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Monday, July 28 2014

The Wolf Among Us: Episodes 4 & 5

Noir isn't about deduction or reasoning. It's about shaking the trees and seeing what falls out. That's what these episodes are about.


Worthy of Worship: ‘Storm #1’

Ororo Munroe is considered a goddess by many, but it's how she earns that title that makes her divine.


Cinema Sabbath: On ‘Heavy Metal Movies’

If metal is music’s loudest voice against oppression, then surely Mike "McBeardo" McPadden's is the loudest for obsession.


‘Maidentrip’ Is a Journey Across the Sea and Into Adulthood

Laura Dekker was born to be a sailor, a fact she proves in her successful solo sail around the world in Maidentrip.


Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers: Hypnotic Eye

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers provide a blistering reminder of rock 'n' roll's subversive nature with Hypnotic Eye.


Are Karl Marx and Adam Smith as Inviolable as Atoms or DNA?

Utopia or Bust is only a book about utopia if you believe Marxism, in its purest and most evolved form, is a utopian answer to the ills of capitalism.


Braid: No Coast

Late-'90s emo heroes Braid return with their first record in almost two decades.


Ed Sheeran: x

Ed Sheeran certainly doesn't exceed expectations, but he delivers something that resembles a solid mish mash of genres and often cliche lyrics about romance and breakups.


50 Cent: Animal Ambition

50 Cent's latest album is more of the same old 50.


John Escreet: Sounds, Space and Structures

On his sixth recording, this young UK pianist based in New York brings his trio into a fully improvised encounter with British avant-garde saxophone legend Evan Parker.


Otto A Totland: Pinô

Fans of Nils Frahm must be introduced to Otto A Totland, whose delicate piano melodies will forever feel like home.


Sunday, July 27 2014

The Elemental Appeal of ‘The Choking Game’

A paean to the virtue of arrested development lurks at the core, here, which may be predictable. After all, we’re talking about a Lifetime original movie.


Friday, July 25 2014

Scarlett Johansson Gets Goopy in ‘Lucy’

This might be as close to a point as Lucy can get, the essential illogic of movies, of illusion, of delusion.


The Glory of ‘Hercules’ and the Glory of Dwayne Johnson

Sweating and bleeding, swinging maces and destroying architecture, Hercules imposes his will by way of his body, the legend becoming a truth in spite of itself.


Woody Allen’s ‘Magic in the Moonlight’ Considers the Value of Illusion

Stanley rejects the very notion of an afterlife, bitterly noting, like so many Woody Allen characters before him, that our current existence is all we get.


Chalice California (featuring STS9 + Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang

Chalice provided the grooviest kicks seen along old Route 66 in some time.


Bob Marley and the Wailers: Legend (30th Anniversary Edition)

Legend presents Bob Marley at his most unthreatening, and most anodyne. And that was intentional.


Dave Douglas and Uri Caine: Present Joys

Frequent collaborators (trumpet and piano) make their first duet album, interpreting the “shape-note singing” tradition. Simple, different, delightful.


Kitten: Kitten

Kitten may be a young band, but it has an old style. That it partially misses the mark is just an example of music being way too regressive for its own good.


Nerina Pallot: Grand Union / When I Grow Up

Nerina Pallot’s fifth and sixth EPs of 2014 are both challenging and ambitious with big ideas, from pop to disco to funk to electro.


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