Monday, November 2 2015
Despite what Steven Pinker has claimed in his epic debate with Leon Wieseltier in The New Republic, science is less Theory of Everything and more Harper's "Findings".
Friday, October 30 2015
A mainstream metal band like The Black Dahlia Murder is more explicit than anything the Parents Music Resource Center sought to regulate in 1985.
Wednesday, October 28 2015
The dust has cleared on the fourth attempt to bring The Fantastic Four to the big screen. Why is this team of comic characters so important? What keeps going so horribly wrong?
Thursday, October 22 2015
Indiana Jones was born to be a cult object. What does that mean nearly four decades later, when prestigious institutions have embraced this artifice?
Wednesday, October 21 2015
With his new collaboration with French singer Emilie Lesbros, Darius Jones cements his position as a brilliant, model jazz musician in the new century.
Tuesday, October 20 2015
To offend is inevitable for the socio-political commentator-comedian, and to suffer the slings and arrows of backlash should be equally expected.
Monday, October 19 2015
Comedienne Luenell testifies to the oppression, perseverance, and resilience of black women in comedy.
Friday, October 16 2015
In his full proper debut album, Turkish rapper Kamufle creates brilliant soundscapes that evoke the vibrant and animated colours of graffiti art, where daisy-age hip-hop meets an Eastern sensibility.
Thursday, October 15 2015
A committed feminist, Ferrante writes with often astonishing candor, even "ferocity", about women's lives, their conflicted relationships with their bodies, with each other, and with men.
Wednesday, October 14 2015
Through the levelling power of humour, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report cut through the culture's sensationalism and panic to remind us of the baseline of normality beneath all the hysteria.
Tuesday, October 13 2015
Even if you've never heard Swift's original performances, you're hearing them when you listen to Ryan Adams perform 1989.
Monday, October 12 2015
David Gordon White's life-long research of South Asian religions reveals the dubious roots of the West's feel good contemporary yoga industry.
Friday, October 9 2015
Guitarist Piotr Grudziński reflects on the inspirations, processes, and intentions that make Riverside's latest opus, Love, Fear and the Time Machine, another fearless trip into its distinctive and beloved style.
Thursday, October 8 2015
It's hard to imagine an American band that's more inventive, death-defying and affable as Los Lobos. A new book and record reveal why.
Wednesday, October 7 2015
The Moon Sliver is a jigsaw puzzle constructed from jigsaw puzzles.
Tuesday, October 6 2015
Alison Bechdel's Fun Home isn't the first lesbian themed work of art to garner acclaim and controversy; 90 years ago, The Captive set the precedent.
Monday, October 5 2015
I first loved and admired Sarah Records not because it had begun, but because it had ended. It seemed to me ending things took much more courage, strength and self-discipline than beginning them.
Friday, October 2 2015
The extent of US involvement in undermining Middle Eastern democracy is gradually coming to light, and being told through a variety of genres.
Thursday, October 1 2015
It's challenging enough to write good comedy. It's nearly impossible to do so burdened with an agenda, even one as innocuous as featuring a "likeable atheist" as the protagonist.
Wednesday, September 30 2015
This may be the year that sexist music festival organizers have finally met their match.