Thursday, April 16 2015
As this Estonian-Georgian film shows, in harsh wartime conditions, something as unassuming as bringing in a tangerine crop safely becomes a significant metaphorical act.
Too many reviews of this book universalise Idha’s experience and praise it for providing a window into the Indian woman’s experience. Which women would that be?
Punch Brothers proved to the crowd at Tuscon just why they're one of the most celebrated bands in modern bluegrass.
These eye-popping '60s French capers feature the legendary Jean-Paul Belmondo hopping the globe in a series of illogical but zanily fun adventure pieces.
Lustmore is a widescreen vision narrowed by delicate sonic focus that, unlike so much beat music, commands attention.
Summoning Suns is a perfect entry point into James Blackshaw's eclectic musical journey.
Times Beach is less a collection of poetry as it is an anthology of performance art presented under the guise of poetry.
The fifth album by this Brooklyn-based quartet provides a tribute to their dogged persistence.
This re-release provides evidence that Bettye LaVette should have been famous decades earlier.
Detroit troubadour merges the shimmering decadent of '70s glam rock, the subtleties of indie rock, and the danceable innovation of synth pop on sophomore solo LP.
Wednesday, April 15 2015
Tenor Ian Bostridge has sung Winterreise hundreds of times and here gives it the equivalent of 33 1/3 entry -- only denser in substance, more elaborately written, and with some fascinating tangentials.
Interstellar is a movie full of Big Ideas that end up overshadowing the human element, particularly during the poorly plotted first act.
The addition of a full musical ensemble has done little to alter Villagers’ sound, what with the lush, ethereal arrangements, the lonely reminiscing and reflection, and the hushed gaze that pervades these pieces overall.
On Better than Home Beth Hart delivers a veritable tour-de-force that highlights her remarkable prowess as both a singer and songwriter.
The Blind Writer is less about South Asians and the Indian-American experience as it is about Indian-American men and their (in)abilities to navigate life.
A delightful journey of songs through musical decades and styles, all delivered in Scaggs' soulful tenor.
If you wanted a cover album of Black Sabbath, Nirvana and Weezer's greatest hits but the originals were too strong for you, no worries! JEFF the Brotherhood's prolonged adolescent fixation with their predecessors continues!
Judas Priest's three-disc re-issue of their classic 1984 chart-topper shows that the years have been kind to both the album and the band.
Tuesday, April 14 2015
Stevens goes for a transformative, pensive, and atmospheric live presentation. Ultimately, that’s what makes his artistry so one-of-a-kind and invaluable.
Saga propels readers into new and unchartered, yet always compelling, spaces. From the horribly exotic to the stunningly beautiful, the characters are impossible to forget.