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Thursday, March 26 2015

‘Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter’ Finds Riches in the Coen Brothers’ ‘Fargo’

This film about a woman so obsessed with Fargo she thinks it contains clues to buried treasure turns into a beautiful, chilly odyssey.


No One Gets Away Unscathed in David Joy’s Latest

Where All Light Tends to Go is unflinchingly violent, difficult to witness, and tragic from its outset.


‘Stranger at My Door’ Is a Western That Doesn’t Settle for the Obvious

This isn't some towering milestone of the genre, but it's something harder to pull off: a quietly intelligent, handsomely made, satisfying B-western.


Laura Marling: Short Movie

The eclectic guitar becomes a tool that complements Laura Marling's lyrics on this pivotal album, at times articulating visceral anger and, at others, obliterating psychic barriers and clearing space for something new.


On “the Agony of Becoming”

Green Girl is Kate Zambreno's searing meditation on a young American girl's coming-to-being in London.


The Go! Team: The Scene Between

With heavier rock influence and toned-down electronic methodology, The Scene Between represents the Go! Team's greatest deviation from their original template yet.


Tobias Jesso Jr: Goon

Goon isn’t great, but it is a fine example of what might evolve from pure pop purpose.


Andrew Combs: All These Dreams

Andrew Combs is either ignorant of or recording in deference to the past by rekindling the gilded countrypolitan spirit on his sophomore release, All These Dreams.


Tangerine Dream: Booster VII

The Booster series wraps up as the world bids farewell to Edgar Froese.


RxGF: Any Other Way

There's an innovative sound happening here, with many tracks sounding like they came from the soundtrack of some dystopian sci-fi world or even just the dark Orwellian future that’s currently on Earth’s horizon right here in 2015.


Wednesday, March 25 2015

In Gotham The Kids Are Alright, Day Two

By incorporating genres as diverse as Harry Potter, Dan Brown and Van Helsing, Gotham Academy #5 is as close to perfect as you can get.


Marge Piercy and the Geography of Home

In topics ranging from poverty to war’s ravages to environmental collapse, Piercy obeys the poet’s dictum to act as witness with Made in Detroit.


‘Watership Down’ Is a World of Rabbits in Darkness

Like all great films based on great literature, Watership Down does a fine job of not replacing, but rather complementing the source material.


Earl Sweatshirt: I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside

Earl Sweatshirt leaves shock horror behind and finds something much better on his brilliant third album.


It’s an Art Form, Talking ‘Bout Your Mama

Readers that aren’t easily offended will find themselves laughing and cringing at what is surely the raunchiest history book in years.


Lightning Bolt: Fantasy Empire

In the end, this is exactly what we have come to expect from Lightning Bolt; a set list of fuzzy, overwhelming, noise rock that keeps it simple while never missing its target.


John Statz: Tulsa

Tulsa speaks to more than the desolate environs its sound sometimes suggests.


Contretemps: Pronouncement

Distressing, awkward, disturbing and almost upsetting, this aura of discomfort, if combined with the sound of the term itself (|ˈkɒntrətɒ̃|) is the essence of the music presented by Joel Ebner.


Junior Wells: Southside Blues Jam

Junior Wells and his men straddle two decades and lay down 15 gems.


Tuesday, March 24 2015

In Gotham the Kids Are Alright, Day One

It’s when publishers create titles outside the hype of their most recognizable heroes that writers and artists are able take risks that can lead to some of the most innovative and original comic books available. This is where Gotham Academy comes in.


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