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Wednesday, August 20 2014

Mark Lanegan Band: No Bells on Sunday EP

The Mark Lanegan Band's first official release since 2012 is, unfortunately, a lackluster and unfocused affair.


The Who: Quadrophenia Live in London

The Who, however it survives, repeats that that youthful concerns and ideals matter, no matter how long the band or we endure.


Tuesday, August 19 2014

‘The Expendables 3’: More Action, Less Sequence

As a movie, The Expendables 3 is kind of a shambles. As part of a never-ending retirement party, it's kind of a gas.


Sex Police Future: “Sex Criminals 7”

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’ Lives in the Netherworld of Good Enough

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.


Pallbearer: Foundations of Burden

Little Rock's Pallbearer add some studio sheen with their sophomore release while maintaining the mudslide-like heaviness of their acclaimed debut.


The Impossible Reach of History Is Made Possible in ‘The Hundred Year House’

In one of the best books of 2014, Rebecca Makkai tells a story of time, ghosts, fate, unrequited love, requited love unconsummated, and art.


Paul Thorn: Too Blessed to Be Stressed

Thorn appreciates the little things in life one takes for granted: family, love, a good rock beat, etc.


The Provincial Archive: It’s All Shaken Wonder

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.


Elephant Wrecking Ball: Barren Serenade

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: Slumber

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

Oribtal Gear

Orbital Gear is missing an important label that would allow me to forgive its flaws: the "Early Access" label.


‘Dallas’ Season 3 Is Rich with Reincarnations and Recycled Plots

The real pleasures of the new Dallas involve engaging with repetition in all its forms and taking melodrama seriously.


Making Progress Fun: “All-New X-men #30”

Character development doesn't need killer robots or time-traveling enemies. It just needs to be fun.


Sarah Waters’ New Novel May Not Inspire a Thousand Worldwide Celebrations, but It Should

The Paying Guests is a skillful work of genuinely entertaining literary fiction.


Tori Amos: Unrepentant Geraldines Tour - 14 August 2014

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.


‘Bedknobs and Broomsticks’ Is a Restored Classic Ready to Be Rediscovered

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.


Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas: Secret Evil

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.


‘Console Wars’ Is a Deeply Flawed Telling of a Great Story about Videogames

A book on the origins of Sega, a gaming industry giant of great historical importance, could have been great.


Fat White Family: Champagne Holocaust

One critic tries to figure out why everyone loves Fat White Family and she doesn't.


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