Wednesday, April 15 2015
Interstellar is a movie full of Big Ideas that end up overshadowing the human element, particularly during the poorly plotted first act.
The addition of a full musical ensemble has done little to alter Villagers’ sound, what with the lush, ethereal arrangements, the lonely reminiscing and reflection, and the hushed gaze that pervades these pieces overall.
On Better than Home Beth Hart delivers a veritable tour-de-force that highlights her remarkable prowess as both a singer and songwriter.
The Blind Writer is less about South Asians and the Indian-American experience as it is about Indian-American men and their (in)abilities to navigate life.
A delightful journey of songs through musical decades and styles, all delivered in Scaggs' soulful tenor.
If you wanted a cover album of Black Sabbath, Nirvana and Weezer's greatest hits but the originals were too strong for you, no worries! JEFF the Brotherhood's prolonged adolescent fixation with their predecessors continues!
Judas Priest's three-disc re-issue of their classic 1984 chart-topper shows that the years have been kind to both the album and the band.
Tuesday, April 14 2015
Stevens goes for a transformative, pensive, and atmospheric live presentation. Ultimately, that’s what makes his artistry so one-of-a-kind and invaluable.
Saga propels readers into new and unchartered, yet always compelling, spaces. From the horribly exotic to the stunningly beautiful, the characters are impossible to forget.
The idea here is that Madec's limitless financial resources make him every bit as phantasmal and inexorable as Jason Voorhees.
A rigorous, middle ground between lurid populist histories and dry academia, Anna Whitelock provides an excellent biography as a well trained historian.
Aiming for an incisive social commentary on the increasing violence of youth gangs, Class of 1984 falls short.
Seeds of experimentation and collaboration planted long ago bear some of the best fruit of Calexico's long career.
Jill Alexander Essbaum’s first novel bleakly evokes the life of a woman adrift. However well built, it is story constructed over a sinkhole.
On its second album After It All, the Durham-based sextet successfully raids the storehouse of American musical traditions, incorporating influences ranging from blues to folk, rock to pop, and hip-hop to musical theater.
Americana's band of brothers expand their sonic horizons in Water Walker.
Madeon has the ear for a strong hook and a natural knack for dance production, but by failing to provide enough distinction to his tracks on an individual basis, his Tumblr-friendly brand of EDM turns him into a bit of a one-trick pony.
Sidewalk Chalk rise further to the top of the hip-hop scene with their third release, Shoulder Season.
Monday, April 13 2015
The arena for a multiversal clash is set, but lacks theatrics.
Sarah Helm’s Ravensbrück is a searingly comprehensive look at the sole concentration camp built to house women. It is the nonfiction of nightmares.