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Wednesday, October 1 2014

Blake Shelton: Bringing Back the Sunshine

On Bringing Back the Sunshine, Blake Shelton brings back more of the same.


Tomás Doncker Band: Moanin’ at Midnight: The Howlin’ Wolf Project

Here's an album that crackles with fresh mojo while maintaining the authentic vibe of the originals that inspired the project in the first place.


Tuesday, September 30 2014

Lofty Legacies: “Superman: Futures End #1”

An issue about carrying on a legacy, but for only some of the right reasons.


‘Selfie’ Is Like ‘Pygmalion’ with Cell Phones

One of Selfie’s biggest sins is how tone-deaf it is about social media and those who use it successfully.


Haruki Murakami’s Characters Grapple With Friendship and Aging, But His Stories Never Grow Old

Stapled onto an ephemeral present shaped by Lexus cars, Twitter, and transformational training, Murakami engages with timeless themes in his latest colourful tale.


‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Is a Small Part of a Growing Live-Action Comic Book

Marvel is making their own live-action comic series, and while you don’t necessarily need to collect all the pieces to enjoy the story, there’s a much bigger payoff if you do.


‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ Remains the Ultimate Revisionist Western 40 Years Later

It opens with images of mortality and ends with a monster’s operatic dance with a chain saw under a deathly, brooding Texas sun—it’s about America, man.


Prince: Art Official Age / Prince & 3rdeyegirl: PLECTRUMELECTRUM

These two new albums are welcome additions to Prince's canon, as none of his post-2004 comeback discs are as wall-to-wall fun as these are.


Luke Winslow-King: Everlasting Arms

Luke Winslow-King furthers his explorations of pre-war American music on his latest for Bloodshot.


Share ‘Belzhar’ With the YA in Your Life, But Enjoy It Yourself, Too

Jam Gallahue and her English classmates are given journals to keep. But when they begin writing, something strange happens.


S: Cool Choices

Former Carissa's Weird member Jenn Ghetto expands her solo project, S, into a full band for the best parts of Cool Choices. Oddly enough, it's when she's alone on the record that her emotions are the hardest to make out.


Zoot Woman: Star Climbing

Zoot Woman’s eagerly anticipated return to the electronic music scene rarely reaches the glittering heights of its shimmering title.


Deru: 1979

By making an album for himself, Benjamin Wynn just might end up pleasing everyone.


Bruce Hornsby: Solo Concerts

Hornsby explores his many, many sides on a double-disc that might be tough listening for fringe fans.


Monday, September 29 2014

Hitting the Limiter: “Roche Limit #1”

Any good futuristic tale worth reading should transport you to a believable, yet otherworldly reality. Luckily, Roche Limit succeeds at this…


‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Serves as a Metaphor for Our Time

Like Star Trek, this looks back as it looks forward, situating our present in an alternative world that reflects our story today.


‘Cowboys and Indies’ Is a Helluva Book That Will Become a Go-To Guide

Despite its awful title, Gareth Murphy's extensive and compelling tome is the kind of stuff that music nerds' dreams are made of.


You May Not Get It, But David Lynch Knows What He’s Doing in ‘Eraserhead’

It takes 89 minutes to watch David Lynch's Eraserhead, but it could take 89 years to figure out what the hell it was that you just saw.


Thom Yorke: Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes

Tomorrow's Modern Boxes isn't about any new technology, even with its faux-edgy release through bittorrent; it's about the old question about the power and limitations of our human containers.


The Rural Alberta Advantage: Mended With Gold

On third LP, Mended With Gold, the band pursues escape velocity with the most commitment yet, making the most bombastic and polished arrangements of their career.


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