Friday, October 25 2013
A.N Wilson's The Elizabethans is a very readable history, despite the author's inability to get out of his own way.
Wednesday, September 3 2014
Larry Kramer’s blistering cri de coeur about the early days of the AIDS plague gets a solidly respectful but flawed treatment from Ryan Murphy
It's worth crediting Maroon 5 for having spawned a guilty-pleasure earworm, containing just enough traces of actual instruments to remind listeners that digital synthesizers haven't completely cannibalized rock 'n' roll.
Pink City is a real winner, and listeners will be swayed by its gentle beauty.
San Francisco avant garde black metal group opts for accessibility while maintaining its novel instrumental lineup on stellar VI: Flora.
The Baltimore psych-indie band, championed by TV on the Radio, have a new label and a new album that often is "out there" in a less-than-flattering way.
Two very noisy bands try out kinds of noise.
A mature, powerful collection of songs from the Arkansas singer-songwriter, equal parts darkness and light.
Tuesday, September 2 2014
The game earns a trust that allows you to let go of your worries and to just let the mood wash over you, vagaries and all.
What was billed as the biggest fight between Wolverine and Sabretooth to date ends up being a total rip-off.
Most people know Christopher Nolan’s Insomnia; few people, regrettably, know the superior work from which it is adapted.
There are brains here, interesting tidbits that make you think. They're scattered all over the place, like matter without thought, without movement, without electricity.
The Captain America movies are well-suited to mix and match time periods with a comic-book-y flair.
Swimmin' Time is the product of our generation's June Carter and Johnny Cash after the messy past has been laid to rest.
Barragán is aimless and directionless, and it’s hard to see what the group is trying to really do here other than make music that somehow pleases itself.
Put a thousand monkeys in front of a thousand Google searches, and eventually...
There is a dark, dark humor that bubbles up on occasion, but its dry wit can't keep the record from being a depressing listen.
The M-Base trombonist returns with a slippery, funky mix of rock tunes and originals.
Somewhere between remixes and a live album, this brief collection would be less of a let down if the band weren't about to end.
Friday, August 29 2014
Eric Merola's documentary shows us what happens when our everyday language must be turned inside out.