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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.


Wednesday, July 30 2014

Paul McCartney: 16 July 2014 - Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri

Paul McCartney commanded the stage in Kansas City with an astonishing degree of seemingly effortless finesse. A most glorious concert.


Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens: Cold World

With Cold World, Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens deliver funky throwback gospel-tinged soul music of the highest quality.


Goatwhore: Constricting Rage of the Merciless

Unrelentingly pummeling and brutally oppressive, Constricting Rage of the Merciless is a thrilling ride.


‘Fourth of July Creek’ Doesn’t Live up to Its Janet Maslin Review

This story carries a huge load of ambition, and carries it with intermittent grace and conviction, but its doesn't carry the children well.


Gustavo Santaolalla: Camino

Gustavo Santaolalla may have some Grammys, Oscars, and Global Globes at home, but Camino is for himself.


Claire: The Great Escape

The German synth-pop band pull an unfortunate bait-and-switch.


Matisyahu: Akeda

Akeda seems much less focused on garnering radio hits and more on delving into themes, both lyrically and musically, that Matisyahu has resisted in the past.


SZA: Z

If RZA, GZA, and Smoke DZA weren’t enough for you, we’re now throwing SZA into the mix.


Tuesday, July 29 2014

‘Frontline: Losing Iraq’ Shows a History of Mistakes

By the time Frontline: Losing Iraq arrives at the present moment of ISIS, the long history of US missteps in Iraq seems nearly overwhelming.


Immigrants and Aliens: “Superman #33”

Superman is not an alien. He is an immigrant. There is a difference.


Manufacturing Victory: ‘The Arsenal of Democracy’

The story of how Ford Motor Company's assembly-line techniques helped America win WWII, and the behind-the-scenes battles waged in order to get it done.


In ‘The Big Chill’, Cynicism is the Illusion

Never heavy-handed in its response to Reagan's "Morning in America", The Big Chill shows loss, defeat and grief while still being funny.


Shabazz Palaces: Lese Majesty

The innovative hip-hop duo from Seattle is back with another genre bending album.


The Muffs: Whoop Dee Doo

Fresh off a short, aborted stint with the Pixies, Kim Shattuck reforms the Muffs and puts out a very solid album.


Ian McLagan: United States

McLagan has a pleasantly conversational voice. He’s a tasteful keyboard player. While he may not rock out, there’s a nice sashaying quality to the music.


Jennifer Lopez: A.K.A.

Jennifer Lopez has lost her steam since Rebirth. On her eighth album, she's never sounded so boring or flimsy.


PRISM Quartet: People’s Emergency Center

Long known for performing commissioned works, PRISM Quartet release a double album of original material. It is staggeringly wonderful.


Banner Pilot: Souvenir

There's nothing groundbreaking from Minnesota punk rockers Banner Pilot on their fourth album, but it's a solid release from a solid bunch of dudes.


Monday, July 28 2014

‘Love Child’ Crosses the Line Between Real Life and Virtual Life

The parents of the dead child declared that online gaming impaired their judgment, their comprehension, their fundamental life skills.


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