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Wednesday, July 9 2014

James: La Petite Mort

Tim Booth lost his mother and a friend. His band's aesthetic betrays his grief. But it all somehow comes out alright.


Paul Weller: More Modern Classics

No collection could do justice to some of the diverse paths which Paul Weller has pursued over the last decade.


Ruthann Friedman: Chinatown

If this was the last day on Earth, Friedman would still go out and greet friends and celebrate the moment rather than cry in despair.


Nikki Lane: All Or Nothin’

Tough and yet tender, sexy and yet seductive, All of Nothin’ appeals to all of your good senses, and it is a wonderful testament of an artist who is very quickly coming into her own.


Tuesday, July 8 2014

Halle Berry Lands on TV for ‘Extant’

Flashbacks appear first as if in her mind (via circular mirrors and quaint iris transitions) and then as if on digital recording (on a tablet), neither obviously accurate.


On Equal Footing: “Sex Criminals #6”

Sex Criminals fits into a category all its own. Is it a book about sex? It is certainly dirty, but it doesn’t exploit its characters.


The Groundbreaking Wonderfulness of ‘I Spy’

I Spy is filled with revolutionary diversity, exotic filming locations, and a textbook example of on screen chemistry.


Sia: 1000 Forms of Fear

What happens when one of the most successful and prolific songwriters of the past few years decides to return to the career that debilitated her emotionally and physically?


Selina O’Grady’s ‘And Man Created God’ Edifies and Entertains

And Man Created God is an impressively detailed and panoramic survey of how power and piety interacted with one another in the increasingly globalized classical world.


Tombs: Savage Gold

Savage Gold proves extreme metal to be a race to the bottom that no one wins.


A Sunny Day in Glasgow: Sea When Absent

This wholly unique dream-pop band returns with an album that takes their ambient, dreamy sound to new and interesting places.


White Sea: In Cold Blood

Before this night is through, White Sea wants to do real bad things with you.


The Everymen: Givin’ Up on Free Jazz

While it sometimes sticks too close to home, most of Givin' Up on Free Jazz is an open and welcome invitation to join the band there and get lost in the feeling of good rock 'n roll.


Monday, July 7 2014

‘My Way to Olympia’: A Filmmaker’s Education

As it follows Paralympians en route to London 2102, this documentary makes clear the arbitrary dividing line between what's "normal" and what's not.


Beck + GOASTT: 1 July 2014 - Summerstage, New York (Photos)

Beck really knocked it out of the park with his show at Summerstage.


A Beautiful Institutional Breakdown: “Uncanny X-men #22”

Disorganization and ineptitude somehow come together in a wonderfully meaningful story.


A Tree Grows in Stoningham: ‘All That Heaven Allows’

There’s no scenery chewing in All That Heaven Allows, just very eloquent décor.


Judas Priest: Redeemer of Souls

This is Judas Priest as they haven't been heard in nearly 25 years. Not since Painkiller has the band had this much power, energy, or hooks.


The Proper Ornaments: Wooden Head

Hardly original, but always something of quality, Wooden Head is a record you’ll be glad to hear, and, by the end, leaves you wanting more.


‘Famous Baby’ Shows What Happens When It’s Time for Mommy Bloggers to Grow Up

Famous Baby is fun and funny and a bit flawed, just like its two main characters.


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