Friday, October 25 2013
A.N Wilson's The Elizabethans is a very readable history, despite the author's inability to get out of his own way.
Thursday, July 24 2014
Forecastle rounded out its 2014 installment with aplomb, proving that is only going to get bigger and better from here on out.
The second season of BBC America’s Orphan Black continues its breakneck pace of twists and turns, all the while showcasing the best performance on television.
Yankovic's release-week overexposure lead him to having his first #1 album, but the parodies prove to be way better than the originals this go-round. #Accordions
These are faithfully recreated jet-setting sounds from the golden age of air travel, and the highs hit quite high.
Reformed British band Unkle Bob reform and return with characteristic charm on third album Embers.
LA-based tunesmith Devon Williams decides to join his peers and craft a musical exploration of that trendiest of decades, the 1980s.
The real variance between a band of sophisticated copycats and this bunch is indeed intelligence.
The man who never met a genre he couldn't master tackle old-school hip-hop, delivering a solid effort that is more hits than misses.
Wednesday, July 23 2014
Festival organizers won the day by pulling in some top talent from the nation’s jazz capital (New Orleans, of course) to mark the occasion.
This novel plays hopscotch with different genres, and that’s part of its appeal.
Neil Gaiman wrote a video game.
Even with some dips in quality, these four movies represent part of a remarkable run; you can feel all of them strive for masterpiece status.
Some might be enamoured by the nods to classic rock, and some might not, but what you get in the end is an album of little significance.
Deliverance. This being the singer's 10th album, David Gray presents himself as a complete man with these 11 songs.
Solo piano from the idiosyncratic and omnivorous jazz pianist.
Reissue of the overlooked indie classic by pop oddballs Eric Matthews and Richard Davies.
The songs on A Period of Review were essential to Leimer developing his own style. Whether or not they're essential to your music library is another matter.
Tuesday, July 22 2014
Slaying the Badger constructs an exciting, sometimes troubling story of competition and deceit, focused on the 1986 Tour de France.
This isn't a perfect Hulk story. It doesn't break new ground or raise important issues. But, frankly, who cares? It's fun.