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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, April 21 2014

‘Fez’: Revisiting Exceptional Design

Curiously, getting lost in Fez's pixelated world becomes the game's greatest pleasure.


Mean Streets Meet Clean Streets: ‘Bill Elliott Detective Mysteries’

Despite tough breaks, happy endings prevail thanks to the intelligence and professionalism of law enforcement.


Keb’ Mo’: BLUESAmericana

On BLUESAmericana, Keb' Mo' clears a few emotional cobwebs then plays in the mud. It's not his best, but it's got one of his best songs.


Smoke DZA: Dream.Zone.Achieve

Smoke DZA's third album, Dream.Zone.Achieve, is strong on beats but weak on personality.


‘Shotgun Lovesongs’ is One Big Nostalgic Ballad

Nickolas Butler’s golden-toned Bon Iver-inspired novel about four friends in a small Wisconsin town has gorgeous intent, but too little purpose.


Architecture in Helsinki: Now + 4Eva

Lacking their usual frenetic pace and diverse instrumentation, Architecture in Helsinki put out something surprisingly boring


Luke Vibert: Ridmik

The renown British DJ hypes up some acid-inspired beats, but fails to capture attention.


Kalle Mattson: Someday, The Moon Will Be Gold

The goods on Someday, The Moon Will Be Gold are such that it’s easy to consider that this artist is someone who is easily a person to keep tabs on and watch with careful scrutiny.


Friday, April 18 2014

Miley Cyrus + Sky Ferreira: 5 April 2014 - Brooklyn, NY

Miley Cyrus's performance is not a sexed-up act, but a manifestation of her bad-ass, "female rebel" persona.


‘Make Your Move’ Ain’t Got the Groove

Make Your Move seems determined to take the most circuitous route through its myriad generic clichés.


Johnny Depp Is Ubiquitous Not Only in Real Life, but in ‘Transcendence’, Too

The decision to preserve the consciousness of Johnny Depp's AI researcher is a Frankenstein- and Skynet-like Very Bad Idea.


‘Cloudbuilt’: The Devil Is in the Design

Where Cloudbuilt really shines is at the intersection of art and level design. Art and science operate in a delicate dance, blurring the lines between the two.


Jan Svankmajer’s ‘Alice’ Is the Perfect Marriage of Content and Style

Even when darker in subject matter, Jan Svankmajer's films all retain an element of joyousness and childlike wonder.


Slint: Spiderland: Deluxe Box Set

The expanded story of Slint's Spiderland shows that the album doesn't define place or genre so much as it illuminates a singular approach to making music.


‘America’s Forgotten Constitutions’ Bear Potent Messages for Our Times

What can the ‘failed’ constitutions of American history teach us about building community and galvanizing social movements?


Medeski, Martin & Wood plus Nels Cline: Woodstock Sessions, Vol. 2

The funky organ trio gets together in the studio with a live audience and an adventurous guitarist to break the mold.


Weekend: The ‘81 Demos

Former Young Marble Giants vocalist Alison Statton steps out on her own with a collection of demos that seek to bridge the gap between what that group was and what Weekend would become, influencing countless indie pop acts in the process.


The Souljazz Orchestra: Inner Fire

Eclectic, showing an appealing musical restlessness, Inner Fire is both enjoyable and exceptional.


Blue Highway: The Game

The game never stops for the long-running bluegrass powerhouse.


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