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Friday, April 17 2015

Disneynature Lets the Clichés Overpower the Footage in ‘Monkey Kingdom’

As Monkey Kingdom turns into another cookie-cutter family film in which the underdog overcomes all odds, it's easy to lose track of the incredible documentary footage.


Counterbalance: Tears for Fears’ ‘Songs from the Big Chair’

I wanted to be with you alone and talk about the 1430th most acclaimed album of all time. But traditions I can trace against the child in your face won't escape my attention. A 1985 synth-pop hit is this week's Counterbalance


Action Games Are About Escalation, Not Reduction

We grow over the course of Battlefield: Hardline, not so much as a character, but as a performer.


The Proclaimers - “You Built Me Up” (video) (Premiere)

The long-running brotherly duo the Proclaimers display their fondness for their canine friends in the video to "You Built Me Up", from their forthcoming Let's Hear It for the Dogs LP.


Benjamin Booker + Olivia Jean: 3 April 2015 - Williamsburg, NY (Photos)

Guitarist Benjamin Booker's versatility with the guitar is earning him quite a following, a fact made obvious by his enthralling recent performance in Williamsburg.


Still Life: The Portrait of Time in ‘Boyhood’

Boyhood sets itself the daunting task of reflecting the breadth of a human adolescence, but it instead reveals that it is in life's minutia that we find the most meaning.


“Why Don’t You Try Writing Your Own Songs?”: ‘The Bends’ and Its Cover Songs

Three unique takes on tracks from The Bends, spanning the stripped-down acoustic to the full-fledged orchestral, represent how these songs still have the power to stun two decades later.


John Carpenter’s ‘Escape From New York’ Is an A-Grade B-Movie

Playing a one-eyed special forces soldier, Kurt Russell has to save an inexplicably British president of America from a dystopian New York in this early '80s classic from director John Carpenter.


Tyler, The Creator: Cherry Bomb

Cherry Bomb is the first time in a long time that we’ve gotten to see Tyler grow up at all, but is it too much to ask for this 24-year-old man to mature a little faster?


The Staves: If I Was

The tightly woven harmonies of these three sisters evoke the old souls and sounds of British folk while offering an updated feminine perspective.


Therapy?: Disquiet (Reviews) [17.Apr.15]
Emile Haynie: We Fall (Reviews) [17.Apr.15]
Seth Glier: If I Could Change One Thing (Capsule Reviews) [16.Apr.15]
20 Questions: Cannibal Ox (Sound Affects) [16.Apr.15]
Self-improvement Through ‘Bloodborne’ (Moving Pixels) [16.Apr.15]
Lapalux: Lustmore (Reviews) [16.Apr.15]
James Blackshaw: Summoning Suns (Reviews) [16.Apr.15]
The Damnwells: The Damnwells (Reviews) [16.Apr.15]
Michael Vincent Waller: The South Shore (Capsule Reviews) [15.Apr.15]
Jimmy Edgar: Fabriclive 79 (Capsule Reviews) [15.Apr.15]
Elliphant: One More (Capsule Reviews) [15.Apr.15]
The 10 Best One-and-Done Directors (Short Ends and Leader) [15.Apr.15]
Villagers: Darling Arithmetic (Reviews) [15.Apr.15]
Beth Hart: Better Than Home (Reviews) [15.Apr.15]
Boz Scaggs: A Fool to Care (Reviews) [15.Apr.15]
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