Thursday, February 27 2014
In the ambitious Night In Shanghai, Nicole Mones attempts to recreate a city of nearly a century ago.
Wong Kar Wai’s overkill kung fu epic about Bruce Lee’s teacher doesn’t cohere even as well as his more esoteric work, but its assembled shards make for a brooding, sumptuous experience.
ScHoolboy Q takes everything he's learned in the Top Dawg stable and unleashes it in a very finely tuned burst.
Vertical Scratchers' debut is a perfect rock record because it throws the order and interaction of elements in rock records into doubt.
St. Paul & The Broken Bones keep soul alive and well on debut Half the City
A noisy and occasionally thrilling live set from the Scottish rockers.
Though the music may seem far removed from our present day culture, we can connect to it on a human level. For, these are songs of hardship and joy, regret and celebration – in essence, songs of everyday life.
One of America's best little-known rock 'n' roll bands may not be that way much longer.
Wednesday, February 26 2014
Balancing dark themes with humor can sometimes create an even greater unbalance.
On that particular long day, the musicians were surprised and glad to see each other, recognizing in each other a fraternity that didn't see much daylight, that "lived hard".
If the devil lives in the details, Stanley Crouch’s mission in his biography of Charlie Parker is not just to befriend the devil, but to make him a business partner.
Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman looks more like an Andy Warhol production on cable access than a nationally syndicated Norman Lear sitcom.
Neneh Cherry has always followed her own path in her style. With Blank Project, Cherry has reclaimed the spotlight to deserved applause.
Close to the Glass is a frustratingly uneven album that shows of signs of brilliance drowned out by dull electronic excursions.
There ain't no party like a Slavic party, 1939. We get romance and moonshine in advance of the blitzkrieg in this humorous first novel.
Lost in the Trees always seems to be changing, and the group's third record, Past Life, is its most daring and dynamic shift yet, an album that can both carry the long shadow of the past and pump the hot blood of the here and now.
Although it's familiar and safe, the fourth Transatlantic outing is another intricate, joyous, and incredible experience.
Kanou is a pop-rock album and it's also an impatient album. It never uses four seconds to get a motif across if it can do it in three.
Tuesday, February 25 2014
Rohan Wilson composes a work of historical fiction that never shies away from the horrors that gave birth to modern-day Tasmania.
Look at most superhero comics and you’ll see a white, probably male, face staring back at you. Yet, while the culture has moved forward, most comic characters’ racial and sexual identity remains fixed in the past.