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Tuesday, September 30 2014

Zoot Woman: Star Climbing

Zoot Woman’s eagerly anticipated return to the electronic music scene rarely reaches the glittering heights of its shimmering title.


Deru: 1979

By making an album for himself, Benjamin Wynn just might end up pleasing everyone.


Bruce Hornsby: Solo Concerts

Hornsby explores his many, many sides on a double-disc that might be tough listening for fringe fans.


Monday, September 29 2014

Hitting the Limiter: “Roche Limit #1”

Any good futuristic tale worth reading should transport you to a believable, yet otherworldly reality. Luckily, Roche Limit succeeds at this…


‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Serves as a Metaphor for Our Time

Like Star Trek, this looks back as it looks forward, situating our present in an alternative world that reflects our story today.


‘Cowboys and Indies’ Is a Helluva Book That Will Become a Go-To Guide

Despite its awful title, Gareth Murphy's extensive and compelling tome is the kind of stuff that music nerds' dreams are made of.


You May Not Get It, But David Lynch Knows What He’s Doing in ‘Eraserhead’

It takes 89 minutes to watch David Lynch's Eraserhead, but it could take 89 years to figure out what the hell it was that you just saw.


Thom Yorke: Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes

Tomorrow's Modern Boxes isn't about any new technology, even with its faux-edgy release through bittorrent; it's about the old question about the power and limitations of our human containers.


The Rural Alberta Advantage: Mended With Gold

On third LP, Mended With Gold, the band pursues escape velocity with the most commitment yet, making the most bombastic and polished arrangements of their career.


There’s Plenty of Realism in “Land of Love and Drowning’s” Magic

While there's a fairy tale tone (think of the original ones, that don’t always have happily ever after endings), the characters are well developed and empathic.


Sun Ra and His Arkestra: In the Orbit of Ra

On In the Orbit of Ra Sun Ra collaborator and Arkestra member Marshall Allen presents a portrait of the jazz legend every bit as complicated and strange as a cross-section of his reality could possibly be.


Lowell: We Loved Her Dearly

If We Loved Her Dearly is any indication, Lowell has simply run out of material, if not ideas, musical or otherwise.


NONONO: We Are Only What We Feel

This electro-dance trio wants you to feel human. Easier done than said.


Sheer Terror: Standing Up for Falling Down

Hate Core is alive and well! Sheer Terror, New York hardcore hate-mongers, return with a new record, new line-up, and their same old abhorrence for, well… everything.


Friday, September 26 2014

In ‘Tracks’, Life Hangs Upon a Single Moment

Tracks explores the problem of authenticity, what it means, and who perceives it.


Tom Hardy’s Role in ‘The Drop’ Makes This Film More Than Just Another Noir

If you follow your instincts and bolt at the start of this sturdy and bleak noir, you miss Tom Hardy creating a thing of beauty yet again


Everything About ‘The Equalizer’ Is Wrong

As much as Robert (Denzel Washington) delivers action and melodramatic conventions, he also hints at another possibility entirely.


Getting Lost in the South: The Hopscotch Music Festival 2014

Did I truly experience "the Real South" over the course of the Hopscotch Music Festival weekend?


A Career in Rock Journalism Makes for Some ‘Strange Days’

Throughout Strange Days Goodman displays elements of what the great Papa described as a “built in bullshit detector”.


Is There Hope for the Creative Underclass as the Internet Changes?

The People's Platform exposes the Internet's capitalist underbelly of exploitation, control and broken promises, while still managing to offer hope for an alternative.


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