Thursday, January 22 2015
The answer to the album title’s rhetorical question is self-evident--Nile is the river with all the rich suggestiveness that reference implies.
A relaxed but interesting tribute to tenor sax giants Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young from one of today's most eloquent players.
Debut and follow-up albums from Echobelly re-released in expanded editions with b-sides, radio sessions and live material.
Wednesday, January 21 2015
Ant-Man learns that living small (in his case, really small) can sometimes be better than living large if it means that you get to be with your kids, watch them grow, dry their tears, all that stuff.
From California to Iraq; from Chile to India; struggles over water are coming to define the political and military conflicts of the 21st century.
Much like its closest television contemporary, Mad Men, Girls comes alive through character detail rather than plot.
Every genre has its retro-revivalists, but the ones that matter are those that inhabit the role and breathe a new gust of wind through comforting styles. Enter Joey Bada$$.
For Lena Respass, the last transcriptionist working at New York's daily newspaper, The Record, a brief bus ride beside a blind woman changes everything.
There may not be much new to say on the subject of death, but with their self-titled debut Viet Cong offer up an evocative contention with the grim reaper.
A band at the peak of its career, one which appears to be happily unsatisfied, yet chronically inspired by melancholy.
Power electronics pioneer William Bennett continues his exploration of African and Haitian percussion as Cut Hands releases its third santeria and vaudou-themed album
The odd thing is that Chambers plays American roots music. She's considered Country in Oz, but she shares little in common with the Nashville stars of today.
Tuesday, January 20 2015
Liliana Cavani's jarring and morally gray exploration of fascist power dynamics reminds us that just as we go through hell to get to love, love can itself be hell.
This will be one big revelation for anyone steeped in a rock-centric understanding of pop history, and validation for those who treasure the Songbook in all its glory.
This documentary may be straightforward and unfussy, but the story of Sir Edmund HIllary and Tenzing Norgay remains throat-grabbing over half a century later.
The alternative rock band's first record in a decade exceeds all expectations of what a reunion album should sound like by not sounding like a reunion album at all.
Even with the discussion of refractions, range finders, and thermocouples, and the light moments and humor, deportation and immigration status concerns are always there for these four boys.
Australian collective brings home The Merri Soul Sessions, 11 tracks of fine modern soul music.
Harrison's legacy and his work was much more than a reduction of earthly values wrapped in a song.
Monday, January 19 2015
The two lead actors of The Wedding Ringer make the film tolerable, saving it from the so-so work of the man behind the camera.