The Obscure Cities Series Blends the Subtle and the Fantastic

The Obscure Cities Series Blends the Subtle and the Fantastic

By Hans Rollman

The steampunk cityscapes are fantastic in The Theory of the Grain of Sand, yet the underlying mystery is subtle. 17 Feb 2017 // 7:30 AM

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15 Feb 2017 // 2:15 AM

Vermont: II

There is a very singular sort of trajectory to II, lived-in and about as vital as ambient music ever deigns to be.

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Pontificating Drama: The Glory and Absurdity of HBO’s ‘The Young Pope’

HBO's The Young Pope is a fascinating and ambitious filmic endeavor that's remarkably unpredictable, conceited, and foreign to the North American eye.

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The march towards equality gains two staunch, hilarious new voices with the day-glow dream Throwing Shade.

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For those who haven’t yet experienced Bananamania, Moshi Moshi is as good a place to start as any. Because what Yoshimoto does, she does incredibly well.

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Race Explored With Different Degrees of Emphasis: ‘Pioneers of African-American Cinema’

Encompassing documentaries, silent comedy, melodramas and religious films, this collection of early cinema made by American-American filmmakers is fascinating viewing.

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14 Feb 2017 // 2:30 AM

Moiré: No Future

Moiré sees a world spinning out of control on this mesmerizing left-field house album.

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Mozart’s Sister: Field of Love

If the candied aspect of Field of Love makes for an entertaining listen, the same characteristic at times limits the album's emotional scope and depth.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Hillbilly Blues

The historical reframing and high quality of re-mastering make this and other Rough Guide early music collections well worth the time and investment.

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'Who' Will Be the Next Doctor?

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"What shall it be? A Doctor with whip-smart delivery of his lines? A woman who will bewitch before she kicks a Dalek's ass? Oh, the possibilities...

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