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Wednesday, February 18 2015

Six Organs of Admittance: Hexadic

While Six Organs of Admittance do an admirable job of crafting big walls of feedback and drones over which to jam, the tracks on Hexadic tend to meander and stumble around without really going anywhere.


Elephant Micah: Where in Our Woods

Another inward-looking, yet inviting collection from Joseph O'Connell’s idiosyncratic DIY project Elephant Micah. Fans of introspective, late-night lo-fi should seek this out.


Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness: Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

An all-grown-up Andrew McMahon forgets the appeal in keeping parts of himself forever young.


Tuesday, February 17 2015

Barb Jungr: My Funny Valentine: Songs for the Wild At Heart, Purcell Room, London

What better way to spend Valentine’s Night than in the company of the amazing Barb Jungr, singing songs of love and loss?


‘The Theory of Everything’ Needs More Jane Hawking

Felicity Jones' remarkable performance can't save The Theory of Everything, in large part because the film doesn't fully commit to her own point of view.


José González : Vestiges and Claws

José González delivers a lovely and dreamy set of songs defined by their humble grace.


The Year That Changed Chaucer From Court Insider to Ambitious Author

Paul Strohm's Chaucer's Tale tells how Chaucer's fall from political favor in London elevated his literary ambitions in rural retreat.


Wrinkle Neck Mules: I Never Thought It Would Go This Far

Wrinkle Neck Mules take their Southern pedigree seriously, mining a rural sound that's chock full of back porch sensibilities.


Menace Beach: Ratworld

Feedback-laden '90s touchstones are in full effect here. Too bad strong songwriting is in shorter supply.


Zs: Xe

Little band, strange name, BIG sound.


James Wolpert: The Entire City

The Voice rocker James Wolpert releases an astoundingly legit solo debut.


Monday, February 16 2015

The Dark Side of Empires: “Darth Vader #1”

Forget the prequels. Even when he's on the Emperor's bad side, this is the Darth Vader that everyone wants to see.


Who Made the Machines That Remade the World?

Walter Isaacson's The Innovators explores the history of the digital age as told through the intertwined lives of the men and women who created it.


‘La Belle Captive’ Is a Beautiful Nightmare

Part murder-mystery, part erotic fever dream, La Belle Captive is a sumptuous nightmare.


THEESatisfaction: EarthEE

EarthEE, the duo's second album, creates its own singular space, one just as challenging, engaging, and revolutionary as its predecessor.


A Place to Bury Strangers: Transfixation

The Brooklyn-based noise-rock band try for a leaner, more focused sound, but they often find themselves missing the atmosphere of their earlier work.


Sir Richard Bishop: Tangier Sessions

The guitar playing is impressive, but the loose and self-indulgent nature of these compositions will test the listener's patience.


Cursive: The Ugly Organ (Reissue)

Cursive's much-loved rage cannon of a record has been remastered, allowing one to hear every mangled guitar chord, every abused organ note, every polyp in Kasher's throat. It's makes a legendarily bilious album even more so, like watching surgery in HD.


Nerina Pallot: Live From Union Chapel / Winter Rooms

Nerina Pallot releases the last two EPs of her 12-EP project: a live EP and some final studio recordings.


Friday, February 13 2015

‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ Pushes the Spy Spoof Only So Far

Kingsman is a cut above the usual winter flicks, but it's also flummoxed by its inability to maintain it subversive tone.


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