Friday, March 7 2014
The dynamic quartet can rock your socks off, but their sound is hard to categorize with its blend of prog-rock riffage, fuzzy blues, Southern soul and melty psychedelia.
One of cinema's most resonant and timeless works, Terence Davies's second film recreates childhood dreams and memories within which any viewer can situate themselves.
It's easy to say that Mould's 1989 debut is a post-Hüsker Dü album, but the story of Workbook is a more complicated one than that, and 25 years later it still plays like a story worth hearing.
Wild Beasts pushes its sound further away from the high-wire theatrics of its early records to create another indispensable album in a catalog quickly becoming one of rock's most distinctive.
TacocaT's buoyant but familiar power-pop is bailed out by its lyrical specificity and amusing delivery.
Boy sounds like nothing other than Bozulich’s own twisty back catalog, a culmination of a career spent distorting punk rock and country and the blues into exciting new shapes.
After all these years, Colin Blunstone retains a wonderful voice. It would be an even more rewarding experience if he were prepared to deploy it on more ambitious material.
Thursday, March 6 2014
As Mayor Rahm Emanuel walks out of frame, his figure blurrs as if the camera can't keep up, you hear another reporter trying to ask another question from off-screen.
Being a reader—that is, a reader of actual books, increasingly feels like a marginal, slightly suspect habit. Wendy Lesser reminds you why you love it, and why you should keep reading.
Yes, this is perhaps one of the most efficient entries in the Hitchcockian subgenre of “every-man trapped in an extraordinary situation”, but he would go on to direct much better films.
The Rube Goldberg Variations are finally given a museum-quality recollection by none other than the artist's Granddaughter. It's hardly what you'd call "very simple".
This is a beyond excellent album, one that could have a person flipping through the thesaurus for additional superlatives.
Although it retains aspects of the old school death mauling that brought Morbus Chron to the Boss HM-2 pedal-laden table, Sweven is much more expansive and experimental.
Before you can say, “Man, can’t those former Soviet Bloc republics do anything right?” Code Red gets a whole lot of zombie mayhem going on.
The sound is there, but the energy is missing.
New Bums, a new project from the Skygreen Leopards' Donovan Quinn and Six Organs of Admittance's Ben Chasny, sounds charmingly effortless, and Voices in a Rented Room provides a soft-spoken, laid-back set of acoustic tunes to dig into.
This four-song compilation of newly unearthed Wyatt/Soft Machine demos is a treasure trove for fans of both the man and his influential band(s).
Wednesday, March 5 2014
It’s always bittersweet when an acclaimed run comes to an end. But, instead of a farewell, it’s an "I’ll see you later" because a new issue #1 is imminent.
One comes away from Don Drummond with a clearer sense of who the man was and why he is considered by many to be the best musician so few people have ever heard of.
The original Donkey Kong is a difficult game. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is ruthlessly difficult.