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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.


Thursday, July 10 2014

The Art of Romance in ‘They Came Together’ and ‘Begin Again’

With so many mainstream movie romances mired in clichés, it's up to the indie sector to offer more nuanced, more original versions of the movie romance.


‘Panic in a Suitcase’ Is a Solid Debut from an Immensely Gifted Novelist

Nothing goes unnoticed in Yelena Akhtiorskaya's satire of an immigrant family, and nothing is sacred.


In ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, Trifle Becomes Transcendent

Silly plot aside, the real attraction to A Hard Day’s Night is the music and the way it is presented.


The Clientele: Suburban Light (Reissue)

The Clientele were one of the greatest triumphs of the fickle aughts, and also one of the most overlooked successes of indie pop.


The Skygreen Leopards: Family Crimes

Donovan Quinn and Glenn Donaldson took a straight ahead approach to making their latest, a record infused with immediate charm making its 33-minute running time feel breezy, even effortless.


Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden: Last Dance

Two masters play mostly love songs as if the night were coming to a close.


Bidiniband: The Motherland

The Motherland shows that, at the age of 50, Dave Bidini shows no signs of slowing, and we can all celebrate the fact that he’s still making music.


Kris Delmhorst: Blood Test

Kris Delmhorst aims for a mature, minimalistic style on her seventh studio album Blood Test, a move which ultimately lacks punch and floats by in a puff of nothingness.


Wednesday, July 9 2014

Vengeance Is the Motive for Almost Everyone in Season 2 of ‘The Bridge’

While vengeance is surely a reliable dramatic device, its use here is also potentially more far-reaching.


Invisible No More: “Fantastic Four 100th Anniversary”

The setting is not one hundred years after Reed, Sue, Ben and Johnny were first exposed to cosmic rays but rather one hundred years after Jack and Stan kicked off the Marvel revolution with the introduction of “The World’s Greatest Comic Magazine.”


Paul Gravett Is in the Mood for Love in ‘Comics Art’

Comics Art demonstrates Gravett's deep passion for the world of panels, speech balloons, fine lines and grand colors, subtle shading and transformative images.


‘Quadrophenia: Live In London’ Proves That the Four Sides of the Who Are Still Alive and Well

For any a fan of The Who’s “Maximum R&B” music, this is as close to being there as you can possibly get without a time machine and a hefty ticket charge.


Boris: Noise

This is probably Boris’ most accessible record to date and the overall feeling is that it has, once again, managed to mould its inspiration while remaining quintessentially "Boris".


James: La Petite Mort

Tim Booth lost his mother and a friend. His band's aesthetic betrays his grief. But it all somehow comes out alright.


Paul Weller: More Modern Classics

No collection could do justice to some of the diverse paths which Paul Weller has pursued over the last decade.


Ruthann Friedman: Chinatown

If this was the last day on Earth, Friedman would still go out and greet friends and celebrate the moment rather than cry in despair.


Nikki Lane: All Or Nothin’

Tough and yet tender, sexy and yet seductive, All of Nothin’ appeals to all of your good senses, and it is a wonderful testament of an artist who is very quickly coming into her own.


Tuesday, July 8 2014

Halle Berry Lands on TV for ‘Extant’

Flashbacks appear first as if in her mind (via circular mirrors and quaint iris transitions) and then as if on digital recording (on a tablet), neither obviously accurate.


On Equal Footing: “Sex Criminals #6”

Sex Criminals fits into a category all its own. Is it a book about sex? It is certainly dirty, but it doesn’t exploit its characters.


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