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Friday, August 15 2014

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons: The Classic Albums Box

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons are the missing link between Frank Sinatra and Bruce Springsteen. Rhino has released almost 18 hours of the act's best material


Sinéad O’Connor: I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss

For Sinéad O'Connor, the personal and the political are one and the same. She makes no distinction, and always, always allows the two to join forces in her music.


Thursday, August 14 2014

Think College Sports Fans are Crazy? Watch ‘SEC Storied: The Stars Are Aligned’

The stars' descriptions of game day rituals suggest that what looks crazy to a non-fan is utterly acceptable, non-news, to fans. And they know who they are.


Is Sex Evil?

Megan Abbott's The Fever gives a lot to chew on, with its subject of female sexuality. You might just wind up crossing your legs, when reading this book.


‘Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers’ Is a Flat Reimagining

Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers tries to do too much, and in its efforts to be action-packed, funny, contemporary, and still tell a classic story, it becomes muddled.


FKA twigs: LP1

FKA twigs releases one of the most anticipated debuts in recent memory, positioning herself as a next generation pop star.


Billy Joe Shaver: Long in the Tooth

The man warbles and slides around the words and delivers them with pizzazz. He always sounds like he’s singing right from the heart. Even when he’s joking, Shaver’s serious.


Penn Penitentiary, Where Converts Dwell Among Convicts

In Down in the Chapel, Joshua Dubler reports on the tensions of the body and the spirit, the restless minds and the stifled desires.


Trey Songz: Trigga

Trey Songz's latest is successful not because it takes a fresh approach or carries an important message, but rather because it so effortlessly epitomizes the modern R&B genre as it currently exists.


The Raveonettes: Pe’ahi

Garage-rockers no longer, Danish duo add a variety of unexpected elements


Various Artists: The Best of Blue Note

Here's another one of those groovy, swingin', melodic and enjoyable exercises in futility.


Wednesday, August 13 2014

‘The Knick’: Clive Owen in 1900s New York City

Again and again, The Knick makes visible the traumas suffered by bodies, at risk, unequal by law, and struggling to survive.


In ‘The Blazing World’, a Lifetime of Smothered Rage Blossoms into an Ingenious Plan

A serious examination of what female artists continue to endure, this is unquestionably one of the year’s finest novels.


‘Low Winter Sun: The Complete Series’: Maybe It Needs to Burn

Low Winter Sun tries to stand out as a refreshing take on the cop drama formula, but it's far too preoccupied with the shows that it knows audiences will compare it to.


Bear in Heaven: Time Is Over One Day Old

On Time Is Over One Day Old, there’s always something missing, a mystery hanging in the air, yet it’s the band’s most satisfying album yet.


You Blew It!: You Blue It

Rising emo band tackles an iconic set of songs from Weezer's "Blue Album" a bit too gently.


Steve Wynn: Sketches in Spain

Steve Wynn continues to follow his muse, this time to Spain, for a couple of reinvigorating albums released on these shores for the first time.


Anders Parker: There’s a Blue Bird in My Heart

There’s a Blue Bird in My Heart is packed with sucker punches and subtle jabs. Filled with sound and fury, no final blow is ever delivered, but, nonetheless, Parker has created a knockout.


Officer!: Dead Unique

Carnivalesque pop music filtered through an eccentric lineage that defies categorization and transcends time. A good thing since it was recorded 20 years ago and is only just now seeing the light of day.


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