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Friday, October 25 2013

The Trouble with Fandom and ‘The Elizabethans’

A.N Wilson's The Elizabethans is a very readable history, despite the author's inability to get out of his own way.


Monday, September 22 2014

‘All That Jazz’ Is Bob Fosse’s Cinematic Self-Flagellation

This excellent, entertaining, and accurate bio-pic of Bob Fosse's life and death was actually co-written and directed by Bob Fosse eight years before he died.


Alt-J: This Is All Yours

The contradiction of all second records but especially this one: Be what people expect when people want something unexpected.


Where Are AC/DC’s the Youngs in ‘The Youngs’?

I loved AC/DC as much as the next lunkheaded longhaired headbanger. But I don't know them any better than Jesse Fink does.


Celebrating the Art and Spirit of Literary Translation, NEA Style

The translation of literature is equal parts art, psychology, technical skill and spirituality – and it brings humanity closer together.


Robert Plant: Lullaby and… the Ceaseless Roar

You have to respect Robert Plant's desire to take the crowd-pleasing, Grammy-approved formula of his last few records into wilder, hazier places. But the results don’t always reach their intended target.


Steph Cameron: Sad-Eyed Lonesome Lady

Sad-Eyed Lonesome Lady is the kind of platter that, if all goes to plan, is going to make Steph Cameron a little less sad-eyed and lonesome when she takes the stage at a concert hall near you.


Flowers: Do What You Want To, It’s What You Should Do

This is a fresh, young band, attractive in sound and approach, playing music with echoes of many great indie-pop bands of the past.


Black State Highway: Black State Highway

Black State Highway's high quality throwback hard rock might have found a place on the charts in 1990 next to The Black Crowes and "Thunderstruck"-era AC/DC.


The Flesh Eaters: A Minute to Pray a Second to Die

Classic L.A. punk album back on vinyl for the first time in 30 years.


Friday, September 19 2014

In ‘A Walk Among the Tombstones’, Liam Neeson Finds Another Way to Surprise You

This latest Liam Neeson vehicle isn't just another vengeance movie; it's about what you expect and about how movies create what you expect.


‘Quench Your Thirst with Salt’ Will Make You Look at the World a Bit Differently

“How literally can you take the metaphor between land and the body?” Nicole Walker asks. The answer isn't as simple as it might seem.


Can You Survive if You’re Not a Monster in ‘Hannibal: The Complete Second Season’?

The landmark horror series steps away from crime procedurals and deeper into its inimitable sense of style in a triumphant sophomore year.


‘Sarah and Duck: Doubles (Vol. 2)’ Is a Whimsical Throwback to the ‘70s

Sarah and Duck finds the fantastic in the mundane in this fine reminder of the joys of the British kids' TV of yesteryear.


Sondre Lerche: Please

Prior to Please, it was fair to say that Sondre Lerche could make a great record. With Please, however, he's one-upped himself and made a masterpiece.


‘Producing Country’ Is Great Oral History

This is an exceptional read on how records get made. We learn how producers coaxed great performances, made power deals, and generally had a good time.


Earth: Primitive and Deadly

Primitive and Deadly may be the dawning of another new era for the Seattle legends.


Nils Lofgren: Face the Music

Possibly the mother of all box sets, Nils Lofgren’s Face the Music contains 169 tracks, 20 video clips, and a 136-page book, covering a big talent’s long career.


Ballet School: The Dew Lasts an Hour

Ballet School is an indelible entry into the synth pop genre, and are at least taking the approach somewhat differently by using guitars.


Ann Hampton Callaway: From Sassy to Divine: The Sarah Vaughn Project

Ann Hampton Callaway covers the late, great Sarah Vaughan incredibly on From Sassy to Divine.


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