Tuesday, August 19 2014
Not many readers have put themselves in the headspace of a caped vigilante, but Jon and Suzie, the dynamic duo of deviant thoughts and sexcapades, embody our deepest desires, shame, regrets, and fears.
Hercules is a Disney animated film that shows the studio riding the wave of its '90's renaissance, but not reaching the heights of earlier classics.
Little Rock's Pallbearer add some studio sheen with their sophomore release while maintaining the mudslide-like heaviness of their acclaimed debut.
In one of the best books of 2014, Rebecca Makkai tells a story of time, ghosts, fate, unrequited love, requited love unconsummated, and art.
Thorn appreciates the little things in life one takes for granted: family, love, a good rock beat, etc.
The Provincial Archive makes a wonderful folksy racket, and, should you saunter down to your local record store and pick this up, you’ll be more than glad that you did.
We hear about wrecking balls as a musical metaphor all the time. But what happens when you hand the controls over to an elephant?
Dead Stars do an effective job of mimicking a mid-'90s alt-rock one-hit wonder. Right down to having only two good songs on the album.
Monday, August 18 2014
Orbital Gear is missing an important label that would allow me to forgive its flaws: the "Early Access" label.
The real pleasures of the new Dallas involve engaging with repetition in all its forms and taking melodrama seriously.
Character development doesn't need killer robots or time-traveling enemies. It just needs to be fun.
The Paying Guests is a skillful work of genuinely entertaining literary fiction.
Tori Amos's recent performance at New York City's Beacon Theatre was simply spellbinding and quite possibly one of the best concerts in recent memory.
This film is entertaining and fun, while maintaining an emotional component throughout, making it a classic Disney film rightfully getting its due in this restored master.
The Detroit songstress and her Deltas take queasy carnival music, hoodoo blues stomps, country waltz ballads, primitive rock and jazzy inflections to craft a evocative realm in one of 2014's strongest releases.
A book on the origins of Sega, a gaming industry giant of great historical importance, could have been great.
One critic tries to figure out why everyone loves Fat White Family and she doesn't.
A worthwhile collection for anyone interested in the American folk revival and particularly for those who enjoy its outsider elements.
A timely reminder that Nickel Creek's often lowest profile member is a talented songwriter in his own right.
After a 14-year absence, New Orleans sludge-metal outfit Eyehategod return with their most brutal and best record yet.