Thursday, July 17 2014
Stuart Cooper's World War II drama Overlord easily deserves a place among the great anti-war films.
Shattered, Reigning Sound's first full-length in five years, is the kind of record that pays tribute to the past, even walks in its shadow, but also provides its own strut.
Neon Icon showcases all the reasons you love (or hate) RiFF RaFF, but it also proves he can put together a cohesive record.
To measure the success of a jam session is a daunting task. The parameters of success are different than with a composed work, and require a different kind of empathy and listening from both players and audience.
Electronic jazz mashup artist Mark de Clive-Lowe collages together a breathtaking masterpiece.
Give a microphone to a musician and he will record the mortality that surrounds him. Give it to a musician with fear of mortality and he or she will describe what life is all about.
Still more world muzak from the globetrotting English duo.
Wednesday, July 16 2014
Norman, Oklahoma serves as a haven for both tolerance and intolerance. This contradiction comes to trouble the parents of Zack Harrington, who killed himself in 2010.
Revelations are often messy and chaotic, but this is one case where the impact is as seamless as it is profound.
What makes this novel interesting is that it is peppered with a cast of characters who are still living in the past, or are afraid of the future.
Peter Weir's Picnic at Hanging Rock, now in a sterling Criterion edition, remains lovely to look at and difficult to fully comprehend.
This British retro-funk duo has created something unpretentious enough to energize a dance floor at 2 a.m., yet curious enough to suggest there’s something just a tad thornier under the surface.
Remedy is a noble stepping stone between Old Crow Medicine Show's past and future.
Ab-Soul's follow-up to Control System sees him forgetting all quality control.
Severed Heads' "Dead Eyes Opened" was an accidental critical success back in 1983. Relive this modest hit's moment in the sun on a vinyl reissue.
Fuzzed-out guitar riffs. Locked-in rhythm section. Emphasis on slow grooves. Yep, Comet Control is a stoner rock band. A pretty good one, too.
Tuesday, July 15 2014
Gary Orfield, co-director of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA, points out, "People who do things that have racial implications always say that race has nothing to do with it."
The spirit of Pete and Toshi Seeger permeated Clearwater Festival as this was the first year without the environmentally conscious folk musician and the filmmaker.
Overly elaborate plots rarely justify their complexity. But there are exceptions.
Laura Kasischke's tenth novel is a dark fairytale about the sacrifices of motherhood and of secrets so deep, we learn to keep them even from ourselves.