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Monday, July 7 2014

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.


Chrissie Hynde: Stockholm

The Pretenders vocalist delivers first solo album with a little help from her friends. Results may vary.


Mariah Carey: Me. I Am Mariah: The Elusive Chanteuse

Elusive would imply that she's hiding from us. The irony is that this album serves Mariah Carey in droves.


Handsome and Gretyl: Miles and Miles

Music of the earth, emotion and community, Handsome and Gretyl talk love, hope, optimism, and life.


Wednesday, July 2 2014

Demons From Iraq Come to the Bronx in ‘Deliver Us From Evil’

War is bad, demons are bad, walking on human skulls is bad. And then what?


Bottlerock Festival Battles For Long-term Viability

The middle day of the festival on Saturday featured a strong draw for the rock ‘n' roll crowd.


Howard Hawks and John Wayne Defined a Genre with ‘Red River’

It’s nearly impossible to not get roped in by the easy banter of the dialogue, the epic drama, and the luminous images of this quintessential Western.


The Bats: Volume 1

The Bats are a crucial part of the Flying Nun story, as well as the story of New Zealand music.


‘Boy in the Twilight: Stories of the Hidden China’ Is both Trivial and Expansive

There is nothing hidden about the world of these stories, and Yu Hua’s writing is defined by its plainspoken voice and depiction of quotidian lives.


Willie Nelson: Band of Brothers

Willie Nelson still makes records that are smart, funny, sexy, and heartbreaking.


Linkin Park: The Hunting Party

The Hunting Party is a decent record on its own, but it feels too repetitive, uninspired, and generic to equal its immediate predecessors.


The Meatmen: Savage Sagas

“The Ballad of Stinky Penis”. “I’m Gonna Fuck You Up!". “Big Bloody Booger on the Bathroom Wall”. If those song titles seem even remotely appealing to you, boy, have I got the record for you!


Buddy Rich: The Solos

As the title implies, this is nothing but drum solos from one of the greatest drummers of all time. Even if the notion turns you off, the album itself will prove mesmerizing.


Tuesday, July 1 2014

In ‘Earth to Echo’,  Kids Find an Alien (and Themselves) with Their Cameras

The children in Earth to Echo are trying to be understood, and to matter, with the footage they shoot.


But for the Trees: “The Woods #2”

Imagine you’re back in high school. You’re faced with a lot of societal pressures such as fitting in and applying for colleges. Now to top that off your school has inexplicably been transported to an alien galaxy. You are now entering The Woods.


Going ‘Up the Junction’ to Get Down with the Common People

Despite being set in London's Swinging Sixties, Up the Junction comes across just as apropos of America's here and now.


The Pleasure Seekers’ Have All the Cars, Clothes, and Guys That Money Can Buy

These adventurous women only wear some kind of underwear or nightie in front of the windows for that funny little peeping tom across the courtyard.


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