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by G. Christopher Williams

16 Aug 2017

Building a fort is a classic form of play. Be your material cardboard, wood, or just the sofa cushions, as a kid there’s something compelling about holing up while imagining battling the forces of evil and also something compelling about building a structure to serve as your home base for a little while.

Some of this pleasure, perhaps, speaks to the appeal of crafting and base building games. From Minecraft to Conan: Exiles to Rust, there’s clearly something bringing gamers back to the idea of spending some time gathering resources, erecting walls, and building a little oasis for themselves in the sometimes difficult environs of these games.

by Sarah Zupko

16 Aug 2017

Americana/alt-country artist  Christian Lopez sings an ode to his 1972 International Scout truck on the new single "1972".
Photo: Robby
Klein (The Press House)

Americana up and comer Christian Lopez has already impressed us with his 2015 album Onward, which he released at 19 years old. Now he’s back with another album, Red Arrow, which will be released September 22nd via Blaster Records. Two years and Lopez’s sound is maturing fast as his songwriting grows more and more accomplished with every new tune.

Lopez’s new single “1972” is shuffling country ballad painted as an ode to his 1972 International Scout truck that he owned during his teenage years. In this case, a truck is more than a truck as it served as Lopez’s means of freedom as a young man and something that produced many great memories for the artist.

by Jordan Blum

16 Aug 2017

This latest offering  from the Canadian "orchestral indie" quintet is a charming and somber gem.

Photo: Wally Jay Parker

Earlier this year, Canadian “orchestral indie” quintet Common Deer released its debut EP, I, to national acclaim. A striking collection of symphonic folk rock whose male/female vocal interactions, heartfelt melodies, and robust arrangements conjured shades of Death Cab for Cutie, Of Monsters and Men, and the Decemberists, it signaled the arrival of a resonant and tasteful new act. Fortunately, the group is gearing up to release its next sequence, II, on September 8th, and if their latest song, “Glass”, is any indication, it’ll sustain its predecessor’s excellence in every way.

by Jonathan Frahm

16 Aug 2017

Captivating melodies meld  with layered instrumentation on the latest from the Portland indie rockers Melville.

Photo: Jeremy Wade

The New Zero is, in its essence, the idea that the aftermath of an event is malleable,” says Melville lead singer Ryan T. Jacobs. “Things, both good and bad, happen to people on a daily basis and we can’t usually affect the input coming our way but what we can do is affect the outcome of what has already happened and where we go from there.”

by John Burns

16 Aug 2017

Michael Wong’s  critically-acclaimed short film debut turns on the charm and leaves us with a familiar question about relationships.

Zhuang Zhiqi and Dongjun Han (IMDB)

Cinema is not interested in perfect love stories. Cinema is interested in the wreckage, in the torment, in the heartbreak. Whether it’s delivered via illness, accident, infidelity or mere circumstance, cinema thrives in the tragic wreckage of a failed relationship.

From Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard in Brief Encounter (David Lean, 1945), through Ryan O’Neal and Ali Macgraw in Love Story (Arthur Hiller, 1970), right up to Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in La La Land (Damien Chazelle, 2016), time and time again audiences have been rapt by stories of imperfect romances, of loves and, ultimately, losses.

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