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Family Flavours in Mike Leigh’s ‘Life is Sweet’

Family, friends, and food form the focus of Leigh’s broad but funny, relatable and affectionate 1990 film, which here receives a welcome Blu-ray and DVD re-release from BFI.

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18 Oct 2017 // 2:30 AM

Bell Witch: Mirror Reaper

Bell Witch moves the listener with a deathly journey that is often poetic and at times philosophically rich.

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18 Oct 2017 // 2:20 AM

Pink: Beautiful Trauma

Indulgence and cliché were never attributes we've used to describe peak-era Pink, but on this languid, ballad-heavy effort, they fit perfectly.

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JD McPherson: Undivided Heart and Soul

McPherson has shaken things up a bit. His music is less genre bound than his past endeavors. Heck, some of this record resembles the work of '60s girl groups or even '70s New Wave pop.

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Willie Watson: Folksinger Vol. 2

On Folksinger Vol. 2, Willie Watson once again establishes himself as a fine interpreter of song.

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18 Oct 2017 // 2:05 AM

ORB: Naturality

ORB are a trio that sounds like a trio -- the surprises are few and tedium is bountiful.

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The Five Phases of Metallica: A Case Study in Catalog Organization

A layperson takes a stab at music sabermetrics by tracing Metallica's success and failures through these five phases.

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Steady Dark Grooves: An Interview with the Horrors

Rhys Webb of the Horrors opens up about the process and direction behind their latest album, V, and how they've managed to thrive and stay together through their first decade.

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Spock’s Beard - “I’m Dying” (live) (video) (premiere)

Spock's Beard shares a live performance of their classic song "I'm Dying".

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Love Light Orchestra - “Love and Happiness” (audio) (premiere)

Love Light Orchestra recall the glory days of Memphis soul and blues on "Love and Happiness".

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‘The Astronaut Wives Club’ Shoots for the Moon, Finds a Star or Two

Based on Lily Koppel's 2013 book by the same name, The Astronaut Wives Club suffers from a bloated cast, allowing for only one or two compelling storylines.

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‘Queer Game Studies’ Aims to Break Entrenched Binaries

This collection exemplifies what great benefits the wider gaming community stands to reap as people of more diverse backgrounds find themselves comfortable within that community.

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‘Baby Driver’ Really Really Wants to Be Cool, Which is Not Cool

If this seriocomic heist flick about a music-obsessed getaway driver had more on its mind than some killer tracks, it might have been a blast.

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Wax Fang - “Glass Island” (audio) (premiere)

Kentucky outfit continues its long-held tradition of defying the rules and coming up winning.

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John le Carré‘s ‘A Legacy of Spies’ Has that Old Dark Magic

Le Carré’s first George Smiley novel since 1990 finds the spymaster’s old henchman forced to excavate the details of a long-buried mission they both wish they could forget.

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The Get Ahead - “Mind Is a Mountain” (video) (premiere)

"Mind is a Mountain" is an inspiring track of togetherness and perseverance from rising Americana quintet, the Get Ahead.

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Jerry Yester: Pass Your Light Around

The songs reflect the '70s, the time from which they emerged. This music recalls the soft pop of that era.

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Quadro Nuevo and Cairo Steps: Flying Carpet

Two world music powerhouses unite influences and traditions for their first collaborative album.

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The Replacements: For Sale - Live at Maxwell’s 1986

Long thought lost to time, this live recording captures the Replacements at their peak. Their ragged, soused live show-once a thing of anecdotal legend-is presented in its fullest form, warts and all.

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Locked In: An Interview with Electronic Producer Lee Gamble

"I like the alchemy of the whole thing. You have nothing and you build something and keep working and it feels like yours."

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