism in our all-too turbulent times.

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Two ‘Women in Love’ Prove to Be a Force to Be Reckoned With

In spite of its somewhat obnoxious characters and episodic narrative structure, Women in Love works incredibly well.

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Make It Quick: The Art of the One-liner

Some may dismiss the one-liner as an easy gag, but a good one requires real skill. Luckily, there are comedians out there who have mastered the art.

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On Very Visceral Mysteries: ‘The Woman in Cabin 10’

Much of what happens to the protagonists here and in the comparable The Girl on the Train evades their control.

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The Persistence of Vision: The Radical Liberalism of ‘Star Trek’

Star Trek speaks across cultures, emphasising tolerance, equality, freedom and fraternity; in doing so, it has never been more necessary.

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More Sound and Fury Than Clarity in ‘Against Ambience’

While Kim-Cohen's writing can be cynical and unforgiving and uncompromising. If he's right, none of that matters.

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Making a Sene: The Rise of Brian Marc

Brian Marc, AKA Sene, manages a minimal but heavy discipline of turntablist groove; his dream-washed music appropriates the rhythms of a casual stroll through city streets.

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Wilder in the Heart: An Interview With Butch Walker

He's a Top 40 pop producer by day, '80s rock solo kingpin by night. Butch Walker's back with charm (and stories) to spare.

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The Past and Future of ‘Sin City’ ‘Deadpool’, ‘Alien’, ‘Predator’ and ‘Halloween’

Flops, superheroes, monsters and noir in The Next Reel.

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Beach Slang: A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings

These teenage feelings boldly claim their space and assert their relevance, as vital now as ever.

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Clipping.: Splendor & Misery

If any group were to succeed in making a rap opera in outer space, it would be Clipping.

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21 Sep 2016 // 2:15 AM

God Damn: Everything Ever

God Damn return with their sophomore album, Everything Ever, a roaring and visceral record that suggests the band has a broadening vision and growing ambitions.

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Alex Cameron: Jumping the Shark

Alex Cameron’s album, Jumping the Shark, is unnerving. Basically, you’re stuck in a David Lynch fever dream.

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Race Mixing in ‘Absalom’s Daughters’

This is not an attempt to rewrite Faulkner as much as it's a cogent effort at bringing women and people of color to the forefront of a Faulkner-inspired work.

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21 Sep 2016 // 2:05 AM

Vulture Whale: Aluminium

Better than steroids were for baseball and OJ was for Ford Broncos, beautifully exotic yet weaving the basket between perfect indie pop and obtuse punk funk.

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Too Real for Reality Dating: ‘Coupled’ - Season 1

Crystal blue waters, colorful drinks, and attractive bodies abound, but Coupled also delivers content that goes beyond the stock characters, conventions, and situations of other dating shows.

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‘Tastes Like Chicken’ Will Have You Wanting Seconds

All the great information in Emelyn Rude's Tastes Like Chicken is distractingly indulgent and at times appears to lack direction.

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Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words

A portrait of a woman who succeeded in the film industry despite playing by her own rules.

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Cymbals Eat Guitars: Pretty Years

With Pretty Years , Cymbals Eat Guitars have delivered their richest and most accessible music yet.

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‘Inside’ the Lie of Ambiguity

Inside is too literal to be expressionistic, but too vague to be a narrative. It's so ambiguous that it fails to be anything.

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Billy Bragg and Joe Henry: Shine a Light: Field Recordings From the Great American Railroad

Bragg and Henry’s latest is a resounding statement on the foundation of one of the greatest achievements of American backbone.

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Graveola: Camaleão Borboleta

With a new experiment every track, Graveola's latest charts a psychedelic journey through Brazil.

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‘High Dive’ Balances the Momentous Event With the Human Experience

Despite the story's smoldering core about the 1984 Brighton Hotel Bombing, Lee concerns himself mostly with the periphery.

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20 Sep 2016 // 2:10 AM

Sex Stains: Sex Stains

The first song on Sex Stains is so effective that the rest of the album has a hard time matching its combination of catchy and harrowing.

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Legacy and Oblivion: 25 Years of Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’

Nevermind, while containing most of the hits for which Nirvana is celebrated is, of the four primary releases, the least emotionally and aesthetically complex.

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The Power of the Mythic Medusa in Deborah Levy’s ‘Hot Milk’

An intelligent exploration of myth, memory, and the monstrous in the feminine.

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