Friday, March 14 2014
For Dream a Little Dream, Portland-based genre-hoppers Pink Martini are joined by the newest generation of the Von Trapp family. While the band continues to expand on its omnivorous creative energies, the results are scattershot.
Hollow & Akimbo's debut is made up of big-sound production, layers of texture and indistinct instrumentation arriving in waves of color, the melodies often crashing into heavily percussive pandemonium before reassembling themselves from the din.
The Chicago house education continues with this nice package that gets into the genre's second, early '90s phase, including something called "Ghetto House".
Jellyfish pursued what Brian Wilson famously termed “teenage symphonies to God,” complete with sweet vocal harmonies and guileless baroque arrangements that seem effortless despite their sophistication.
Thursday, March 13 2014
Particle Fever tells a fascinating, intangible, vastly complex story of what it means to discover the Higgs boson, specifically, what it means for a fascinating, emotional, wholly appealing assembly of scientists.
Hangouts at a drive-in theater, bowling alley, or mall have moved to online spaces as changes in commuting, school districts, and chronic overscheduling of teens means they need a new way to network.
Russian transcendental filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky’s expansive tapestries define meditativeness.
Ripper Street's greatest strength is to avoid direct reference to the killings as an investigative project and to treat them as traumatic events from which its characters are trying to recover.
Just why Acorn Media recently released Hetty Wainthropp Investigates: The Complete Collection nearly 20 years after its initial broadcast is hardly a mystery.
With strong echoes of Krzysztof Penderecki, late Scott Walker, and the orchestral work of Terry Bozzio, Danny Bensi & Saunder Jurrianns' score to Enemy is bursting at the seams with tension and suspense. It's also the best score of 2014 so far.
Wareham's new solo record is a smooth, low-key affair that showcases his evolution into a more direct songwriter.
Kids These Days is an entertaining exploration of impending fatherhood and criminal madness.
Glitched out, wiggy bass music from heavyweight sound designing newcomer Matthew Wilcock
Too Much Information is easily one of the most uninspired albums to be released in 2014.
Southern Culture on the Skids puts a fresh coat of paint on some old songs.
Wednesday, March 12 2014
A new era has begun at the Jean Grey Institute, but it's an era without direction.
It’s impossible not to realize that the author, too, has come to the conclusion that Fritz Lang was a beast not even he could tame.
The Returned asks a not-so-simple question about how the living would react to the return of the dead, and offers no easy answers.
Emanuele Crialese is a master at conveying mesmerizing images which contrast how the horrors of social injustice become almost invisible when set against exotic locales.
The player again takes on the role of Gabriel Belmont, now known as Dracula, in a story that is meant to contrast the importance of duty to family with the pursuit of selfish ambition. But how deep do the sins of the father run?