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Monday, March 16 2015

What Some Folks Will Go and Do

Anne Tyler is an avowed fan of Eudora Welty's work, but it's Flannery O’Conner’s old woman down the way that came to mind when I read A Spool of Blue Thread.


The Black Ryder: The Door Behind the Door

Abandon hope all ye who enter here as this devilish duo fail to "Blow the bloody doors off".


Altan: The Widening Gyre

The Widening Gyre finds this veteran Celtic combo journeying to Nashville and intertwining their Irish roots with ample doses of Appalachian mountain music and wholly American bluegrass.


Olly Murs: Never Been Better

Although flawed, Never Been Better has many worthwhile moments.


Friday, March 13 2015

Liam Neeson and Ed Harris Make ‘Run All Night’ Electrifying

This paint-by-numbers crime film is buoyed by the sharp work of its lead actors.


‘The Wrecking Crew’ Celebrates One of the Music Industry’s Best Kept Secrets

By showing the range and the influence these session musicians had on the hits from the '50s to the '70s, The Wrecking Crew proves their place in rock 'n' roll history.


‘Cinderella’ Is All Eye Candy and Empty Entertainment Calories

The audience already primed for more "happily ever after" will be more than satisfied with the results. Everyone else will wonder what the studio was thinking with this strategy.


‘A Place To Call Home’ Is a True Period Piece

A Place to Call Home is a period piece in the best sense in that it embraces its time period completely, all the while showcasing universal themes.


Truffaut Channels Hitchcock and Chabrol in ‘The Soft Skin’

This is a cold film where it's clear something is always wrong, but no one can quite piece together what it is.


Heems: Eat Pray Thug

Heems, having broken away from rap group Das Racist, tackles politics, race and romance on his disparate yet ultimately compelling first solo album.


Steven Wilson: Hand. Cannot. Erase.

Hand. Cannot. Erase. is easily the strongest of Wilson's solo output in terms of cohesive narrative and dynamic song structure.


Tim Lee 3: 33 1/3

Tim Lee 3’s fourth and best release hankers for the excitement of the unknown lurking just around the next back road bend, offering a mature set of rock and roll songs about staying young at heart.


Diamond Rugs: Cosmetics

Not your run-of-the-mill supergroup, kindred spirits crank up the amps on the solid follow-up to their 2012 debut


Little Comets: Hope Is Just a State of Mind

Little Comets' fluttery experimental indie pop falls into a down-tempo rut on their third album.


Thursday, March 12 2015

In ‘Rosewater’, Jon Stewart Conveys the Power of the Human Spirit

In a culture where people Tweet nonsensical thoughts, Rosewater challenges us to consider the ways we can use our voices to speak on behalf of those that are routinely silenced.


The Staple Singers: Freedom Highway Complete

With 50 years having passed after Freedom Highway's original issue, we get a new, complete version of this vital live recording.


Lady Lamb the Beekeeper: After

"They sleep, we live!" Young hearts come hither and feel the After glow.


Motor Sister: Ride

Anthrax's Scott Ian recruits ringers to revive obscure '90s and '00s hard rock band Mother Superior. The resulting album inadvertently makes the case for why Mother Superior was obscure in the first place.


The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band: So Delicious

Being dumb is a rebellion against city sophistication. It’s a clarion call to descend into the mud and morass of country life where being smart has nothing to do with intelligence.


Mikky Ekko: Time

Mikky Ekko shows great potential and promise throughout his debut album, Time.


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