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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.


Moon Duo: Shadow of the Sun

Shadow of the Sun’s fondness for repetition doesn’t come at the sacrifice of the element of surprise.


Amy Speace: That Kind of Girl

Amy Speace’s latest album is one that has the potential to take her over the top.


Rudresh Mahanthappa: Bird Calls

A hard-edged evocation of the free blues spirit of Charlie Parker by a modern saxophonist with the spirit to get Bird right.


Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Psychedelic India

Bollywood takes an acid trip in The Rough Guide to Psychedelic India.


Monday, March 2 2015

Love and Claustrophobia in ‘The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant’

Fassbinder's stifling drama about the sufferings of dependence is high camp, where the sparks fly with radiant colours.


Robin Wright Makes ‘House of Cards: Season Three’ Shine

Its plotholes are not as obvious as they were in Season Two, but Season Three's real strength lies in Clarie Underwood, and her journey makes the best case for House of Cards' staying power yet.


In ‘John Carter, Warlord of Mars #4’ a Warrior may Change His Metal

Marz and Malsuni manage the difficult task of remaining true to the legacy of Edgar Rice Burroughs while producing a story that seems fresh and new.


Animal Liberation Orchestra + T Sisters: 13 February 2015 - Solana Beach, CA

ALO won’t likely be skipping San Diego again any time soon if the crowd reaction on this night was any indication.


‘The Guilt and the Shadow’: Very Dark Fluff

The Guilt and the Shadow is more of a tone poem than a puzzle game.


‘The Devil Wins’ Gives Us the Honest Truth About Lies

This is an interesting historical survey of how Christian theologians have handled the thorny issue of truth and lies.


Kelly Clarkson: Piece By Piece

With her latest, Kelly Clarkson proves that what doesn't kill her (and that voice) only makes her (and that voice) stronger.


Marc Almond: The Velvet Trail

The former Soft Cell frontman's latest rejects pop convention for an album-length singer/songwriter collaboration


Ryan Culwell: Flatlands

If Flatlands was a movie, it would have better been entitled Badlands given its barren settings and austere atmosphere.


Grooms: Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair

Although Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair has a fairly distinct color scheme, it deviates enough to resist the pastel end of the indie rock rainbow.


Doomtree: All Hands

For all the lip-service they pay cooperation, Doomtree's members fight against nobody so much as each other on this dilute offering.


Friday, February 27 2015

‘The Lazarus Effect’ Is an 88 Minute Excuse for Exposition

Because The Lazarus Effect takes so long getting to the supposedly scary stuff, we have to stay focused on either the characters or the content, and both fail.


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