Monday, February 16 2015
Forget the prequels. Even when he's on the Emperor's bad side, this is the Darth Vader that everyone wants to see.
Walter Isaacson's The Innovators explores the history of the digital age as told through the intertwined lives of the men and women who created it.
Part murder-mystery, part erotic fever dream, La Belle Captive is a sumptuous nightmare.
EarthEE, the duo's second album, creates its own singular space, one just as challenging, engaging, and revolutionary as its predecessor.
The Brooklyn-based noise-rock band try for a leaner, more focused sound, but they often find themselves missing the atmosphere of their earlier work.
The guitar playing is impressive, but the loose and self-indulgent nature of these compositions will test the listener's patience.
Cursive's much-loved rage cannon of a record has been remastered, allowing one to hear every mangled guitar chord, every abused organ note, every polyp in Kasher's throat. It's makes a legendarily bilious album even more so, like watching surgery in HD.
Nerina Pallot releases the last two EPs of her 12-EP project: a live EP and some final studio recordings.
Friday, February 13 2015
Kingsman is a cut above the usual winter flicks, but it's also flummoxed by its inability to maintain it subversive tone.
Despite its risqué reputation, this film, like the book it is adapted from, is a generic tale of male power that's been told many times before.
Players of the Dreamfall Chapters may find that more than a little research is necessary to enjoy the game's finer points.
Annabelle pales in the shadow of its predecessor, the far superior The Conjuring.
The Tame Impala-affiliated rock band bring psychedelia into the 21st century with lush textures, acid funk grooves, and huge infectious riffs.
Treats for collectors of obscure Latin groove, but still appealing to more casual listeners.
King Crimson continue to march to the beat of their own drummers. All three of them.
If anything, the remixes on Neneh Cherry's deluxe release of Blank Project are essentially exercises in demonstrating the versatility and the loose and improvised constructs of the original versions' rhythms.
Iranian-French trio makes ancient Persian music new.
Thursday, February 12 2015
Much like the Duracell bunny, Life of Crime has no brain; it has no anima.
With her third release, Anglo-Pakistani singer-songwriter Rumer fully embraces the influences she’s merely hinted at on previous releases. The results are near-perfect.
A very, very rare effort, You, Whom I Have Always Hated, is as close to perfect an album as Thou and The Body have ever put out and nearly as perfect an album to emerge in years.