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Thursday, March 5 2015

‘Maison Close’ Brings the Dark Side of 1870s Paris to Vivid Life

Maison Close might not quite uplift you; but, then again, many of the best and most realistic series on television usually don’t.


Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds: Chasing Yesterday

Noel Gallagher may not be completely chasing yesterday, but he certainly isn't moving forward.


Gill Landry: Gill Landry

The Old Crow Medicine Show member stretches his solo songwriting muscle on his self-titled release.


William S. Burroughs’ Ugly Spirit, Resurrected

Barry Miles' work depicts a complicated human being and visionary artist who has too often been dehumanized and made one-dimensional.


Pops Staples: Don’t Lose This

The deep, rich sound of Pops’ guitar captures the immense spirit of a human being that cannot be seen in the physical manifestation of a man.


Kid Ink: Full Speed

Kid Ink is a major label rapper, and Full Speed is his collection of major label rap song facsimiles.


Martin Callingham: Tonight We All Swim Free

Martin Callingham plays it safe with a series of watery folk numbers that might soothe but are too slack and too nebulous to exert any real power.


Wednesday, March 4 2015

‘Batgirl #39’ and the Burn of a Social Media Reboot

Batgirl began her stay with the kind of bang that could only come from being anointed by social media. In this issue, we see that fake love begin to unravel.


Pop Punk Powerhouse

As in any scene, bands form, break up, and share the stage with each other, and the strong sense of community felt by the Lookout alums runs through the pages.


‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’ Fails to Rise Above Mere Bodice-Ripping

Like all adaptations of this classic work of erotic literature, this film misses the mark in capturing any of the poignancy of the novel's fluid and lyrical prose.


Of Montreal: Aureate Gloom (take 1)

Aureate Gloom is a soliloquy to anyone willing to listen, an intense affirmation of the confusion that comes with change, and of the uncertainty that comes with difficult choices.


Of Montreal: Aureate Gloom (take 2)

Aureate Gloom is momentarily great, but it becomes infuriating in a instant.


Parquet Courts: Live at Third Man Records

What is essentially a live-version of Sunbathing Animal takes the hardest working group of lazy-bones in music to places new and exciting... just before it heads back to places familiar and boring.


Charlie Winston: Curio City

The chromatic wash of a futuristic energy glistens over the Brit's latest offering, but stirring beneath are the time-honored signatures of classic pop music.


Capsule: Waverunner

Waverunner provides a definitive answer to the question "what would it sound like if a veteran Japanese pop producer made an EDM album?"


Christian Lee Hutson: Yeah Okay, I Know

Christian Lee Hutson stretches his songwriting muscle on Yeah Okay, I Know, but gets bogged down by a dreary overall delivery.


Tuesday, March 3 2015

“Spider-Gwen #1” Grants a True Second Life

Gwen Stacy takes on a new role and crafts a new legacy for Spider-Men and Spider-Women alike.


In ‘Ghettoside’ Murder Isn’t Just a Crime, It’s a Disease

Reporter Jill Leovy’s intimate and intricate story of murder in Los Angeles is part crime epic and part call to arms about a crisis decades in the making.


Women Run the Street Showdowns in ‘Woman They Almost Lynched’

This woman-centric western isn't a lost masterpiece, but rather an entertaining and sometimes fascinating pleasantry.


Purity Ring: Another Eternity

Purity Ring reinforce their pop charms by tightening their formula on their sophomore album, moving one step closer to pop perfection.


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