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by Sarah Zupko

23 Aug 2017

French soul singer  Million Miles emerges with a stunning new song announcing the arrival of a new talent.

Million Miles is the nom de plume of one Sophie Baudry who was raised in Paris, lives in London, and trained at the superlative Berklee College of Music. Baudry possesses a warm and enveloping voice ideally suited for soul music, with her main influences being Ray Charles and Bill Withers. Million Miles is set to release her debut EP Berry Hill on 3 November with the title referring to the area in Nashville where she recorded and wrote the four songs that will introduce her to the world.

by PopMatters Staff

23 Aug 2017

There's a certain  comfort in knowing that some things will stay the same over the decades.

Adriane Pontecorvo: There’s a certain comfort in knowing that some things will stay the same over the decades: the sun still rises in the morning and sets in the evening, water is still wet, and the Shins still sound like they did in 2007. To the group’s credit, “Half a Million” feels a little more filled out than tracks off of Wincing the Night Away did, and that’s certainly progress, but the indie whine belongs in the past, and it would be nice to hear something a little different from a group that was one of the most promising of the early oughts. This isn’t a bad song, but it’s mid-level mainstream radio at best. [6/10]

by Sarah Zupko

23 Aug 2017

Singer-songwriter Andrew Belle  offers up his most personal set of tunes yet on his new album Dive Deep.

Photo: Laura Dart (The Press House)

Singer-songwriter Andrew Belle found critical acclaim with his 2013 sophomore album Black Bear. But just a year after that, Belle lost his voice for two months and had to confront the fear of losing music as the center point of his life. Luckily the vocal loss only lasted two months and Belle was able to persevere in penning his third album Dive Deep, which releases this Friday. Forced to take stock of his life and increasingly focused on domestic issues, Dive Deep shows Belle delving into his emotional depths to produce a set of songs relatable to anyone who has loved in their lives.

by G. Christopher Williams

23 Aug 2017

An ability to  manipulate a collective is a hint at what a little boy's power as an individual might be.


It has been a year since the release of Inside, Playdead’s follow up to the cult classic Limbo. When I reviewed Inside last June, I talked about its themes but avoided spoiling the game’s ending, so it feels like it has been enough time now to consider that ending and how the game concludes with the embrace of a monstrous embodied form of collectivism.

The little boy that serves as the protagonist of Inside certainly stands out in the washed-out world of Inside. His bright red shirt marks him as unique in a world of muddy gray and starker black and white. This signals his individualism, his heroism, in the game.

by Michael Barrett

22 Aug 2017

With his novel , Hopscotch, Brian Garfield challenged himself to write a suspenseful spy tale in which nobody gets killed.

After their popular romantic comedy House Calls (1978), Walther Matthau and Glenda Jackson reteamed for 1980’s Hopscotch, thus proving it was possible to make a film of Julio Cortazar’s milestone of mischievous modernism.

Just kidding. The film was actually based on a serious novel by Brian Garfield, best known as the author of Death Wish. The author strongly objected to the violent vigilante drama made from that novel, as he felt the film sent the opposite message of what he’d written, and he insisted on being involved in adapting his Edgar-winning Best Novel Hopscotch for the screen. He wrote the first screenplay with Bryan Forbes for the latter to direct with star Warren Beatty, and as projects will, that plan dissolved and reconfigured until he was revising it considerably for director Ronald Neame and star Walter Matthau.

//Mixed media

'Inside' and the Monstrosity of Collectivism

// Moving Pixels

"An ability to manipulate a collective is a hint at what a little boy's power as an individual might be.

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