Monday, April 13 2015
From 27-29 March, Knoxville, Tennessee music fans were treated to a world of daring and avant-garde music at the latest installment of the Big Ears festival.
The charming and eccentric humor of this vampire mockumentary makes it feel like it was born to be a beloved cult classic.
What becomes of the broken-hearted? They go to an Eels gig, obviously.
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion aren't about to reinvent the wheel, but with music this good they don't need to.
Filled with beautiful obscurities and aural surprises, this collection will delight fans, new and old, of the genre it celebrates.
Lowland Hum's self-titled new album provides further evidence of their ability to wield seamless harmonies and a hushed low cast glow. While a handful of songs take flight, nothing here really breaks the mold or shows any evidence of an uptick in their MO.
Down Under and down in the mouth, Brisbane's Nite Fields are a certainly a moody bunch, but is that a smile lurking in the gloom?
Friday, April 10 2015
When Lost River premiered at Cannes last year, Gosling's urban fairytale was greeted with jeers. It should have been met with cheers.
This artificial intelligence flick uses the nerd archetype to make points about masculinity, ego, and empathy.
This is a film featuring two likeable leads that goes cold and convoluted once we abandon their story and flashback to the past.
The Decemberists recreated its sonic specialties wonderfully at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia on April 7.
Ebert never lived to see the finished product, but it's not a stretch at all to imagine what kind of score Siskel & Ebert would have given it had they the chance: two thumbs up.
This seven-disc set takes all Frank Black's output with the Catholics favors the moment, the song, over the career, which is not a new concept for Black.
The music of Porcupine Tree meets the rhythmic intensity of Whiplash in these eight dazzling reinterpretations.
Heavy on literary references but lacking any relative substance, Kingdom of Fear is akin to AM band conspiracy theorists spouting questionable source material with impunity.
One of heavy music's most prolific and interesting artists makes a quiet, patient album that stands with his best work.
London's Fort Romeau delivers a treat for progressive house fans and old-school electronica devotees alike.
'40s Jazz Guitar Pioneer in Full Regalia
Thursday, April 9 2015
The Beat Generation fails to capture the trendy, hipster social scene that its title promises.
When it comes to family comedies, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is the exact opposite of terrible, horrible, and no good.