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Saturday, April 18 2015

Record Store Day Video Performances: Django Django, the Hinds, the Take, and More (video)

In anticipation of the 2015 issue of Record Store Day, check out these four videos, featuring performances by Django Django, the Hinds, and the Take, as well as artist interviews about the magic of vinyl.

Friday, April 17 2015

SLV - “Heartbreaker” (video) (Premiere)

Rotoscope-esque visuals meet bouncy synthpop in the latest video from the Brooklyn duo SLV.

‘Unfriended’, Social Media, and the Horror of Sharing Too Much

Unfriended raises a few good questions concerning how social media works, how it is used, and also how it shapes experience.

Jethro Tull - “Cold Wind to Valhalla (BBC Version)” (audio) (Premiere)

Hear an unreleased alternate take on the Minstrel in the Gallery cut "Cold Wind to Valhalla" in lead-up to that album's special edition 40th anniversary release, featuring new mixes by modern prog maestro Steven Wilson.

‘Child 44’ Is a Suspenseless Soviet-Era Misstep

By adding too many subplots and political asides to the true story of Soviet serial killer Andrei Chikatilo, Child 44 becomes a deadly bore.

‘Furious Hoops Vol. 1’ Compilation - Record Store Day 2015 (audio) (Premiere)

The worlds of indie rock and '90s basketball coalesce perfectly on a special Record Store Day 2015 release, Furious Hoops Vol. 1.

Every Generation Gets the ‘Daredevil’ It Deserves

Marvel's Daredevil is a reminder that our pop culture, even that which is rooted in the pulp tradition, can be vivid, vital, and powerful.

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.

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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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