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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, October 2 2014

‘Gracepoint’, a Remake of ‘Broadchurch’, Is Both the Same and Different

A precarious balance between precision and messiness structures Gracepoint in its storytelling and in its position as a US network series.


The Wit is Strong With This One

Dear Luke, We Need to Talk. Darth offers an amusing, fresh look at some pop culture classics that you only thought you had overanalyzed before.


Jessica Lea Mayfield, Crash, and Ark Life Play Central Iowa’s Best-Kept-Secret Venue

There's no bar, no restaurant, ballroom or theater. But between the silos and stars sits the music venue equivalent of the Enchanted Kingdom.


In ‘Juggernaut’ a Ship Is in Peril, But Do You Care?

As much as Richard Lester throws the audience into the action, we have no reason to care about the fate of any of the passengers of the SS Britannic.


The Smashing Pumpkins: Adore (Deluxe Edition)

The misunderstood Adore is an album that proved to be better appreciated than enjoyed, but endless amounts of bonus ephemera provides little revelations, a slog that only hardcore Corganistas should feel compelled to make.


Flann O’Brien and His Various Personae Had an Innate Faculty for Finding Things Funny

Ireland's clerical and lay authorities, humbugs and scolds, and the dull "plain people" were not safe from Flann O'Brien's many sharp pens.


Electric Youth: Innerworld

"This year... in a world... 'A Real Hero' will rise again! But this time it's not alone."


The Last Bison: VA

VA effectively charts a bold new course for the band that doesn't need to rely on folk rockers du jour.


Counting Crows: Somewhere Under Wonderland

Memory loss. Death. Being under water. A lot. Counting Crows' latest features some of Adam Duritz's best moments ever, and it's now been more than 20 years after their debut.


Rubblebucket: Survival Sounds

The Brooklyn-based indie pop band manages to make a spirited fourth album without straying too far from formula, even when they should be busting out of it.


Nerina Pallot: Rousseau / Little Bull

EPs seven and eight for Nerina Pallott are a mix of literary ballads and commercial pop; Rousseau leans on philosophy and poetry, whilst Little Bull turns adult.


Wednesday, October 1 2014

Monterey Jazz Festival: 19 September 2014 (Photos)

The 57th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival shone bright as a beacon for a long-standing organization with a mission for musical outreach and jazz education.


‘Band on Tour’ Is an iOS App Developed by Musicians to Help Book Shows

While going to individual venue websites and finding booking information was usually a hassle before the advent of mobile apps, searching for that same information took less time than using this particular app.


‘Ain’t it Time We Said Goodbye’ Is a Reader’s Digest-like Condensation of the Rolling Stones Story

Veteran Stones scribe Robert Greenfield captures a band, and its key relationship, in turmoil and on the cusp of change.


‘Ivory Tower’ Is a Scattered Look at an Important Topic

Andrew Rossi’s documentary Ivory Tower opts to generate heat rather than shed light on key issues in American higher education.


‘The Mysteries of Laura’ Is Too Many Shows in One

Trapped in the hour-long drama structure, the half-hour sitcom that The Mysteries of Laura might long to be never finds its footing.


Lucinda Williams: Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone

Both familiar and challenging, Williams' new record invites her audience to dance slow and close to a set of adult songs for adult listeners.


Bonnie “Prince” Billy: Singer’s Grave a Sea of Tongues

Existential dread is nothing new for Will Oldham's performing persona, but this new record might be his most harrowing yet.


‘Joe’ Rewards Close Reading with Good Jokes and a Hard-Won Honesty

This novel became a Nicolas Cage movie about a year ago. Rent the movie; read the book. Both are worth your time.


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