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Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014
Get a taste of Fall 2014's new shows on Wednesday evenings, with a little analysis on their odds for renewal.

Wednesday nights will be tough for all of the the new series on the major networks this fall. The schedule is full of old favorites that viewers will have to be persuaded to stop watching in order to try something new. The key question here is obvious: are any of these new shows worthy of your time?


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Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014
Silent Lions frontman releases solo EP on 24th birthday and prefaces it with a stark music video.

Silent Lions frontman Dean Tartaglia is one of the Midwest’s most prolific and seasoned young musicians. Turning 24 this week, the Ohio native is dropping a surprise EP, accompanied by a minimalistic, slideshow-style video for the song “I Feel Something”.


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Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014
Stream the latest album by Katrina Leskanich (of Katrina and the Waves fame), Blisland, here on PopMatters.

The lone mainstream splash of Katrina and the Waves remains “Walking on Sunshine”, but frontwoman Katrina Leskanich hasn’t let that lightning in a bottle success become a yoke to her career as a musician. As attested by Blisland, her latest album, Katrina is a songwriter with a storehouse of energy for what she does. Blisland‘s classic rock flourishes, particularly in its ripping guitar solos, create a vivacious environment. Numbers like “Dizzy” bring to mind Mary Chapin Carpenter at her most effervescent.


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Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014
Four of the Apocalypse's stereotypical and almost satirical character depictions and its pilgrimage structured plot-line chronicles a voyage to redemption.

Lucio Fulci, the “Godfather of Gore,” had a knack for turning poorly structured and acted exploitation movies destined to die in the grindhouses into minor works of art. He did this by painting over their mediocrity with blood and guts in a aesthetically stylish manner. Although he is best remembered for directing a handful of cult-classics in the horror genre such as Zombi 2 (1979) and The Beyond (1981), he did make three Spaghetti Westerns: Massacre Time (1966), Four of the Apocalypse (1975), and Silver Saddle (1978).


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Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014
Mutineers may not represent David Gray's best work, but his performance at Northerly Island nonetheless found him in fine form.

The fact that David Gray is able to nearly fill massive venues across the world almost 15 years after the release of his lone global breakthrough (1999’s White Ladder) is somewhat perplexing. This isn’t because Gray himself is bad; he, in fact, remains one of the most underrated singer/songwriters out there. But in going through his discography, it doesn’t take one long to realize just how off-kilter he is compared to his contemporaneous singer/songwriters. His chord progressions are often unpredictable and at times unsettling (“When I Was in Your Heart” from 2010’s Foundling); his choruses typically rely on repeated simple phrases (“It takes a lot of love” from fan favorite “My Oh My”); and, most of all, his lyrics, while rich with playful alliteration and intriguing images, at times become too surreal for their own good (“There are carnivals of silverfish waiting to dance upon our bones” from 2009’s Draw the Line). He’s easy to admire, but it’s equally easy to be confounded by how popular he remains, given the type of fare that typically does well in the mainstream public.


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