The Obscure Cities Series Blends the Subtle and the Fantastic

The Obscure Cities Series Blends the Subtle and the Fantastic

By Hans Rollman

The steampunk cityscapes are fantastic in The Theory of the Grain of Sand, yet the underlying mystery is subtle. 17 Feb 2017 // 7:30 AM

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Fiona Boyes and the Fortune Tellers: Lucky 13

Aussie guitar phenom cuts a joyous swath through electrified raunch, haunted 12-bar vamps, New Orleans swing and rockabilly stomps... if you didn't see the album cover, you'd swear she was black, 50-something and weighed at least 300 pounds.

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6 Nov 2006 // 1:00 AM

MSTRKRFT: The Looks

The Canadian Daft Punk won't be topping Discovery anytime soon.

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5 Nov 2006 // 11:00 PM

Dirty Projectors: New Attitude EP

The seven new attitudes on display here seem to maintain a vague veneer of folk, but also lurch between electronic blip accompaniment, noisy backup vocal arrangements, sudden falsetto, oozing cello drone, scratchy keys-and-flute jams, and operatic orchestration reminiscent of the last full-length.

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The Channel: Tales From the Two Hill Heart / Sibylline Machine

In the absence of the Elephant 6 collective, the Channel turn out to be pretty likable.

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Ellegarden: Riot On The Grill

A very good album from a band that you probably never heard of.

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5 Nov 2006 // 5:00 PM

HBO’s Hacking Democracy

Hacking Democracy is full of moments when authorities are essentially caught with their pants down and lie outright or offer utterly implausible explanations.

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Tim Buckley: The Best of Tim Buckley

How does Rhino's The Best of Tim Buckley play for someone just discovering Buckley's work? It affords a well-compiled introduction to an artist who created art fearlessly, on his own terms, restlessly swimming against the tide.

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Neko Case: Live from Austin TX [DVD]

Blacklisted placed Case on plenty of year's best lists, but this Austin City Limits broadcast may have been her true coming out party.

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5 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Fables

Its respect for its characters and the intellectual nuance that Willingham provides makes it a must-read for anyone out there hungry for a story of real substance that's somehow still got all the primal resonance of a good fairy tale.

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Rain Village by Carolyn Turgeon

I felt as though I, like Tessa, was flying through the air without a safety net.

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'Who' Will Be the Next Doctor?

// Channel Surfing

"What shall it be? A Doctor with whip-smart delivery of his lines? A woman who will bewitch before she kicks a Dalek's ass? Oh, the possibilities...

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